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The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed

The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed

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by Andrew Doughty

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The finest guidebook ever written for Kaua‘i. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all new tenth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai‘i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize


The finest guidebook ever written for Kaua‘i. Now you can plan your best vacation—ever. This all new tenth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai‘i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, exciting waterfalls, colorful canyons and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Kaua‘i so exciting.

• The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website

• Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best…and which to avoid—no advertisements

• Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by over 100 spectacular color photographs

• 15 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers—so you’ll always know where you are on the island

• Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted beaches, tropical jungles, hidden waterfalls, rugged scenic coastlines, water-filled lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else

• Exclusive chapter on Kaua‘i’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety

• Unique Adventures chapter and over 70 pages of exciting activities from ATVs to ziplines

• Fascinating sections on Hawai‘i’s history, culture, language and legends

• Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 70 resort reviews complete with aerial photos—so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront

"The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" covers it all—from the mile-high summit of Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Kaua‘i visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama‘aina, you will find out more about Kaua‘i from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook."

Editorial Reviews

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"...a must for any serious visitor." New York Times

"Best guide to Kauai...Ultimate Kauai Guidebook." National Geographic Adventure

"...a terrifically useful handbook." Travel & Leisure

"Author, Andrew Doughty, covers Kauai thoroughly." Los Angeles Times

"Best Guidebook...You can trust it...Actually lives up to its title." Islands Magazine

"The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook is terrific--It's like having a savvy local resident with you." Dave Barry, nationally syndicated columnist & humorist

This comprehensive guidebook lives up to its name -- it's the ultimate resource for travelers heading to the beautiful island of Kaua'i. Whether you're interested in hiking or simply relaxing on the beach, you can find all the expert advice you'll need in The Ultimate Kaua'i Guidebook. One of the guide's best features is the fact that it was written entirely by locals. A wealth of maps and detailed directions are included, along with prices, tips, and recommendations. The companion web site features information on seasonal events and festivals.
Conde Nast Traveler
An excellent book . . . strongly recommended

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Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

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The Ultimate Kaua'i Guidebook 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We've been going to Hawaii since 1983 -- used lots of guide books over the years. This series is THE BEST. We have used Maui, Big Island, and Kauai. We found places on Kauai that we had never seen -- from their book -- and we had a condo there for 14 years!! Get their latest edition when you go there. And, no, we have no idea who they are == we do not work for them!! - Cynde, Bend, Oregon
april71rn More than 1 year ago
This is a MUST HAVE book if you are going to Kauai. We first went 4 years ago and bought an earlier version of this guidebook and it made our trip so much more enjoyable! The author is very down to earth and he tells you the truth about hotels, restaurants and beaches. He also tells you about hidden trails and deserted beaches and lots of neat places to go that you'd never know about otherwise. We are going back in June and I just bought the newest edition of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! I just spent a month in Kauai and did not go anywhere without it! I found the reviews to be right on track. The author is VERY honest and won't sugar coat anything. Definitely a must have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfunny to those of us who are Hawaiian. The history information is twisted and downright wrong. Come to Kauai without this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aloha mai. I've lived on Kaua'i my entire life and just got this book to understand where our visitors our getting their information. I was shocked to see how much misinformation and falsehoods it contains. I began aking around our community and found it is widely held by residents to be culturally inappropriate and exploitative of this very special place. And it can lead you to some places that are downright unsafe. Please don't use this book.
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rbaroniunas More than 1 year ago
Well worth the cost for getting a fantastic review of the island for a planned vacation. It is a quick read and can be shared by the entire family!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're going to Kauai this book is a must! The writers checkout everything personally. We used a previous edition, 1996, and loved it. We are going back this year and purchased the 2013 edition. It is up to date information on restaurants, hotels, condos, things to do, best beaches, what to aviod, and what not to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister-in-law got a previous edition when she planned her and my brother's 25th anniversary trip to Kauai. They had a marvelous time and recommended the book to my sister and I for our trip. It has such good and relevant information that we were able to easily plan a wonderful trip with catamaran rides to the NaPali coast, zipline tours, and hikes above Waimea Canyon in addition to the usual things like which is the best beach for snorkeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wizard series on Hawaii are grea! Written by locals who know. The best of any travel books I have used. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used this book to plan our week long vacation in Kauai. Was an amazing guide at every turn. HIGHLY recommend!
fun2readIA More than 1 year ago
Very informative and well written. Detailed descriptions and a "no holds barred" approach to reviews of lodgings, eateries and services offered throughout the island.
SummaCumLaude More than 1 year ago
I discovered Andrew Doughty a few year's back, when I purchased his guidebook, Maui Revealed. When booking my trip to Kauai, my first step was look for one of Andrew's guidebooks. His are the most useful guidebooks I have ever used and I have used the "others" when traveling to Barcelona, Rome, Cannes, Malta and Jerusalem. He provides his insight and guidance, while "other" guidebook seem to just recap information the can be found on the destinations'/vendors' brochures.
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Debbie62 More than 1 year ago
We bought this and sent it to each of our kids before our first trip to Kauai (we had bought the Oahua Revealed during that trip). We looked at this book for everything we did, used it for meals, shopping, sightseeing, hiking and beaches. We used it for general education about the island as well. Really helped us get the most out of our trip. We are planning a trip to the big island this summer and will definetly be purchasing the book on that next. We just got back from Kauai last week and I don't think we would have had such a memorable time unless we had used this reference book.
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Hawaii_Fan More than 1 year ago
I've been to Hawaii many times, and I always use these guidebooks. They are by far the best I have ever used. The details are extremely useful, the reviews honest and the tips are invaluable. This book gives you very precise directions, with useful commentary I have never found in any other guidebook. The maps are so detailed and useful. It would be hard to get lost if you have this book with you. You can tell the author has actually been to the places he describes which helps in so many different ways. Plus, the books points out small places to stop that are off the beaten path, or places you would probably never know about without this book. Even though I have been to Hawaii many times, I would never go without one of these guidebooks.
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Kauaij More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to live on Kauai for a few years. I've read all of the books and this is the only one I recommend to friends and family. I used it while I lived there and it was always accurate, helpful and made for much better adventures. It won't take you anywhere but the best spots on the island. I got to know more places than many of my friends who grew up on the island. If you want to see the real Kauai, this book is for you.
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