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Condo in Princeville
Sea and Sky Kauai, an Oceanfront Penthouse
This modern and newly renovated honeymoon beach retreat has breathtaking panoramic ocean and coastline views. Lounge in the daybed while gazing at the sweeping vista from Anini reef to Kilauea Lighthouse. Some have said "it feels like being on a ship at sea" as they witness whales breaching in the ocean and waves peeling on the reef from this magical location. A rare penthouse unit with high ceilings, views from every room, even the famous Bali Hai from the deck. Truly a couple's dream!
Oct 15 – 22
$495 per night
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Cottage in Hanalei
Romantic Garden Cottage,View! Pool! TVNC#1065
Escape to a romantic paradise, tucked away on an acre of lush gardens in the dazzling Wainiha River Valley. Perched atop a bluff overlooking the valley, you are immersed in the serenity and opulence of your private pool and spa, surrounded by vibrant colors and lush greenery, creating a truly surreal and romantic atmosphere. Just miles away, discover some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Let this idyllic retreat transport you to a world of pure romance and bliss.
Jan 29 – Feb 5
$594 per night
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Home in Hanalei
Nico Hale TVNC-1036
Our home was recently voted one of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler. The home is a secluded jungle cottage on the North Shore of Kauai. We are located just a short drive from local beaches and hikes on the north shore of Kauai in the neighborhood of Wainiha, which is 15 minutes from Hanalei town. The home is surrounded by lush tropical jungle, fruit trees and sweeping jungle views from every window. Listing photos have been updated June 2023 Mahalo
Jul 4 – 11
$600 per night

Kauai condominiums

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Condo in Kapaa, Kauai
Ocean view Studio in Hotel complex - Kauai
Dec 4 – 11
$163 per night
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Condo in Lihue
OCEAN FRONT private parlor @Marriott beach club
Dec 6 – 13
$389 per night
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Condo in Princeville
Brand New Luxurious Condo on North Shore Kauai
Aug 3 – 10
$500 per night
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Condo in Lihue
Oceanfront, Private Lanai, Steps to Beach
Aug 27 – Sep 3
$398 per night
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Condo in Princeville
~The Surfshack~ with breathtaking ocean views!!
Jan 16 – 23
$550 per night
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Condo in Princeville
Divine Oceanfront Condo, Spectacular Sunset Views!
Jun 25 – Jul 2
$525 per night
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Condo in Koloa
Suite Hale Kauai 1Br Poipu Condo walk to beach
Nov 29 – Dec 6
$326 per night
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Condo in Princeville
Honeymooner's Condo! Princeville at Hanalei
Feb 6 – 13
$318 per night
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Condo in Princeville
Amazing Views above Beautiful Hanalei Bay
Nov 25 – Dec 2
$317 per night
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Condo in Princeville
The Hideaway - Pali Ke Kua Ocean Views (with AC!)
Nov 4 – 11
$320 per night
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Condo in Princeville
Jewel of the Pacific. Oceanfront condo at Sealodge
Oct 27 – Nov 3
$355 per night
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Condo in Kapaʻa
Beachfront oceanside condo in paradise A/C pool/HT
Jan 22 – 29
$284 per night

Kauai houses

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Home in Hanalei
Ha'ena Beach House TVNC-4215
Dec 6 – 13
$600 per night
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Home in Hanalei
Romantic Hanalei Beach-Tsunami evac zone TVNC1280
Dec 9 – 16
$385 per night
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Home in Hanalei
Cycle or Walk to Hanalei Bay
Dec 6 – 13
$876 per night
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Home in Kapaa
The Lime House 4BDRM 2Bath Steps from the Beach!
Aug 14 – 21
$500 per night
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Home in Koloa
Private Guest House in Poipu Beach
Nov 3 – 10
$203 per night
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Home in Kapaʻa
Sleeping Giant Cottage with Plunge Pool TNVC 1244
Oct 13 – 20
$453 per night
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Home in Koloa
Private beach home, A/C , Sleeps 8, walk to beach
Feb 19 – 26
$506 per night
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Home in Princeville
Affordable, Comfortable, Convenient
Oct 5 – 12
$145 per night
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Home in Koloa
Hale Luna 3bd 2bath short distance to Beach
Nov 27 – Dec 4
$646 per night
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Home in Princeville
Perfect for Families! w/ Tree House and Trampoline
Nov 8 – 15
$383 per night
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Home in Princeville
Victoria Loop w/Private Pool! A/C+Waterfall Views
Sep 13 – 20
$564 per night
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Home in Koloa
Poipu Estate: Walk to beach, Sleeps 8-16, AC, Pool
Sep 7 – 14
$996 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Kauai

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Bungalow in Hanalei
Kai Honu
Aug 3 – 10
$311 per night
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Guest suite in Princeville
Updated Hawaiiana Charmer ~ Basecamp to Adventure
Jun 1 – 8
$255 per night
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Vacation home in Princeville
Northshore Oceanfront: Top Floor/Corner-SealodgeD9
Jul 6 – 13
$363 per night
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Apartment in Kapaʻa
Beach front unit with breathtaking ocean view & AC
Sep 9 – 16
$279 per night
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Guest suite in Koloa
SUITE DREAMS 3 min. walk to beach Air Conditioning
Aug 21 – 28
$266 per night
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Condo in Kapaa
Beautifully updated ocean front condo
Oct 18 – 25
$312 per night
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Condo in Kapaa
DIRECT OCEAN FT Full Kitchen KINGBD... Kapaa Sands
Jul 17 – 24
$309 per night
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Guesthouse in Koloa
Poipu Tropical Retreat with AC & Pool/Gym Access
May 29 – Jun 5
$355 per night
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Apartment in Kapaa
Colorful 1 BR loft ► 5 min to beach
Mar 20 – 27
$145 per night
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Condo in Koloa
Serene Location, AC, sleeps 4, pool access
Sep 22 – 29
$300 per night
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Condo in Kapaʻa
Ocean Front Condo Steps to Beach 1BD/1BA Sleeps 4
Feb 5 – 12
$261 per night
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Condo in Kapaa
Central location, Steps from Ocean!
Apr 30 – May 7
$210 per night

Your guide to Kauai

All About Kauai

Kauai’s reputation as the most tropical of all the Hawaiian Islands is well deserved. The verdant isle, which erupted into existence over 5 million years ago, is 552 square miles of emerald jungles, jagged volcanic spires, lush waterfalls, aquamarine pools, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you’re the active type, there’s so much to do on Kauai — hiking, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, horseback riding, and much more. The island is also a mellower and less crowded experience when compared to either Oahu or Maui, and it’s not uncommon to find a stretch of beach or hiking trail to call your own.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kauai

Vacationers will be pleased to know temperatures are pleasantly warm in Kauai year- round, peaking around August with an average of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, reflective of the island’s lush greenery, it also drizzles and rains year-round. The dry season spans from April through October, with wetter storms arriving more regularly between November and March. But rain is often intermittent, allowing interludes of sunshine to peek through most days.

Despite its Garden Island moniker, Kauai hosts numerous microclimates to prepare for if you explore beyond the beaches. These microclimates span from shirt-soaking humidity in the tropical rainforests to arid heat on the southwestern side, where cactus can be common. It’s always a good idea to pack a light windbreaker, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when visiting Kauai.


Top things to do in Kauai

Na Pali Coast Trail

Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a hiker, the first 2 miles of the 11-mile out-and-back Kalalau Trail deserve the effort. The views along this steep oceanside trail are spectacular, with a picturesque pocket beach and the hidden valley of Hanakāpī‘ai awaiting.

Waimea Canyon State Park

Imagine the Grand Canyon overtaken by a tropical jungle and you get a rudimentary sense of the awe-inspiring vistas visitors experience while surveying this majestic, red-tinged canyon.

Mount Waiʻaleʻale

Anyone approaching the sheer emerald walls of Mount Waiʻaleʻale, which reach upward 5,148 feet, shouldn’t expect to stay dry. Reputedly the wettest place on Earth and the originating source of all seven of Kauai’s rivers, Mount Waiʻaleʻale requires a special guide (or helicopter ride) to explore, but is a uniquely Kauai experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Kauai?

    Kauai enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures typically ranging between 70°F (21°C) and 85°F (29°C) all year round. Rain is more frequent between November and March, especially in the north and east, while the south and west coasts are generally drier.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Kauai?

    Explore the natural wonder of Na Pali Coast by boat or helicopter, immerse yourself in the tropical beauty of Waimea Canyon, or snorkel in the clear waters of Poipu Beach. Don't miss the chance to hike the Kalalau Trail for breathtaking views, or visit a traditional Hawaiian luaus to experience local culture and cuisine.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Kauai?

    The most popular time to visit Kauai is during the summer months from April to October due to the warm, tropical weather. However, you may want to consider visiting in January for the Pacific Missile Range Facility's Discover Kauai Day, which is a community event featuring local food, music, and crafts.

  • What are the best places to stay in Kauai?

    Popular areas to stay in Kauai include Princeville for its luxury resorts, Poipu for its beach access and family-friendly accommodations, and Kapaa for its affordability and central location. Lihue is also a popular choice due to its proximity to the airport and various amenities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Kauai?

    Kauai has many scenic and historical sites to explore, such as the Fern Grotto, Wailua River State Park, and Kilauea Lighthouse. Consider visiting the Limahuli Garden and Preserve to see rare plants, or explore the Old Koloa Town for a glimpse into Kauai's sugar plantation history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Kauai?

    For those who enjoy hiking, explore the stunning Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast, or take the Awa'awapuhi Trail that leads to a lookout over the valley. The Kuilau Ridge Trail offers lush rainforest views, while the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail takes you along the sea cliffs and sand dunes of the south coast.

  • What are some family activities to do in Kauai?

    Families can enjoy a range of activities in Kauai. Explore the National Tropical Botanical Garden, take a river kayak tour on the Wailua River, or enjoy a day on the sunny shores of Poipu Beach. The Kauai Children's Discovery Museum is also a wonderful place for kids to learn and have fun.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Kauai?

    Visit the coastal town of Hanalei with its stunning bay and historic pier or head to Kalaheo to explore the Kauai Coffee Estate. A trip to Polihale State Park offers a remote beach experience, while a visit to the Allerton Garden provides a tranquil setting with exotic plants.

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