Hawaii Guide

Kauai Lodging Kauai

Kauai's Island Lodging and Budget Accommodation

Kauai lodging that won't break the bank can be found in different locations on the island. The best place to look for low cost accommodation is on the Coconut Coast, the area between Kapaa and Wailua on the east coast. This area, as the name suggests, is crowded with coconut trees and is the island's commercial centre, with plenty of shopping malls and restaurants to keep people occupied when they have had enough of the beaches. Bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and low budget hotels are dotted all over the island. Vacation rental homes can be very good value for money, particularly for large groups, and have the added benefit of saving on dining out as you can cook at home. The downside is that they don't have access to the same facilities as the large resorts. Other options for basic, no frills lodging are the island's motels or the International Hostel (see below) which has dormitory rooms.

Nihi Kai Villas (tel: 1 808 742 2000) is conveniently located near Brennecke's Beach which is popular with surfers and boogie boarders. These spacious, two bedroom apartments are great value for four people who don't mind sharing. The units are carefully maintained and have ocean views.

Hale Hoo Maha (tel: 1 808 828 1341) is next to a main highway and is within earshot of the traffic which may bother light sleepers. This budget accommodation offers spacious rooms in a lovely tropical garden setting. Beach and water sports equipment are available for guests' use on the two beautiful white sand beaches. Other activities include gazing at the fish in the aquarium, browsing through the library, horse riding and playing a round of golf on the nearby golf courses. To find Hale Hoo Maha turn off Kuhio Highway (Highway 56) onto Kalihiwai Road just after Kilauea.

Hotel Coral Reef (tel: 1 808 822 4481) is low budget beachfront hotel just off Kuhio Highway north of Kapaa. The grass lawn at the front of hotel stretches down to the beach where guests can go swimming and snorkeling. The hotel is within easy walking distance of shopping, golf courses, tennis courts and restaurants.

For a taste of gracious living, stay in Lanikeha (tel: 1 808 822 1605) in Kapaa, an old plantation home which still retains many aspects of its Hawaiian heritage. This spacious home offers elegantly furnished rooms with bathrooms, fully equipped shared kitchen, TV/VCR and telephone. While the decor and furnishings are not particularly smart or stylish, they are very comfortable.

Kauai International Hostel (tel: 1 808 823 6142) in Kapaa has dorms or private rooms a typical lodging scenario. The hostel offers laundry facilities, games room with a TV, shared bathroom and kitchen, bicycle hire, internet access, and a payphone. Rooms for rent elsewhere are advertised here so it can be a good place to pick up cheap accommodation.

Motel Lani (tel: 1 808 245 2965) is a good choice for clean, basic accommodation in Lihue. The rooms are small but bathrooms are included. Rooms with kitchen facilities cost more. This Kauai lodging establishment does not boast fine views or have access to a nearby beach but it is very convenient for the airport and it is cheap. This would suit those who have an early flight and want to stay near the airport the night before.

Tip Top Motel (tel: 1 808 245 2333) in Lihue is another option for no frills lodging. The rooms are basic with minimum amenities but they are clean. An added bonus is the food the pancakes are particularly good.

Garden Island Inn (tel: 1 808 245 7227) in Lihue has bright, spacious rooms with fridges, TVs and ocean views. Some of the rooms have lanais (outside seating areas) and are bright and cheerful with Hawaiian style furnishings and fresh flowers from the grounds. Fruit grown on the grounds is available to guests at the front desk. The Inn is close to the shops, restaurants and Kalapaki Beach which is usually calm enough for water sports such as boogie boarding, swimming or windsurfing.

Kalaheo Inn (tel: 1 808 332 6023) in Kalaheo, a short drive away from Poipu Beach, is a great place to stay for those on a budget. This used be a motel but was completely refurbished in 1999 and now consists of self contained apartments with kitchens. In addition to the beach, the Inn is also close to Kukuiolono Golf Course with its beautiful Japanese garden. Kalaheo's shopping and dining is on its doorstep. The owners are friendly and helpful and have beach towels and golf clubs available for their guests.

Marjorie's Kauai Inn (tel: 1 808 332 8838) is a short distance from both Poipu Beach and the charming old plantation town of Koloa. This Kauai lodging has a hillside location that is perfect for those looking for peace and quiet, and offers spectacular views over the valley below. The owner is keen to assist guests with arranging activities. Each unit has a TV, kitchenette, fridge, coffee maker and iron and guests have shared access to the Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Kokee Lodge (tel: 1 808 335 6061) is ideally situated for hikers wishing to explore Waimea Canyon or Kokee State Park. Basic accommodation is provided in cabins in the forest and there is a small café in the park. The newer cabins are the better option as they have separate bedrooms and the kitchens are more up to date.

For other low cost lodging such as private houses for rent try the rental agents listed below.

  • Garden Island Rentals, tel: 1 808 742 9537
  • Grantham Resorts, tel: 1 808 742 2000
  • Kauai Vacation Rentals, tel: 1 808 245 8841
  • Suite Paradise, tel: 1 808 742 7400