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Kauai (Nawiliwili)

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Overview

Kauai, the oldest of the eight Hawaiian islands, is known as the "Garden Isle" because it's a land of lush green valleys. Also on this island are rain forests, white-sand beaches, mountains and cascading waterfalls. As might be assumed, nature is the true headliner of this island. The beauty of this island is so renowned that many Hollywood movies and TV shows have been filmed in Kauai. While in Kauai, cruise ships dock in Nawiliwili Harbor.

If you're not going to take part in any shore excursions and want to independently travel around Kauai, the best way to do so is via a rental car. However, make sure you know where you're going and plan ahead, if you choose to go that route.


Destinations
Kauai is included on many Hawaii cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Kauai is not used as a departure port by cruise lines.


Currency
The official currency of the United States is the dollar.


Language
The official language is English.


Tourist Attractions
As can be expected, there are a some great beaches in Kauai. Among them are Hanalei Bay Beach (a white-sand beach located on Kauai's north shore), Poipu Beach (a great white-sand beach for families because there's an area with calm waters; probably the most popular beach on Kauai's south shore) and Ke'e Beach Park (a great beach for snorkeling, with colorful fish and turtles swimming in its clear water).

The Na Pali Coast offers some of the most dramatic views in all of Hawaii. At the center of this area of the island is Na Pali Coast State Park, which is inaccessible to automobiles. You can enjoy this area via hiking, boating or from a helicopter.

Waimea Canyon, located in the heart of Kauai, is a breathtaking gorge that has been described as being the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." It's about 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep, with a bunch of hiking trails that can be explored.

Koke'e State Park, located in northwest Kauai, is located just north of Waimea Canyon. There's a museum there, focusing on nature, and the park itself offers amazing views and many hiking trails.

Mt. Waialeale is a shield volcano, located at the second highest point in all of Kauai. Its summit is considered to be one of the rainiest places in the entire world, as it averages 460 inches of rain a year. The rainfall in this area produces the Alaka'i Wilderness Preserve.

Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens (established in 1982, opened to the public in 1999) are nonprofit botanical gardens, located on Wailapa Road in Kauai. There are a variety of tours (of its 13 gardens) available, with an admission charge applicable.

The Wailua River's Fern Grotto is a fern covered lava rock that forms a natural amphitheatre. It's natural beauty and acoustics make it a very popular location for weddings and live music performances. This area can be accessed by taking a boat on the Wailua River, so there are typically tour boats available.

If you'd had your fill of nature, don't worry because there's also some shopping that can be done in Kauai. The Aloha Center Marketplace is located close (just one block) to Nawiliwili Harbor (where the cruise ships dock). It's a huge area, featuring restaurants, galleries and various shops.


Port Location
The cruise port in Kauai is located in Nawiliwili Harbor, at the southeast part of the island.
 
The Na Pali Coast
The Na Pali Coast
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Nawiliwili Bay
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Waimea Canyon
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