Destination guide

Kalihiwai: the "Garden Island" awaits

Kalihiwai runs along the northern coast of Kauai, often voted the most beautiful of the archipelago's chain. The dramatic rainforest-laden mountains and sweeping powdery beaches have earned it the nickname, the "Garden Island". Most travelers come to stay in Kalihiwai vacation rentals and spend their days tip-toeing down to the sand, but there is an exhaustive list of outdoorsy adventures on the island for those who don't want to be beach bums. Seeing this island's backdrop, used in many a movie, is best done by sea kayak, helicopter flight, or from the back of the one of the daily yacht cruises.

Things to do

Kalihiwai's natural wonders

There are few historical attractions near your Kalihiwai vacation rental, it's more about Kauai's extraordinarily beautiful scenery. The island's landscape of soaring green mountains is often considered to be the most dramatic of the archipelago's chain. So much so, it's long been used by Hollywood as the filming location for blockbusters, most notably Jurassic Park and King Kong. If you hop aboard one the island tours, you stop by many of the island's most recognizable movie spots. Try to make some time to visit the Waimea Canyon, often called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", and the Fern Grotto.


There's more beyond the beach in Kalihiwai

There's an enviable list of things to do near your Kalihiwai vacation rental. One day you could be kayaking along the island's spectacular coastline, the next flying over it in one of the breath-taking helicopter flights. Catching Kauai's famed sunsets is best done from the back of one of the daily afternoon yacht cruises, while reeling in a trophy fish is particularly good on the year-round deep-sea fishing charters. Back on dry land, you could be horseback riding at one of Kauai's stables or racing along the trails on ATV quad bikes. If all else fails, grab your surfboard and hit the waves.


Winter sun or summer getaways in Kalihiwai

The tropical climate on Hawaii is split into 2 distinct seasons. April to October sees the dry, albeit sticky, months that are best spent cooling off along the beaches. It's the busiest season, so if you are looking for a summer break at Kalihiwai, your best bet is booking up early. That said, if you're looking to save a few dollars, don't discount the rainy season. Ok, there might be the odd spot of afternoon rain, but the more agreeable temperature and lack of other travelers taking up room on the sand might be just the ticket if you're looking for a winter getaway.

Natural features

Catch a glimpse of humpback whales in Kalihiwai

Hawaii might not have an extensive list of land-dwelling critters to spot, but the bird life here is magnificent. However, those looking for close wildlife encounters should look to the surrounding Pacific Ocean. If you've scored a Kalihiwai vacation rental along the coast, you may very well spot pods of spinner dolphins jumping out of the sea. Hawaiian monk seas are also common around these parts and if you take your snorkel and dive below the surface, you'll catch a glimpse of curious sea turtles. The real treat, though, is sightings of humpback whales, which migrate here during the summer.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kalihiwai

The nearest airport is in Lihue, HI (LIH), located 17.4 mi (27.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kalihiwai?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,552 vacation rentals near Kalihiwai. From 402 Houses to 847 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kalihiwai for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kalihiwai?

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