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Kauai Vacations


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 $515

1 The St. Regis Princeville Resort

5 stars
4.5 / 5 36 reviews

5520 Kahaku Road, Princeville Map

5th Night Free

Five-star resort on emerald cliffs, overlooking sand and seaFeatured in the Conde Nast Traveler 2011 Gold List, the St. Regis Princeville Resort offers guests a full resort experience on the enchanting shores of Hanalei Bay, considered one of the most beautiful spots in... More

Hotel only $288

2 The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

4 stars
4.4 / 5 208 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 $369

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 $245

4 Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

4 stars
4.4 / 5 109 reviews

4-820 Kuhio Highway Map

Limited Time Offer - Book Now and Save

Resort adds glam to Coconut Coast with fantasy pool and luxury condosWaipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger spreads over 12.6 acres with a 300,000-gallon fantasy pool in the heart of it. Units range from hotel rooms to two-bedroom vacation condos,... More

Hotel only $159

5 Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 333 reviews

4331 Kauai Beach Drive Map

Hawaii Sale- Save 30%

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 $204

6 Kauai Beach Villas

4 stars
4.2 / 5 11 reviews

4330 Kauai Beach Drive Map

In addition to the pool and the sunning area, you will find tennis courts and outdoor barbecue and picnic areas. You will also find winding pathways, where you can enjoy lush flower gardens and a private lagoon, and wander onto the beautiful walking beach fronting the... More

Hotel only $119

7 Makai Club

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

4180 Lei O Papa Road Map

Save 15% Off

The Makai Club Resort is located on the stunning North Shore of Kauai, and is right next to the Makai Golf Club. The accommodations at the Makai Club Resort include cottages and condominiums, which are either one or two bedrooms. Some rooms offer views of the Makai Golf... More

8 Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

3 stars
4.2 / 5 111 reviews

2253 Poipu Road Map

No Resort Fees

Low-rise condos with tranquil gardens and ponds in Poipu.The former home of Hector Moir, manager of Koloa Sugar Plantation, and his wife, Alexandra, sits at the heart of Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger, a 33-acre condominium resort. Guests today are... More

Hotel only $115

9 Aston Islander on the Beach

3 stars
4.0 / 5 540 reviews

440 Aleka Place Map

Save With Already Reduced Non-Refundable Rates

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 $280

10 Kauai Marriott Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 240 reviews

Kalapaki Beach, 3610 Rice Street Map

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.