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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications Inc.; 8th edition edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981461085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981461083
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...a must for any serious visitor." New York Times



"Best guide to Kauai...Ultimate Kauai Guidebook." National Geographic Adventure



"...a terrifically useful handbook." Travel & Leisure



"Author, Andrew Doughty, covers Kauai thoroughly." Los Angeles Times



"Best Guidebook...You can trust it...Actually lives up to its title." Islands Magazine



"The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook is terrific--It's like having a savvy local resident with you." Dave Barry, nationally syndicated columnist & humorist

Book Description

Most travel titles are put together in a few weeks by visiting travel writers. Wizard guidebooks take over a year to compile and the writers are residents who personally and anonymously review every facet of the island. Their maps are the best you'll find. From restaurants to helicopter companies to scuba to beaches to trails. They see it all and show you the best the island has to offer. They also reveal who's the worst and who to stay away from. All told in a frank, humorous way that keeps the reading fun.

More About the Author

Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

Customer Reviews

It's directions were great and the maps very well done.
Brent H
I highly recommend this book if you are planning to vacation to Kauai.
Broclee
Great guide book that is a 'must have' for the Kauai traveler.
J. Wittenberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By kdsbg on March 10, 2012
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Purchased the Kindle version and found the maps useless. Do not purchase the kindle version. Bought the print version after. Reviews matched our experience visiting Kauai recently.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By J. Wittenberg on January 20, 2012
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As timeshare owners in Poipu, we vacation on Kauai regularly and still wanted to have the most recent edition of this book (we've had 2 previous editions) to catch up on what is new on Kauai since our last visit in 2010. We have given this book as a gift to numerous friends and relatives traveling to Kauai for the first time and have been told that this book gave the "newbies" all the information that they needed for their vacation. Although there are plenty of free travel brochures available at the airport, those are all from companies who get a commission from the sales of their activities. The authors of this book can honestly give their recommendations of activities, restaurants, hotels, etc. We have found their maps to be incredibly helpful and accurate. Vacationing in Hawaii is not cheap, so it is wonderful that plenty of space is given to things you can do (sights to see) for FREE! We have found their descriptions of the restaurants, that we have been to, to be very accurate, although everyone has their own tastes.
Great guide book that is a 'must have' for the Kauai traveler.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wizkid on August 14, 2012
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This book is fantastic! It helped us to have the perfect vacation in Kauai.
First, Doughty's reviews and recommendations are all spot-on. He has reviewed, it seems, every hole-in-the-wall eatery, every hotel and condo, every trail, every boat company, every helicopter company, every beach, every river. And his recommendations never once led us astray. And he recommends places no one else has ever heard of that are simply great. One example: Trees, a tiny bar tucked away behind what looks like a deserted shopping mall, a place you would never know of otherwise. Yet they had great food, perfect mai-tai's (served, incidentally, by beautiful, nice waitresses), and Doughty even mentions that on Monday nights an amazing rock guitarist, Jeff Caldwell, plays there, and that band changed my life. Finally, Doughty provides detailed maps and directions. I doubt very much that we would ever have found Hideaways without his help.
Second, the book is beautifully organized into regions of the island and then categories within that. It's easy to find your way around.
Third, the book is really fun to read. Doughty's style is hilarious and approachable. The amazing photos are so enjoyable.
I give this book my absolute highest recommendation.

Finally, unlike some other reviewers here, I thought the iPhone app was, if possible, even better than the book. It has all the same content, organized in more or less the same way. Plus it has all the maps accessible through the single map of the island to which the app opens. You just pinch the map and it goes to street-name level detail, even trail-level detail. You can tap the map anywhere and it will give you a list of all the places he recommends with distances.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tscott on November 1, 2011
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This is a great book to help you navigate your way through Kauai. I am not a world traveler by any means, but this book is so helpful. The author is well informed about the entire island and honest about various activities, restaurants and beaches. It is hard to imagine trying to discover so much of what Kauai has to offer on your own. If you are planning a trip to Kauai, buy this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2013
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Used this guide on our first (and only) trip to Kauai. Found it accurate and useful for finding out what to see and do, especially all the main touristy things that one does on a first visit to Kauai, such as driving over to Waimea Canyon, driving the coastal road all the way to the end and back, doing the tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Hindu monastery and grounds, etc. And the restaurant reviews were useful where the authors don't pull any punches. One thing is they don't review the restaurants at the high end resorts such as the St. Regis Princeville, the Grand Hyatt, the Marriott Kauai Resort, etc, but other than that, a great guide.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Bostrom on January 18, 2012
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When I read this book it feels like I am with a personal tour guide for my trip. Instead of being ripped off or mislead, the author carefully steers you away from "dumps" and over-priced food. The "to-do" leaves the options up to you and gives you an idea of what would be best if you're fit and ready for strenuous hikes, fabulous views and activities if you're more sedentary, and safest beaches and fun things to do with kids. If you like to fish, snorkel, scuba, or anything else water related the author takes you to the best places.
On another thought, the author could be a friendly relative you are visiting who knows the insides and outs of Hawaiian life. After all the author does live there.
I read "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" before I traveled there and it was a tremendous help.
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, buy a Wizard Publication book and you won't be disappointed.
My only complaint is that I wish they wrote books for everywhere I travel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loreta Matheo Kass on July 18, 2013
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This book was very helpful to our family. I think one thing that might be extra helpful would be to suggest/ label hikes as beginner/moderate or advanced.
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