About Kauai, Hawaii
Nicknamed the Grand Isle, Kauai is an island located in Hawaii state, US. The nickname is given due to the fact that most of Kauai is covered in rainforests, but most will agree that the nickname does not do justice to the natural beauty of the island. It is home to Na Pali Coast, which has served as the backdrop of many Hollywood movies, as well as home to travel marvels such as Waimea Canyon and the Sleeping Giant Ridge. The all-year favorable climate is one of the factors that make Kauai a major travel destination.
Popular Destinations in Kauai
There are many unique destinations in Kauai and our top picks include:
Na Pali Coast State Park: Located on the North Shore, Na Pali Coast provides a truly breathtaking experience. It is adorned with cascading waterfalls, velvet green cliffs and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It offers the only land access to the Kalalau Trail, which stretches from Kee Beach and ends at Kalalu Beach. Although this might be one of the most treacherous trails in Kauai, many visitors agree that this is worth the challenge. There are also boat tours, kayaking trips and aerial trips available here.
Wailua Falls: Located just north of Lihue and at the end of Wailua River, the waterfall cascades into two streams and drops about 80 feet off the cliff. Experts estimate the drop to be 200 feet. Like other locations in Kauai which were used as film locations, Wailua Falls has made its way to Fantasy Island, a long-time running television show. The waterfall is easily accessible just off the road so there is no need for hiking gear.
Poipu Golf Course: The Poipu Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is located at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa and features state-of-the-art facilities. These include an on-site golf shop, extensive clubhouse and Poipu Bay Grill & Bar. Golfers are presented with ice cooler and water, as well as GPS on their carts.
Poipu Beach: Poipu Beach is the perfect place to sunbathe on the warm sand, snorkel, swim, surf or boogie board. The beach is also flanked by numerous restaurants and on the east is the Poipu Beach Park equipped with clean showers, changing rooms, and lifeguards.
Luxury Lodging in Kauai
There are not many luxury lodging facilities in Kauai but staying at any of the three recommendations below will certainly fulfill all your needs:
- Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Koa Kea Hotel and Resort
- The St. Regis Princeville
Airports In or Nearby Kauai
Seeking a private jet charter to Kauai, Hawaii? Kauai also boasts a decent number of airports for both commercial and private air travel, including:
- Lihue Airport (LIH): This is a domestic airport located in Kauai County. The airport currently does not serve as a hub for any commercial airline, though firms such as American Airlines and Delta use it on a regular basis. The airport covers an area of 365 hectares and is at an elevation of 153 feet above sea level. It has two asphalt runways measuring 6,500 feet each, and also has one 64 foot helipad made of asphalt. The airport has an average of 100,000 aircraft operations every year, and handles more than 2 million passengers a year. 28 aircraft are based at the airport.
- Honolulu International Airport (HNL): This airport is located around 110 miles from Kauai. Traffic to the airport has been steadily increasing over the past 10 years, making it one of the busiest airports in the country. The airport is situated at an elevation of 13 feet above sea level. It has four asphalt runways and two water runways as well as unmarked helipads.
- Port Allen Airport (PAK): The Port Allen Airport is located 35 miles from Kauai and 1 mile from Hanapepe, making it convenient for people visiting Kauai. The airport sits at an elevation of 24 feet above sea level and has an average of 5,000 aircraft operations a day. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,450 feet in length, making it ideal for small aircraft use only. Facilities including hangar rentals and aircraft maintenance facilities are available as well.
- Princeville Airport (HPV): This is a local airport located around 30 miles from Kauai. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 3,500 feet in length, designated 5/23. The airport is not very busy, having around 7,300 operations annually. It is ideal for private aircraft and jet charter use on account of the low traffic to and from the airport. It covers an area of 12 hectares.
- Molokai Airport (MKK): Molokai Airport is located around 150 miles from Kauai. It sits at an elevation of 450 feet above sea level, and occupies an area of 117 hectares. It has two asphalt runways that mainly support general aviation activities, as well as occasional military flights. The runways are 3,100 and 4,500 feet in length each. The airport records an average of 50,000 aircraft operations a year.
- Lanai Airport (LNY): This airport is situated around 180 miles from Kauai. The state-owned public airport occupies an area of 204 hectares, and is situated at an elevation of 1,300 feet above sea level. It has a single asphalt runway designated 3/21, which measures around 5,000 feet in length. It records an average of 6,700 aircraft operations a day and is suitable for private aircraft use.
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