While our island is almost circular, (approximately 25 miles wide and 33 miles long) the Napali coastline prohibits construction of roads from the north shore to the west side, so driving times from one end of the island (Ke'e Beach on the northshore) to the west side (Polihale Beach) will take roughly 2 hours 50
Is it hard to drive around Kauai?
The island is circular in shape with one main road connecting the North Shore and West Side of the island. You cannot drive completely around the island, the rugged and beautiful Na Pali Coast makes that impossible. Drive through quaint coastal towns and rural upcountry neighborhoods while exploring Kauai.
How long does it take to drive around the whole island of Kauai?
It's literally at the end of the road! If you could keep going past Ke'e Beach, you'd be conveniently in Waimea Canyon. However, since there is no road, you'll need to drive counter clockwise around the whole island (which takes just under two hours).
What percentage of Kauai is accessible by car?
The Hawaii Tourism Authority recommends renting a car to get around Kauai, but only 10 percent of the 552-square-mile island is accessible by automobile. You will have to travel by air, water or afoot to see some of Kauai's more remote natural features.
How long is the road in Kauai?
Route 50Wikimedia | © OpenStreetMapRoute informationMaintained by HDOTLength32.9 mi (52.9 km)
How long does it take to drive from North Shore Kauai to South Shore?
Time Estimate: Approximately just under 2 hours. The drive may take longer if you encounter traffic in or around Lihue. Directions: From North Kauai (starting on either Hwy 560 or Hwy 56) you'll want to follow the main highway clockwise around the island until it becomes Highway 50 in Lihue.
How many tourists are on Kauai each day?
The average daily count showed that there were 30,194 visitors per day on Kauai in June 2021, compared to 32,986 visitors per day in June 2019. The average length of stay has increased slightly, from 7.34 days in June 2019 to 8.68 days in June 2021.
How touristy is Kauai?
Compared to Maui, Oahu and the Big Island, Kauai is far less touristy. You won't find the overcrowded mega-resorts, and in fact, building restrictions don't even allow for hotels to reach more than a few stories in height.
Does it get cold in Kauai?
Island temperatures can drop as low as 53°F, while highs are a pleasant 71°F. Rain visits for about 15 days out of the month. Keep in mind that Kauai is the rainiest of the Hawaiian Islands and if it's your destination, you'll want to pack a raincoat.
Why is Kauai so green?
Each Hawaiian island is unique in nature due to its specific age in geologic time. Kauai is the oldest of the eight main islands. Wave action, wind and water erosion have carved once cone shaped volcanoes into what Kauai is today, the lush green Garden Isle.
Is Kauai a volcano?
Kauai Island is composed of a single large eroded shield volcano with a summit caldera 15-20 km in diameter and two flank calderas. Large Pliocene debris avalanches extended to the north and south. The spectacular Waimea Canyon and Napalm cliffs on the NW coast are products of extensive erosion.
How much of Kauai is actually inhabited?
The fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands, Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle, has developed only 3% of the island for commercial and residential use. Since most of Kauai's 69,000 residents live along the coastline, the island's interior remains an untouched paradise.
Should I be afraid of sharks in Hawaii?
You're likely safe if there are locals swimming and surfing, and you can always ask a lifeguard just to make sure. Other than that, there's no reason to worry. Just make sure you're aware of the tides and swells. After all, the powerful Pacific Ocean herself is a much deadlier killer than any shark.