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Lise Wilson

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Don't know much about the islands

I am planning to go to the island of Kauai sometime next yr. maybe in the spring. I have heard wonderful things about this island but want to know if it would be cheaper to rent a condo or get a hotel. I don't need a 5 star hotel but do want something fairly nice. I would be there at least 10 days and may even want to fly to another island while there to see a live volcano or go to the Pearl Harbor museum. I also don't want to go during the rainy season if there is one. Can anyone tell me about how much the flights would be from island to island? I travel a lot by myself and love to explore everything possible. Would love to snorkel, see the turtles, take a helicopter ride and eat some great food (but not go to the tourist destinations). Any advice would be really appreciated. 

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  • Terry Uemura

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    Kaua'i is considered to be the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. It is not as developed as O'ahu or Maui O'ahu or Maui. It's main attraction is it's natural beauty! Lots of outdoor activities to make you appreciate what this island has to offer. There are several locations to choose from for accommodations. Poipu is the sunnier side of the island with swimmable beaches. This area is the more popular part where most guests choose to stay at. Accommodations range in this area from 3 to 5 star condos and resorts. On the North is Princeville and Hanalei. It is the lusher and greener side of the island and sometimes can get more rain. Resorts and condos are also from 3 star accommodations to luxury resorts. The center part of the island closer to the airport area is where you will find more affordable but still nice accommodations ranging from 3 to 4 star accommodations.

    Interisland flights will run around a hundred dollars each way. Hawaiian will start nonstop service from Lihue Kaua'i to Keahole-Kona, Hawaii. They also have several flights throughout the day to O'ahu. In 10 days I would recommend you combine Kaua'i and O'ahu and plan Hawaii island for a completely separate trip since there is so much on that island to see that is worth exploring. I would suggest fly into Honolulu, O'ahu and do a one way to Kaua'i, spend the rest of your time on Kaua'i then fly back home from Kaua'i.



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    • Lise W.

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      After talking to several people who have been to Hawaii they too recommend going to some of the other islands while I am there and exploring them. Thank you so much for taking time to write this and I will certainly keep this for future reference. · (0 likelikes)

    • Sharon B.

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      I recommend Banyon Harber condos in Lihue, which is near the airport and across the street from the Sheriton. It is very affordable but I would ask for a condo overlooking the bay. All cruise ships come in there and it's interesting to see the ships come to port in a very narrow passage. Recommend KAUAI UNDERGROUNG GUIDE by Lenore & Mirah Horowitz · (1 likelikes)

    • Lise W.

      Lise W.

      I just saw this recommendation and will certainly check on it. Thank you! · (0 likelikes)

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    Each island offers something a little different. Kauai has some of the best hiking of all the islands, kayaking on rivers (not found on other islands) and has some good snorkeling, but overall the water tends to be more rough on this island year round than the others in our experiences. We go to Kaua'i more for the hiking and scenery and stick to Maui and the The Big Islandfor snorkeling. We first started traveling to the islands 16 years ago and usually go to one or more islands every other year so we've explored quite a bit and even though I'd say we know the islands well, I always take my trusty guidebook, Hawaii Revealed books (hawaiirevealed.com). The author has a guidebook for each island and its updated regularly with new places to explore, new restaurants, new adventures, etc. We get a new one each time. Its great for finding those "off the beaten path" kind of places to explore that most tourists know nothing about. We always list out the things we want to do/explore for each trip and try to change it up each time. Kauai has two main sides to the island - the north and south. The south side gets a lot less rain and where most of the "touristy" areas are - restaurants, tour operators, etc. The north side is what most people envision Hawaii to look like - surreal, green, lush, tropical, secluded. It does rain almost daily on that side of the island, but its usually a quick rain and then done. It has not ever hampered our activities. It tends to be cooler on that side of the island too from our experiences. It is more remote though and less places to eat, but if you don't mind driving, there are some good places in Kapaa town and you could drive to the south side if you really wanted, but it is a long haul. There is lots of great hiking up in Waimea Canyon State Park area. As far as places to stay - we ALWAYS use vrbo.com, homeaway.com, or airbnb.com when we travel anywhere. You'll typically find that renting directly from owners will be much more affordable and we try to always stay in a place with a kitchen or kitchenette and a washer/dryer so we can eat breakfast in (sometimes lunch) and take less clothes/luggage by washing stuff mid-way through our stay. You also get more space if you're looking for that. Inter-island flights usually run around $80-100 on average when we go, which is during the summer. Hawaiian airlines or GoMokulele provide cheap inter-island flights. I could write a novel on things to do, see, places to eat, etc, but really the Hawaii Revealed guidebook is the best resource and I can't recommend it enough. Its an easy read with great directions for sites. Read it before you go and take it with you everywhere once you get there. You could also download their app.

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      Thank you for taking the time to write all of this info. Down for me. I will keep it and go back to it when I get ready to make plans real soon. · (0 likelikes)

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