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Insider Kauai Travel Tips for Your Visit

Kauai’s lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches and waterfalls, and extensive hiking trails make the Garden Isle a nature lover’s paradise. Due to its small size, you can easily plan a day of snorkeling, waterfall hopping, and trekking all in one day, if desired. Or you can kick back and embrace this charming island’s leisurely pace of life. Spend less time planning and more time doing once you’re on island by being in the know with these insider Kauai travel tips.


With average temperatures hovering in the 70s year-round, you’re almost guaranteed to have warm weather on your trip. While temperatures remain consistent, the beach conditions change with the seasons. During the summer months, Kauai’s north shore usually sees flat to small waves, creating calm, ideal swimming and snorkeling conditions, while the south shore experiences large swells which can make swimming dangerous. In contrast, the south shore experiences flat to small waves during winter months, while the north shore experiences large swells. For sun bathers looking to enjoy either a leisurely day wading in tranquil waters or adventurers looking to ride waves atop a surf board, these seasonal changes should be kept in mind when choosing the best location to book your stay.


If you’re hoping to catch sight of these gentle giants passing through, one of our top Kauai travel tips is to be sure to travel to the area during whale-watching season, which falls between November and March, with peak season being January and February. There are many tour boat operators that run whale watching excursions that will allow you to experience these creatures up close and enjoy breathtaking views of Kauai’s coastlines. There are also several places whales can be spotted from the shore, especially with a pair of binoculars handy.


While the Kauai Bus provides inexpensive transportation around most of the island, pickups average once per hour during the week and less frequently on the weekends. If you’re hoping to see many of Kauai’s beautiful sights and don’t have an extensive amount of time, renting a car is the best option. Most of the major car rental companies operate out of Kauai and can be accessed from Lihue airport.

Contact Us for Kauai Travel Tips

We have vacation rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Many of our rentals offer full kitchens, resort-like swimming pools, spacious lanais, and ocean or mountain views. Please contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected] to book your rental, and to learn more Kauai travel guide tips and local activities.