Kauai Travel Guide
Kauai is a Hawaiian Island in the Pacific Ocean famed for its dramatic Nāpali coastline. Lush tropical rainforest covers much of the Island’s surface, which is why it’s nicknamed the Garden Isle. Kauai’s pristine and diverse landscapes will captivate you at every turn. From red-rock canyons and eerie swamps to secret waterfalls and sandy beaches, this perfect oasis has it all. There are infinite ways to explore the island. You can hike, kayak, sail, surf, ride in a helicopter, snorkel and so much more. But, your adventure doesn’t have to be full of heart-pumping activities. There’s no better place in this world to unwind and slow down. We’re here to tell you island time is real. It might take you a day or two to adjust to the slow pace and the maximum speed limit of 50 MPH, but you’ll grow to love it.
Here’s another reason to fall in love with Kauai. Unlike the other Hawaiian Islands, Kauai has a thriving bird population. Because there’s no natural predator, roosters and hens are everywhere (literally everywhere). You’ll see them on the beach and along the street. When you don’t see them, you’ll certainly hear them, as they generously provide a kauai-wide wake-up service.
We can’t wait to return to this paradise in the Pacific. For now, we’ll just have to daydream about the ono burritos at Kilauea Fish Market, the shave ice, and the hiking trails.
When to visit Kauai
Kauai has two main peak seasons: (1) mid-December through Easter and (2) mid-June to Labor Day (early September). To save money on accommodations and avoid the crowds, come in the spring (mid-April to mid-June) or in the early Fall (September – November). We arrived in Kauai on Labor Day and stayed for 9 days. Early September proved to be perfect. The weather was warm, but not too hot. And, it wasn’t too crowded.