Over 8 million tourists visit Hawaii on an annual basis. That's just shy of 10% of the global population. While the main island or Oahu are often the most sought out destinations, Kauai ("The Garden Island") can fulfill all your fantasies with even more freedom to explore and relax. Not only is it the fourth smallest island, it also looks spectacular for being Hawaii's oldest sibling at a hearty age of 500,000 years. But like a good wine, its age certainly doesn't detract from its appeal. In fact, if anything, it adds to the wonder of the island.
Arrival at Kauai Island Lihue Airport
Lihue Airport (LIH) is the primary airport of Kauai. It covers approximately 943 acres and lies almost 2.5 km east of the city of Lihue. Two runways and eight gates cover almost three million annual passengers in the single terminal airport. Shops and dining options are located inside the main lobby just beyond the security office. Passengers can enjoy diner-style meals or snacks, and coffee, check out the local newsstand, stock up on some duty-free goods, or pick out beautiful local arrangements at the flower shop.
Multiple modes of transportation are available to and from LIH. Local buses, shuttles, taxis, and rental cars are popular options for tourists. Hawaii uses American currency which currently converts to $1 CAD=$.075 USD. A 12-minute taxi ride to Waipouli Beach averages around $30.07 USD ($40.21 CAD). Visitors who want to explore the island are encouraged to rent a car before leaving LIH.
What to Do in Kauai
Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Island for its unspoiled beauty and pristine natural landscape. Cliffs, rain forests, lush trails, magical waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world beckon visitors to be explored. Hikers and sightseers especially view Kauai as a paradise even though only 25% of the island can be accessed on foot. Local daytime weather ranges between 23 and 26 ℃, so the ocean's prime for swimming and every water sport imaginable.
Waimea Canyon is often called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." It stretches 14 miles long, 3,600 feet deep, and provides panoramic views of rainbow-colored ancient rock formations, crags, and gorges that can't be found anywhere else on the islands. On Kauai's north shore, Hanalei Town offers culture lovers a chance to learn about island history, dive into local art galleries, and enjoy some of the most appetizing restaurants and exciting entertainment on the island.
Kauai Travel Tips
Hawaii is 2,500 away from the mainland which means prices are always higher there. U.S. tipping standards apply, so expect to pay an extra of 15-20% on meals, $1 extra for bag care, and up to $2 USD per night for housekeeping. Cutting costs is easy by simply opting for reasonable accommodations over luxury options. Nights can get chilly, so bring a light jacket for evening excursions. Semi-casual attire is fine for restaurants and nightlife, but suits and ties are rarely worn. Enjoy paradise!
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