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Year round
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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • B&B or inn within a town: $70–100
  • Grocery shopping and farmers markets: $20–40
  • Kauaʻi Bus: $4–8
  • Hotel room, condo or B&B: $100–275
  • Meals at midrange restaurants: $30–50
  • Rental car: $40–50
Top end (more than)
  • Hotel, resort or vacation rental: from $275
  • Fine dining with three-course meals: from $40
  • Diving, golf, spa, helicopter tour, sunset cruises: from $200
  • Rental car: $50–70


Rules for US entry keep changing. Confirm current visa and passport requirements for your country at the US Department of State (www.travel.state.gov) website.

When to go and weather


Getting to Kauaʻi

Getting here is easy, especially from the mainland USA and Canada, with numerous flights daily. Often, flights will get here with layovers in Honolulu. There are no ferry services here.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Kauaʻi

  • Car Rental Recommended unless on a very tight budget. Well-maintained highway provides access to most of the island. Free parking widely available.
  • Bus Goes through all major towns; limited runs, especially on weekends.
  • Bike Good option if staying in one town. In general, if on the Eastside or North Shore expect some rain.
  • Taxi Flag-fall fee is $3, plus 30¢ per additional 0.1 miles or up to 45 seconds of waiting. Plan on calling for a taxi.
  • Resort Shuttle Complimentary; run regularly within most major resort areas.

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