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Your Kauai vacation

Ready to experience paradise on your next vacation? Kauai’s plantation-days pace and land-that-time-forgot landscape rekindle the romance that put Hawaii on the map. Bronze like a beach babe on Poipu Beach or escape to dreamy Anini Beach. Charter the dramatic Na Pali Coast, blow a kiss on Hanalei Pier and enjoy the charm of roadside chickens.

Your Kauai vacation takes flight at Orbitz. With best places to stay, top 10 must-sees and behind-the-scenes island scoop, you'll be saying aloha in no time.

Best time to take a vacation to Kauai

  • Best Time to Go on a Kauai vacation

    With a year-round temperature averaging 70 to 85 degrees, even summer spends the winter in Hawaii. On Kauai, the Poipu area is often sunniest, while the tropical North Shore’s more frequent showers create waterfalls and rainbows.

    Winter and early spring are the highest seasons for prices and crowds, which decrease come early summer as well as September through November. Rates and crowds peak again in December as the holidays and humpback whales arrive.

    You may want to time your trip with a local event such as the Koloa Plantation Days Celebration in July, Kauai Mokihana Festival in September or December’s cheery Festival of Lights.

Insider tips for Kauai travel

  • Pali Ke Kua Beach (aka Hideaways)

    This dreamy duo of pocketsize beaches on the North Shore is a snorkeler’s paradise in summer’s calm seas. The reckless cliff-route down deters the crowds, too.

  • Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail

    East Kauai opens to the ocean along miles of connected coastal pathway, perfect for long walks and biking. Meet the locals and savor some of Kauai’s best views.

  • Allerton, Limahuli and McBryde Gardens

    Explore a tropical-paradise trio of seriously scientific botanical gardens, with diverse landscapes ranging from estate statues and fountains to ancient Hawaiian archeological sites.

  • Koloa Rum Co

    Kauai makes some seriously yummy rum. Learn how it's made from Island-grown sugarcane and mountain rainwater. An onsite tasting room also sells bottled goods.

  • Pono Market

    Drop by this Kauai gem for local-style grinds such as fresh-made laulau, manju, poke and Spam chorizo, made right in Kapaa.

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Kauai Vacation Packages

Hotel only $340

1 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

5 stars
4.7 / 5 218 reviews

1571 Poipu Road Map

Every 5th night free, Includes buffet breakfast

Opulent Poipu resort is both playground and blissful retreatAcres of saltwater lagoons and freshwater pools, grottos, waterfalls, and an extravagance of tropical blooms create a setting so lush it could be a movie backdrop for the ultimate island love story. Tranquil but... More

Hotel only $265

2 The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

4 stars
4.4 / 5 207 reviews

3838 Wyllie Road Map

Already Discounted Non Refundable Rates

North-shore villa resort offers room to move and sweeping vistasPerched on a cliff, the 346-room Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas lies between the verdant green of the north shore's natural landscape and startling blue of the Pacific. The look and feel is upscale... More

Hotel only $349

3 Koa Kea Hotel and Resort

4 stars
4.7 / 5 88 reviews

2251 Poipu Road Map

Intimate resort on Poipu Beach evokes the pleasures of island romanceThe antithesis of cookie cutter, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate, 121-room boutique hotel on 3 serene acres. It conjures up romance at every turn, offering services and amenities galore so... More

Hotel only $85

4 Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

420 Papaloa Rd Map

Book Now and Save 30%

Budget-friendly hotel overlooks Wailua Beach on the Royal Coconut CoastEasy on the budget, Kauai Shores, an Aqua Hotel is a newly renovated garden-style lodging overlooking the ocean on the east shore of Kauai. There are not a lot of frills here, but basic vacation needs... More

Hotel only $119

5 Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 319 reviews

4331 Kauai Beach Drive Map

Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for 2 Daily

Plantation-style goes upscale on Kauai's Royal Coconut CoastSet on 25 acres along a three-mile beach -- Kauai's longest -- Aqua Kauai Beach Resort evokes the graciousness of the plantation era but with a host of contemporary amenities. The beach, which is... More

Hotel only $395

6 The St. Regis Princeville Resort

5 stars
4.5 / 5 36 reviews

5520 Kahaku Road, Princeville Map

5th Night Free

Situated on one of the most beautiful sites in the world, The St. Regis Princeville Resort is Hawaii's most exclusive address. Elegantly appointed, its guest rooms and suites are inspired by contemporary design and Hawaii's sense of place. From this ocean side retreat you... More

Hotel only $199

7 Hanalei Bay Resort

3 stars
3.4 / 5 16 reviews

5380 Honoiki Road Map

Casual and low key overlooking Hanalei Bay beachA naturally lush landscape and a freeform pool with splashing waterfalls welcome guests to the Legacy Vacation Resorts - Hanalei Bay. Meander through picturesque hillside grounds and down to Hanalei Bay beach for some... More

Hotel only $169

8 Sheraton Kauai Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 527 reviews

2440 Hoonani Road Map

Already Discounted Non Refundable Rates

Low-rise resort for beach lovers on Kauai's sunny south coast Sheraton Kauai Resort is the ultimate gathering place boasting magnificent oceanfront views of Poipu Beach, a convenient distance from the famous First Break Surf Spot and trendy on-site restaurants like... More

Hotel only $115

9 Aston Islander on the Beach

3 stars
4.0 / 5 532 reviews

440 Aleka Place Map

Every 4th Night Free

Utterly relaxing condo haven on the east shore of KauaiVacationers looking for nice, affordable beachfront digs in one of the top locations on Kauai will find much to love at Aston Islander on the Beach. Low-key and peaceful, the resort sits on six landscaped acres along... More

Hotel only $199

10 Kauai Marriott Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 229 reviews

Kalapaki Beach, 3610 Rice Street Map

Book Now and Save 26%

Luxury resort entices with gentle waves and challenging fairways Spread across 800 acres edging Kalapaki Beach, swanky Kauai Marriott Resort has what it takes for a fabulous tropical vacation, not the least of which is a 26,000-square-foot mega pool and Jack Nicklaus... More

Kauai highlights

  • Kauai
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

    Clouds of swirling seabirds, a vintage lighthouse and offshore whales in winter make this stop a nature-lover's bliss.

  • Hanalei

    Old Hawaii emerges from the watercolor-painting mist in Hanalei, a dreamscape of verdant taro patches, narrow bridges, plantation-style architecture and sleepy beachfront.

  • Poipu Beach

    Find your corner of paradise at the haute couture of Kauai beaches: ultra sunny, style-perfect and hemmed with a low-rise-resort coastline.

  • Kalalau Trail

    The legendary (and strenuous) 22-mile-roundtrip trail presents Kauai’s most picturesque coastline in epic proportions. Sample it with a daytrip, turning around after two miles at Hanakapiai.

  • Waimea Canyon - Kokee State Park

    The great green flanks of the Na Pali Coast hide a deep-red canyon interior that you've got to see to believe. The park also hosts a surreal collection of Jurassic Park-style trails.

  • Opaekaa Falls

    A tropical-island cascade in Fantasy Island fashion, Wailua River’s Opaekaa Falls offers the perfect brag-on-Facebook views.

  • Wailua River State Park

    Kayak up a lazy river to Fern Grotto, the romantic subject of 1950s postcards. Explore archeological sites at Wailua Complex, a National Historic Landmark.

  • Anini Beach

    Cry a tear for beauty’s sake at Anini, a turquoise-sea, golden-sand, nature-fringed beach beauty. The offshore reef creates shallow swimming-lagoon conditions.

  • Na Pali Coast

    Mother Nature went all tiger-momma when she etched this remote coastline, a panorama of needle-sharp peaks, virgin beachlets and mysterious valleys. Worth every minute (and dollar) on a boat or helicopter tour.