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The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed Paperback – June, 2001

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Editorial Reviews


“Best Guidebook: Ultimate Kauai Guidebook…You can trust it…Actually lives up to its title.” -- Islands Magazine

“Best guide to Kauai…Ultimate Kauai Guidebook.” -- National Geographic Adventure

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

From the Publisher

The finest guidebook ever written for Kauai. This brand new fourth edition has more useful information, the most up to date maps and scores of hidden gems listed nowhere else. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Garden Island so special.

Maps include beach access to even the most remote beaches, mile markers so you always know where you are, hiking trails and numerous details in an easy to follow format.

Symbols quickly identify recommended sights and companies. We identify which companies really are the best…and which to avoid.

Special expanded sections on Hiking and Adventures.

Clear, concise directions to get to those hard to find places.

Web site with links to every business, last minute updates and more. Plus Web pages available exclusively to our readers that expand on all accommodation reviews with aerial photos of all the resorts (so you’ll know if oceanfront really means oceanfront).

Written by Kauai residents who know the island.

Frank, honest opinions from anonymous reviews—No advertisements.

We’ve covered it all—from the top of Wai‘ale‘ale to the sparkling underwater reefs. This is the best investment you can make for your trip to Kauai. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a long time kama‘aina, you will find out more about the Garden Island from this book than from any other source.


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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications; 4th edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963942980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963942982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (829 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until now I have never taken the time to write a reveiw for anything, but I feel need to share my feelings about this book. This book is the reference standard for how guidebooks should be written.
The maps and graphics are outstanding; very detailed with mile markers etc. shown where needed, and it doesn't include useless details that you won't need anyway. Maps are very easy to follow, and they are broken down for each district on the island.
It is especially helpful if you are looking for little known hiking trails, beaches, or waterfalls to visit. Some of these you would never find without the help of this book.
The information is very accurate. The couple that wrote the book live on Kauai, and it is clear that they do their homework, and they even added a touch of humor. We used this book for every activity and restaraunt during our stay, and we have never been disappointed.
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An indispensable resource for every Kauai vacation. It includes a wealth of information that will help you plan your trip and then get the most out of your time on the island. Skimming through the book a reader can quickly get a feel for the wide range of natural features and outdoor activities that the island has to offer. More careful reading will reveal additional hints on special areas to explore. Having read and re-read this book many times, it's clear that each word is carefully chosen.

I was turned onto this book before my first visit in 2001 and have bought every edition since for subsequent annual visits. It doesn't change much from edition to edition but there's always something new or fine-tuned to make it worth the new version. In the 8th edition I learned of a hidden waterfall near to where I stay. In this edition there is (finally) mileage noted clearly at the beginning of each hike description.

Restaurant reviews are usually quite accurate, however the writers tend to rate the food more highly if a restaurant has a view, and downgrade ratings if it doesn't, even if the atmosphere is open-air and pleasant. I like that they include places to avoid along with places they recommend. While not perfect, most of the restaurants of interest are described, so it's at least a good starting point when trying to figure out where to eat.

On the down side, they could do somewhat better with ocean safety descriptions. While the ocean safety section is very good, not every reader will scour every page for information (as I do). The writers do emphasize the dangerous beaches where it's almost never safe to swim, but it took several editions before they got around to mentioning how many people drown at Queen's Bath, a feature that is highlighted.
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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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This book is a huge home run for the first time visitor as well as the returning Kauai visitor. It's really, really good. The book is well laid out in a logical fashion which makes finding the information fast and easy. The book separates the island into North, South, East and West Shores, with multiple quick fold out map references guides inside the front and back covers. This feature alone is huge. It includes aerial photos of the top beaches, which helps for hiking, snorkeling and other outdoor planning. The combination of the writing style, which is easy to read on the fly and relaxed but professional, with the number of color photos and detail maps provides a perfect comprehensive guide for anyone visiting or even living on Kauai.

What we found especially helpful were spot on details on local shopping and dining, which helped us make decisions about how to manage our vacation budget--a key element for many people visiting Hawaii. Whether you're visiting with a 'money's no object' situation or pinching pennies, the tips in the book were helpful. Additionally, sections on everything from culture and language to personal responsibility were helpful. Bottom line; this book delivers so much for it's price that it's a must for anyone visiting Kauai.
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