The Garden Isle
It’s no surprise Hawai‘i’s fourth largest island is nicknamed “The Garden Isle.” After all, few islands in the world can match the tropical beauty of Kauaʻi. And, with a variety of lush, green landscapes, deciding where to stay on the island requires some careful consideration. That’s why we’ve created the following guide to help you choose the region that suits you best. In each of the five resort areas you will find a wide variety of activities to experience and attractions to explore.
The Five Resort Areas on Kaua‘i
The North Shore of Kaua‘i is known for its spectacular scenery. The area of Princeville overlooks the breathtaking cliffs of Hanalei and Hanalei Bay. Nearby is Kaua‘i’s northernmost point — Kīlauea, home to a historic lighthouse and a wildlife sanctuary. A highlight of the North Shore is the start of the Nāpali Coast, whose breathtaking cliffs rise 4,000 feet above the ocean.
Typically sunnier than other parts of the island, the South Shore offers excellent beaches for swimming, snorkeling and diving. It also features historic Kōloa Town and scenic attractions, such as two of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens and Spouting Horn.
From exquisite rain forest to a sunny stretch of white sand beach, the West Side is a blend of natural wonders and Hawaiian cultural landmarks. Highlights include awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, Kōke‘e State Park and historic Hanapēpē and Waimea Town. The West Side, as typical on each of our Hawaiian islands, receives the least amount of rain, receiving as little as 5 inches per year.
East Side is often called the Royal Coconut Coast because this is where royalty came to give birth and for the hundreds of coconut trees. Many of the island’s resorts are here in Kapaʻa, offering a range of accommodation options along with many local activities and attractions near the Wailua River, including ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls and the Fern Grotto.
Līhu‘e is the county seat for the island of Kaua‘i. It is here that you will find the Kaua‘i Museum, providing a glimpse into Kaua‘i’s rich history, Kilohana Plantation, and access to Wailua Falls.
Flights to Kauaʻi from the Neighbor Islands are approximately 30-40 minutes.
So hop on over and discover the beauty that’s in your backyard.