Today we made our way from the island of Oahu to Lihue at Kauai, our 2nd Hawaiian island.
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Our flight from Honolulu to Lihue
Our Hawaiian Airlines flight departed for Lihue shortly after 5 p.m. It was a really short flight, because after only 20 minutes we landed again and then it was said: Welcome to Kauai.
The island of Kauai
Kauai is the fourth largest island in Hawaii and is known as Garden Island. The name is no coincidence: the oldest and northernmost island of the Hawaiian chain is surrounded by emerald valleys, mountains and rugged cliffs. In between you will find tropical rainforests, many rivers and beautiful waterfalls. Whether on land, on water or from the air – Kauai is a feast for the eyes from every perspective.
On the island, there is one of the rainiest points on earth, with the 1,569-metre-high Waialeale. The Napali Coast coastal mountain range and Waimea Canyon are the island’s most famous landmarks. To this day, by the way, no building can be built higher than a palm tree. There are no ferry connections to the neighbouring islands.
Our car rental for Kauai
At the airport we picked up our rental car for the coming days. As always, we have booked this with all insurance sans via billiger-mietwagen.de.
Our hotel in Lihue
Our Hotel Kauai Inn was located just 4 miles from the airport and right next to Nawiliwili port. We chose the hotel because of the good location (not far from the airport). We landed in the evening, so we had to “search” the hotel in the dark. According to Google Maps, it would have taken us 8 minutes, then it was half an hour. The hotel is located directly in the harbour area, i.e. you have to drive past containers, warehouses until you reach the hotel at some point. A sign on the main road would have been helpful. The hotel itself is great. There is a swimming pool, free wi-fi in the room, free breakfast (bagels, toast, jam). The room was clean and nicely decorated. Refrigerator and microwave are provided. We can recommend it without reservation.
What immediately stands out here on the island: there are plenty of free-range chickens here. You can see them everywhere: on the street, in parking lots, on the beach, on meadows… really everywhere! In 1992, Hurricane Inika is believed to have destroyed a large chicken farm, causing many chickens to escape and multiply ever since. Their popularity is limited, especially when they start at dawn at 4 am (!) right next to the hotel.
All travelogues from Hawaii (2015)Our world trip led us after almost 2 months from the American mainland to Hawaii. Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,600 kilometres away from the US mainland, the 50th state of the USA. For many, it is the epitome of the South Seas. During our two-week stay in Hawaii we visited four of the six main islands: Kauai, O'ahu, Maui and Big Island. Each of these islands has its own personality, nature and sights and offers different activities for all tastes: From the big city Honolulu with the famous Waikiki Beach, the fascinating Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking Napali Coast on Kauai, the famous Road to Hana on Maui to the most active volcano in the world on Big Island. The islands radiate a unique flair and have enchanted us very quickly with the famous Aloha charm.
Oahu: Hawaii – Things to know, Photo spots & Travel Guide for a holiday (USA)
Oahu: Honolulu & Waikiki Beach – Our arrival in Hawaii (USA)
Oahu: Oahu – Pearl Harbor & Downtown Honolulu Memorial (USA)
Oahu: Oahu – Diamond Head & an island tour on Oahu (USA)
Kauai: Kauai – Our flight to Lihue, car rental & our hotel (USA)
Kauai: Waimea Canyon – The Grand Canyon of the Pacific on Kauai (USA)
Kauai: Kauai – An Island Tour & The Spouting Horn Beach Park (USA)
Kauai: Kauai – A catamaran tour along the Napali Coast (USA)
Kauai: Kauai – A sightseeing flight over Waimea Canyon & the Napali Coast (USA)
Maui: Maui – Our flight to Kahului & the Maui Ocean Center (USA)
Maui: Maui – Diving & exploring the West Coast (USA)
Maui: Maui – A drive along the panoramic “Road to Hana” (USA)
Big Island: Big Island – Volcano sightseeing tour in Volcanoes National Park (USA)
Big Island: Big Island – An Island Tour & Night Diving with Mantas (USA)
Big Island: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – The Chain of Craters Road (USA)