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Kauai Regions Guide

Kauai RegionsThere is much talk, if not controversy, about how to split up Kaua'i by region so that it can easily be described on a website such as this. Why the controversy you ask? Well, Kaua'i, like all the Hawaiian islands, is part of a county politically divided into several districts, clockwise: Hanalei, Kawaihau, Lihue, Koloa, and Waimea. Quite honestly, to the modern day traveler these districts serve no purpose.

The remedy then is to find a way to divide the island into segments that are easy to recognize, describe, and access via the major roads of the island. This is where much of the debate comes from. Every "expert" has their own way of dissecting the island into pieces.

Our way is pretty simple and it's a method we've followed in all of our physical guidebooks and eBooks. Ultimately we've divided the island in a manner that helps us group attractions together so that they are easily accessible along the major routes of the island. This allows us to use our mile by mile directions to easily and accurately describe each spot here on our website.

Explore the Regions of Kauai

The island can be divided into six regions: Na Pali, North Kauai, East Kauai, South Kauai, West Kauai, and Northwest Kauai. Within these six areas is a diverse offering of beauty, history, culture and excitement which makes Kauai one of the most visited islands.

Na Pali Coast — Kalalau Trail, Kee Beach, etc — North Shore — Haena, Hanalei, Kilauea, etc — East Coast — Kapaa, Wailua, Lihue, etc — South Shore — Poipu, Lawai, Koloa, etc — West Kauai — Kokee, Waimea, Polihale, etc — Central Kauai — Wai'ale'ale, etc —

Recent Kauai Articles

  • Kee Beach

    Kee Beach just might be one of the most scenic beaches in the world, and its popularity has grown in recent years. Parking now typically overflows into two additional lots further down the road - so if you want a good spot, plan to come early. The beach offers stunning views down the Na Pali coast, beautiful water, and a great atmosphere in general - easily making it one of Kauai's top beaches.

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  • Kalalau Lookout

    The Kalalau Lookout, weather permitting (usually before 11am) is one of the most stunning overlooks in Hawaii. Looking at any photo of the overlook never does it justice, as you simply cannot grasp the scale of the valley until you see it in person. The overlook is gorgeous and when the sun hits the valley right, it's one of the best scenes on earth.

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  • Tunnels Beach

    Tunnels Beach, like Kee, can be hard to reach due to parking issues, but it's also one of the finest beaches to grace the shores of Hawaii. Tunnels beach offers incredible views of Bali Hai, permits great snorkeling thanks to an offshore reef, and has incredibly clear waters. Parking is best done at Haena Beach Park, and then you can walk down the beach to Tunnels, turn around, and let your jaw drop at the scenery before you.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Waimea Canyon, dubbed 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific' is another incredible place to visit on Kauai. The Canyon is one of Kauai's wonders, and the beautiful colors etched in the exposed earth are sure to impress. There are three impressive lookouts that overlook the canyon, and even a variety of trails that will take you around, down, and within the canyon if you so desire.

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Featured Kauai Attractions

Kauai is an island full of splendor, raw beauty, culture, aloha, and ancient lore. Visiting the island of Kauai is like a journey back in time, back to the beginning of the main Hawaiian chain. Kauai is dubbed the "Garden Isle" for good reason, it is by far the 'greenest' of the islands and thus the most lush in all of Hawai'i. This jungle-like island can attribute its climate to the trade winds that blow over the land allowing the ancient volcanic peaks to catch rain from the sky and pull it down to the earth below.

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Mount Wai'ale'ale is one of these peaks and is the wettest spot on earth, averaging near 450-470 inches of rain a year. In 1985 a record setting 665.5 inches fell - that's 55 feet of rain! In fact, all that rain allows Kaua'i to be the only island in Hawai'i to have navigable rivers. Let that sink in... you can step out of your vacation rental and go kayaking, canoeing, swimming, boating, and even jet skiing - in Hawai'i! You can explore the coast on a boat tour or take to the skies and view the beauty of Kauai on a helicopter tour.

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