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Overview

The finest guidebook ever written for Kauai. This brand new fifth edition has more useful information, the most up to date maps and scores of hidden gems listed nowhere else. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Garden Island so special.
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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.
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An excellent book . . . strongly recommended
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971727915
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

About This Book 8
Introduction 10
How It Began 10
The First Settlers 12
Ni'ihau 18
The Basics 20
Getting Here 20
What to Bring 21
Getting Around 21
Getting Married on Kaua'i 25
Weather 27
Geography 29
Hazards 30
Traveling with Children 35
The People 36
The Hawaiian Language 37
Music 40
The Hula 40
Books 41
A Note on Personal Responsibility 41
Miscellaneous Information 41
The Internet 43
North Shore Sights 44
Anahola 45
Kilauea 48
Kalihiwai 50
Princeville 50
Hanalei 51
Ha'ena 52
North Shore Shopping 56
North Shore Best Bets 56
East Shore Sights 57
Wailua/Kapa's 57
Lihu'e 67
East Shore Shopping 71
East Shore Best Bets 72
South Shore Sights 73
Koloa 76
Po'ipu 76
Kalaheo 80
South Shore Shopping 81
South Shore Best Bets 82
West Shore Sights 83
Hanapepe 83
Waimea 87
Kekaha 87
Polihale 88
Waimea Canyon 89
West Shore Shopping 93
West Shore Best Bets 93
Beaches 94
Beach Safety 94
A Word About Shells 96
North Shore Beaches 96
East Shore Beaches 107
South Shore Beaches 110
West Shore Beaches 114
Activities 118
ATV 119
Biking 120
Boogie Boarding 121
Camping 121
Fishing 123
Golf 124
(Powered) Hang Glider 129
Helicopters / Air Tours 130
Hiking 136
Horseback Riding 159
Jet Skiing 160
Kayak 160
Land Tours 164
Ocean Tours 164
Parasailing 169
River Trips 170
SCUBA 170
Snorkel 175
SNUBA 177
Spas 179
Surfing 179
Tennis 180
Tubing 180
Waterskiing 180
Whale Watching 181
Windsurfing / Kitesurfing 181
Adventures 182
Na Pali Kayak Trip 182
The Kalalau Trail 186
Ni'ihau Scuba Dive 188
'Opeaka's Falls Hike 189
Makaleha Hike 190
Blue Room 191
Honopu Ridge Hike 192
Mountain Bike/Hike 194
Secret Tunnel Hike 194
Island Dining 198
Restaurant Index 198
Island Fish / Seafood 200
Lu'au Foods 201
Other Island Foods 201
North Shore Restaurants 202
East Shore Restaurants 207
South Shore Restaurants 218
West Shore Restaurants 223
Island Lu'aus 225
Dinner on a Beach 226
Island Nightlife 226
Dining Best Bets 227
Where to Stay 228
Where to Stay Index 228
North Shore Accommodations 231
East Shore Accommodations 236
South Shore Accommodations 242
West Shore Accommodations 249
Index 250
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Preface


The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, 9th edition
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Love this series of Hawaii Guidebooks

    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

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Sends a bad message

    Unfunny to those of us who are Hawaiian. The history information is twisted and downright wrong. Come to Kauai without this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Do not travel to Kauai without this book!

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    Buyer beware!

    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.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    i dont know how this guide book got a 4 .5 star rating the data

    i dont know how this guide book got a 4 .5 star rating the data contained in book is trash if it dont get you thrown in jail it will for sure get you on somebodys pissoff list Andrew you are a dubass and have kauai all wrong i have lived on kauai all my life and you need your facts straight befor you write trash like this i vove a rating of - 10

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Would Definitely Recommend

    This is a great book to find some of the more out of the way places. If you want to go off the beaten path and see where a lot of the locals go, this book is great. Have been to Kauai two other times and discovered new places we have never been before. Also the activity recommendations were spot on. You spend all that money to go to paradise, spending a few more dollars for a tour guide in this book is worth it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Great book

    Easy to read, lots of good info, all unbiased advice, funny, great all around

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Concise, practical, & easy to use

    Well written, easy to read. Provides solid local information without falling into the trap of becoming loaded down with local arcane infromation. Excellent resource for the 5 to 10 day visitor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Powerful book in a small format!

    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

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Best guidebook for Kauai!! Don't leave home without it!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    This really is your ultimate guidebook to Kauai!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    The Wizard series on Hawaii are grea! Written by locals who know

    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

    Posted November 30, 2012

    GREAT!

    Used this book to plan our week long vacation in Kauai. Was an amazing guide at every turn. HIGHLY recommend!

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Excellent resource

    Very informative and well written. Detailed descriptions and a "no holds barred" approach to reviews of lodgings, eateries and services offered throughout the island.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    Don't leave home without it!

    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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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    A must have!

    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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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Outstanding Guidebook

    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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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Best Book Available & I lived there

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Must Have

    Everything you need to know about Kauai is in this book. Great for first time visitors.

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