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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About 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.
Table of Contents
|About This Book||8|
|How It Began||10|
|The First Settlers||12|
|What to Bring||21|
|Getting Married on Kaua'i||25|
|Traveling with Children||35|
|The Hawaiian Language||37|
|A Note on Personal Responsibility||41|
|North Shore Sights||44|
|North Shore Shopping||56|
|North Shore Best Bets||56|
|East Shore Sights||57|
|East Shore Shopping||71|
|East Shore Best Bets||72|
|South Shore Sights||73|
|South Shore Shopping||81|
|South Shore Best Bets||82|
|West Shore Sights||83|
|West Shore Shopping||93|
|West Shore Best Bets||93|
|A Word About Shells||96|
|North Shore Beaches||96|
|East Shore Beaches||107|
|South Shore Beaches||110|
|West Shore Beaches||114|
|(Powered) Hang Glider||129|
|Helicopters / Air Tours||130|
|Windsurfing / Kitesurfing||181|
|Na Pali Kayak Trip||182|
|The Kalalau Trail||186|
|Ni'ihau Scuba Dive||188|
|'Opeaka's Falls Hike||189|
|Honopu Ridge Hike||192|
|Secret Tunnel Hike||194|
|Island Fish / Seafood||200|
|Other Island Foods||201|
|North Shore Restaurants||202|
|East Shore Restaurants||207|
|South Shore Restaurants||218|
|West Shore Restaurants||223|
|Dinner on a Beach||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|
The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook 10th Edition
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The Ultimate Kaua'i Guidebook based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
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
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.
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!
Unfunny to those of us who are Hawaiian. The history information is twisted and downright wrong. Come to Kauai without this book.
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.
I feel somewhat guilty for including this book in my Challenge 50 list for 2009 but I seriously did read this guidebook cover to cover and it is simply one of the best guidebooks I have ever read for any traveling I have done. Mr. Doughty has simply put a ton of research into writing this superb little book. My wife and I spent 10 days on Kauai, and we had 4 different guidebooks for the island. After two days we left the other three at home. On top of having genuine and frank reviews of beaches, resturants, hotels, activities, I also learned a ton about the cculture of the island. There is even a great little essay on Ni'ihau, the forbidden island to the south west. No matter what you are into, this book gives you a review on it. There are so many little tips everywhere that made our vacation so much more rewarding and intersting. We went kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and heiau searching and this book made it so easy to find out where we should go. The few times we decided to take a chance on a place the book recommended against, we found ourselves sorely disappointed.
If you are going to Kauai, you must obtain a copy of this book, read it, and carry it with you wherever you go.
These guidebooks are terrific. I have found them to be accurate and very informative, even for a kamaina
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!
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!
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.
The Wizard series on Hawaii are grea! Written by locals who know. The best of any travel books I have used.
Used this book to plan our week long vacation in Kauai. Was an amazing guide at every turn. HIGHLY recommend!
Very informative and well written. Detailed descriptions and a "no holds barred" approach to reviews of lodgings, eateries and services offered throughout the island.
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.
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.
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.