Kauai's Five Major Resort Areas
Makua Beach, North Shore
© Kauai Visitors Bureau / Ron Dahlquist
Princeville and the North Shore
This area is just a 45-minute drive from Lihue Airport and truly an idyllic tropical paradise with majestic mountains, wide-open pasture lands, quaint villages and the extraordinarily beautiful Hanalei Bay and Valley.
The Royal Coconut Coast
Along the eastern shore, ten miles north of Lihue Airport, the Royal Coconut Coast was once the favoured area of Hawaiian royalty and today boasts the largest percentage of accommodations, shops and historical sites in a single destination.
Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbour
© Kauai Visitors Bureau / Linda Ching
Kalapaki Beach Resort
At the island's gateway city of Lihue, it overlooks Kalapaki Bay and the island's major seaport, Nawiliwili Harbour. It is a marvelous blend of resort amenities with immediate access to museums, shopping centres, movie theatres and the airport.
Poipu Beach Resort
A 20-minute drive south of Lihue Airport, Poipu is noted as the sunniest side of Kauai. As such, it was once the so-called "playground" of Hawaii's alii (chiefs). Today, it boasts some of the most spectacular snorkelling and other watersport sites on Kauai.
The West Side
Best known as the place Captain James Cook set foot upon when he first sighted the Hawaiian Islands, offers a fine example of the old-fashioned, plantation-style towns that used to dominate the islands. It's home to the quaint Waimea Plantation Cottages and the charming town of Hanapepe. Organised walking tours highlight the historic sites. A technology and visitor centre offers an educational experience to celebrate the rich culture and history of the early Hawaiians.