Discover boutique hotels in Kaua'i, United States

Emerald isle Kaua'i is the greenest in the Hawaiian archipelago, thanks to the tropical rainforest covering most of its interior. Avid hikers will have plenty of room to holoholo – adventure for the joy of it – like a local along the Waimea Canyon and Nounou Trails that traverse the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge; keep a lookout for secret waterfalls. On the coast, dramatic cliffs and green pinnacles are the star attractions, but you’ll find sandy beaches facing both sunrise and sunset too. Embrace the aloha spirit and learn to surf at Poipu Beach, go snorkelling just off the coast or, in winter, venture out by boat to watch humpback whales glide past the island on their annual migration: perhaps they’ll inspire you to make an annual sojourn of your own…

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When to go

Hawaii, man. It really is a year-round destination – day-time temperatures range between 20°C and just above 30°C throughout the year. If you’re visiting in rainier-than-average winter – ‘Garden Isle’ Kaua'i is wetter than the other Hawaiian islands – it’s the best time to book a whale watching tour.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Most flights from Asia and the US mainland land at Honolulu International Airport, where you can catch an inter-island flight to Kaua'i. Hawaii's major carrier – Hawaiian Airlines – has frequent flights in both jet planes and turboprops; the latter fly so low it’s practically a sightseeing tour.
  • Automobiles

    Book your hire car, which can be picked up at Lihuʻe Airport, in advance; you’ll want it for exploring the lush island.