Kauai Travel Information
Getting to Kauai
Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer non-stop service to Kauai. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then connecting to Kauai on a short, 25-minute flight. Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country beyond Hawaii.
Staying on Kauai
There are various accommodations to meet your needs. You’ll find everything from budget hotels to luxury resorts in the areas of Princeville on the North Shore, the Coconut Coast on the East, Kalapaki near Lihue, Poipu on the South Shore, and Waimea on the West Side. Kauai is also known for its charming bed and breakfasts and guest cottages. You can also rent a condominium or home, which is great for on-the-go families.
Traveling on Kauai
Ground transportation on Kauai includes rental cars, hotel shuttles and taxis. Several companies provide guided tours aboard motor coaches, mini-buses, vans, 4-wheel drive vehicles and limousines. Shuttles and tours are also available, though stops will be limited.
Kauai also has limited bus service, but if you’re planning to really explore the island, it’s best to rent a car to keep your schedule flexible. Kauai's a circular island and one major highway nearly circles it, beginning in Lihue and going north, Kuhio Highway (Hwy. 56) goes to Kee Beach past Hanalei. Going to the West Side, Kaumualii Highway (Hwy. 50) travels to Kekaha. Every major rental car company is represented here.
Some of the lush interior of the island is only accessible by air, so you may find yourself taking an air tour. Don’t miss the chance to travel by foot on Kauai’s magnificent hiking trails or vast, trackless beaches.
Travel times from Lihue Airport (LIH) to:
Hanapepe: 30 min
Kalalau Lookout: 1 hour, 40 min
Koloa: 25 min
Poipu: 30 min
Princeville: 1 hour
Wailua: 15 minutes
Waimea Canyon: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Useful phone numbers:
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)
Lihue Airport Visitor Information: (808) 246-1448
Kauai Visitor Information: (800) 262-1400
Agricultural Inspection: (808) 245-2831