Before you go, here’s a few things that are helpful to know about Kaua’i. These insider Kauai travel tips will help keep you safe and help you have more fun. We’ll teach you how to find the best waves, how to avoid traffic and more!
How to Avoid Traffic
The island has one road that rings the island (except along the Na Pali Coast) and in most places, it’s a two-lane highway. Frommer’s recommends taking bypass roads in Kipu (when heading north from Poipu) and Kapaa (when heading south) when you hit rush hour, which is roughly 6 to 9 am. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Kauai Travel Tips on How to Find Good Weather and Good Waves
Weather on the island is very localized, meaning if it’s raining where you are, you can almost always find a spot where it’s dry and sunny. Summer waters are usually calmer, whereas winter brings Pacific storms that drive ocean swells towards the islands. Those swells are what create Hawaii’s big waves and, as a result, more conditions. So if you’re planning on surfing or lounging at the beach, check the surf report first. Ask our staff, check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, or browse websites like Surfline to get reports on the water. It’s an important step to staying safe and catching great waves. Just like the weather, wave conditions tend to be very localized. If you’ve got poor waves at your beach, keep searching.
Hawaii is well known for its warm, sunny beaches, but if you’re planning on hiking or climbing on the island, dress appropriately. One of our biggest Kauai travel tips is to remember the higher you get, the colder it gets. So if you’re planning on climbing mountains and volcanoes – which you should definitely plan on doing – be aware that temperatures drop 3.5-degrees Fahrenheit for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Wear layers. Always wear sunscreen and consider cutting down outdoor activities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the risk of getting a bad sunburn is much higher.
Avoid the Vog
Vog is the local word for “volcanic fog,” hazy air pollution that sometimes hangs over the islands. Take caution and avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially with children and people with any kind of respiratory health condition.
We hope these insider tips help keep you safe, happy and healthy on your vacation. To book your vacation rental, call us today! For any questions, never hesitate to call us or send us a message through the website for tips on the best things to do in Kauai. See you soon on Kaua’i!