Kauai is Hawaii’s emerald isle, draped with lush rainforests and fringed by white sandy beaches. Waterfalls cascade down giant cliffs and other natural wonders include Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. The pace of life is slow in this peaceful paradise, where no building can exceed the height of a coconut tree and even the biggest town has a population of just 10,000.
Kauai is green for a reason and there is always the chance of rain on the ‘Garden Isle’, but the weather is warm with average temperatures in the 70s all year round.
The summer months are warmer and drier: this is a popular time for a vacation, so plan ahead if you are booking flights.
November to March is the wet season, but Kauai is still a popular destination for some winter warmth, and it can be very busy from December onwards. The mountainous terrain means that the weather can be localized, but the more sheltered south and west of the island are drier.
The best times to pick up Cheap Flights to Kauai are between mid-April and mid-June or September through to mid-December. At these times of year the beaches are quiet and the weather is at its best.
Events to look out for include the Kauai Polynesian Festival over Memorial Weekend in late-May and October’s annual Coconut Festival.
Use our ‘Nearby Airports’ option under your chosen departure and arrival airport to explore deals available from different places. Lots of flights come to Kauai from Honolulu, so it pays to look for connecting flights.
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Optimal flight times from US cities to Kauai include:
Lihue Airport is near Kauai’s capital in the southeast of the island. It’s just a 40-minute hop from Honolulu, but there are still plenty of direct flights from and to the mainland.
The number 70 bus takes passengers to downtown Lihue or there are eight car hire companies in the arrivals hall.
Airlines flying from US cities to Kauai include:
The best way to explore the island is by hire car, and you might want to invest in a 4x4 as not all the roads are sealed. The terrain of Kauai so rugged that the roads do not extend all the way round the island.
Buses operate along the main highways but do not go as far as the Na Pali Coast Wilderness or other attractions such as Waimea Canyon. For these you can book a taxi – but you should do so in advance for excursions.
Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of the Pacific - is an awe-inspiring sight. It is 10 miles long, a mile wide and 900m deep. The Waimea Canyon National Park also offers some wonderful hiking routes.
You cannot go to a Hawaiian island and not visit the beach, and Kauai has plenty to choose from. Makua beach on the north shore, also known as ‘tunnels’, has pristine sand and great snorkeling. Kalapaki Beach near Lihue is popular with sunbathers and surfers.
Enjoy some Polynesian food and culture at Luau Kalamaku, set in the Kilohana plantation. There are local arts and crafts, live music and dancing and traditional food.
Always check the sea conditions before going swimming, especially on the north and west shores.
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