About Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai offers the perfect beach holiday location. Almost circular in shape, with a lush picture-perfect landscape of tropical rainforest, towered cliffs and more than 60 stunning white-sand beaches, Kauai is renowned as one of the world’s most idyllic islands – perfect for a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
Things to do and see
Formed more than six million years ago by volcanoes, the primal landscape of Hawaii’s oldest island has been captured in many movie scenes including King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific and Jurassic Park.
A state law decrees that no building on the island may exceed the height of a coconut tree, which means there are no high rises, no sprawling urban centres, no enormous shopping malls and not even a four-lane highway. Instead, expect to stroll among a profusion of native ferns, birds of paradise, hibiscus and colourful bougainvillea.
Kauai is also home to Mount Waialeale, whose summit, rarely seen as it is usually shrouded in clouds, is known to be the wettest spot on earth.
Best time to visit Kauai?
Kauai is balmy and warm all year round, with an average 27°C. Winter (December to March) can be wet and slightly cooler than summer (June to August).
Summer is best for both kayaking, when the sea is calmer, and hiking – the Kalalau Trail is treacherously slippery during the winter rains.
Surf conditions are seasonal: the North Shore and Westside waters are typically calm from May to September, with high surf from October to April, but the South Shore and Eastside conditions are just the opposite.
For more climate info: Kauai Weather Guide
Location – Kauai lies to the northwest of Oahu. The Hawaiian islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, around 3860km from mainland USA. How to get to Kauai . . .