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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications Inc.; 7th edition edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981461018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981461014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

The finest guidebook ever written for Kaua’i. Now you can plan your best vacation-ever. This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, exciting waterfalls, colorful canyons and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Kaua'i so exciting.



The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website



Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best...and which to avoid-no advertisements



Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by 100 spectacular color photographs



15 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers-so you’ll always know where you are on the island



Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted beaches, tropical jungles, hidden waterfalls, rugged scenic coastlines, freshwater lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else



Exclusive chapter on Kaua'i’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety



Unique Adventures chapter and over 60 pages of exciting activities from ATVs to ziplines



Fascinating sections on Hawai'i's history, culture, language and legends



Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 70 resort reviews complete with aerial photos-so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront



"The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" covers it all-from the mile-high summit of Mt. Wai'ale'ale, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Kaua'i visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama'aina, you will find out more about Kaua'i from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook."



Book Description

The finest guidebook ever written for Kaua’i. Now you can plan your best vacation-ever. This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, exciting waterfalls, colorful canyons and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Kaua'i so exciting.



The most up-to-date and accurate information available anyplace with up-to-the-minute changes posted to our website



Frank, brutally honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and activities show you which companies really are the best...and which to avoid-no advertisements



Driving tours let you structure your trip your way, point out sights not to be missed along the way and are complemented by 100 spectacular color photographs



15 specially-created maps in an easy-to-follow format with mile markers-so you’ll always know where you are on the island



Clear, concise directions to those hard-to-find places such as deserted beaches, tropical jungles, hidden waterfalls, rugged scenic coastlines, freshwater lava pools and scores of other hidden gems listed nowhere else



Exclusive chapter on Kaua'i’s beaches with detailed descriptions including ocean safety



Unique Adventures chapter and over 60 pages of exciting activities from ATVs to ziplines



Fascinating sections on Hawai'i's history, culture, language and legends



Companion website with links to every business, events calendar, over 70 resort reviews complete with aerial photos-so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront



"The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" covers it all-from the mile-high summit of Mt. Wai'ale'ale, to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your Kaua'i visit. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a longtime kama'aina, you will find out more about Kaua'i from this book than from any other source. Discover the island of your dreams with "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook."




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Customer Reviews

If you are going to Kauai, you simply must buy this book.
D. Burgess
I highly recommend this book to all tourists to Kauai, you will be glad you did!
C. LOCICERO
It was very helpful, very well organized, easy to read easy to follow!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jan Svejkovsky on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
My comments are specifically addressing the hiking and snorkeling portions of this guide, which is what we primarily used it for: First, as another review already notes, EVERY tourist on Kauai is walking around with this book, so forget all the comments in it about "having the beach to yourself" or visiting a spot "only a few local hunters know about". Second, in an obvious attempt to separate this guide from others, the author tends to overexaggerate the beauty or uniqueness of many of the "secret" attractions or destinations that his book contains. And that's a serious problem for most of us that have only a limited amount of time on our Kauai vacation and must decide how to spend each day - what to do and what to give up.

Case in point is the book's hiking description to a pair of now-abandoned, mile-long water diversion tunnels blasted through rock near the middle of the island some hundred years ago. Following the guide's directions you drive inland, then hike 2 miles on an unmaintained hunter trail, then hike a mile through the first tunnel...to find yourself in a breathtaking, Shangri La valley! The book estimates 1.5 to 2 hours hike for the first 2 miles on an uneven, potentially muddy trail. What it doesn't reveal is that, even in dry weather, you will be trekking for 2-3 hours each way through troughs of foot or deeper mud the color and consistency of diarrhea! The hike through the tunnel is cool but the narrow valley beyond is not very exciting and the same scenery can be found in many other parts of the Island with much less time and effort. What was initially a "must-do" hike for us based on the book's description turned into a tiring, wasted day of our vacation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PattyT on March 6, 2010
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The maps in this guide book are invaluable to the Kauai traveler. The written sightseeing, activity and dining information was not as accurate as the Lonely Planet guide (which we also purchased.) The book has a website with "updates" but there are still errors and omissions in this book. We ate at a restaurant that this book "panned" and had an excellent experience; we thoroughly enjoyed a Na'pali coast sunset sail with Kauai Sea Tours (this books last choice) et cetera. We used both books to create our own experience - not blindly following the recommendations of one guide.

My overall recommendation - buy the book for the maps but follow your own instincts when exploring Kauai, form your own opinions, make your own choices and have a wonderful experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred on August 31, 2010
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As a property owner and frequent visitor of Kauai for many years, I can assure you that the restaurant recommendations in this guide are the best I have seen by a fairly good margin. You do have to read the recommendations very carefully, because they put strong emphasis on getting your moneys worth. They also are very specific, for example if they tell you "order the fish at this plate, but not the beef", the fact that they gave it their "ono" (eat here) does not make the beef worthy of ordering. Several restaurants they refuse an "ono" are indeed overpriced and some of the "onos" are for places that fix only good, not great food but are bargains. By the way, one of the real bargains in Islands are the local foods such as Laulaus, Poki and Korean short ribs (as well as others). The same rules apply to beaches and Hikes, read the reviews and don't just go by the "onos". Their guides to other islands are similarly the best. The authors know Kauai better that the other islands because they live on Kauai, but they have the local insight to all the Islands tht makes these the best guidebooks to the Hawaiian Islands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Hanrahan on May 18, 2010
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I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to go to Kauai or is going to Kauai. I got this book for my first trip (2009)to Kauai, but didn't consult it for much, other than tha maps. Big mistake! I got the 7th edition in April before my latest trip (last week) and was amazed by how much we referenced it -- it became the vacation bible. The Guidebook gave great information on points of interest, things to see or to pass up. The writing was informative, funny, objective. We found the information/recommendations for activities to be spot on. Hikes described as "strenuous", were in fact, strenuous. Hikes described as "may be tough for the genetically clumsy" or "may provide the vertiginous an opportunity for a long roll" were, in fact, scary and steep. We loved the background info, historical info, anecdotal info about various locations. Now that I'm home, I'm still referring to the book while looking at my pictures. Three words, GET THIS BOOK.
BTW, I'd get it from Amazon to study up, rather than wait until you get to Kauai...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Legallyblonde1 on August 26, 2010
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We bought our first "Ultimate Guidebook" years ago on a recommendation from a friend when we traveled to Maui. We had been to Maui many times, but decided to buy it and were so glad we did! So, when we were returning to Kauai on our 25th Anniversary to re-create our honeymoon, we bought the Kauai Guidebook. The book was so helpful just like the Maui Guidebook, giving great information about the best luaus, restaurants, activities and beaches. It contains info for secret beaches and out of the way places to see that the average traveler will never know about! This purchase was actually made as a wedding gift for a couple traveling to Kauai for their honeymoon because we enjoyed our copy so much. We could have loaned ours, but didn't want to part with it! Anyone traveling to the Islands will be glad they purchased any of the Ultimate Guide Books, whether it is your first trip or your tenth, because you will find many things you never knew were there to explore!
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