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Kauai, Hawaii, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Kauai?

You should plan to spend around $190 per day on your vacation in Kauai. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $56 on meals
  • $34 on local transportation
  • $226 on hotels

A one week trip to Kauai for two people costs, on average, $2,664. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Kauai cost?

A one week trip to Kauai usually costs around $1,332 for one person and $2,664 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kauai on average costs around $2,664 for one person and $5,328 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Kauai will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kauai on average costs around $5,709 for one person and $11,418 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Kauai has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Kauai expensive to visit?

Prices in Kauai are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Kauai is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Raleigh or Gatlinburg.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Kauai Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Kauai?

The average Kauai trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Kauai travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $226
Local Transportation 1 $34
Food 2 $56
Entertainment 1 $17
Alcohol 2 $7 - 22
Accommodation Budget in Kauai
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kauai is $113. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kauai is $226. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Kauai

Looking for a hotel in Kauai? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Kauai based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $545. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Kauai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kauai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $34 per person, per day, on local transportation in Kauai.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Kauai
How much does it cost to go to Kauai? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Kauai
The price of renting a car in Kauai will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Kauai
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Kauai can vary, the average cost of food in Kauai is $56 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kauai should cost around $22 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kauai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Kauai
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Kauai typically cost an average of $17 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Kauai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $14 on alcoholic beverages in Kauai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Kauai on a Budget
Kauai Kauai Coastline, Hawaii
Hawaii is certainly a bucket list destination, but what if you want to do it without being surrounded by tourists? You want the adventure of the land of volcanoes and less of the kids in water wings. Then Kaua'i is the island for you.

Kaua'i, or the "garden island," is full of tropical forests, little villages and even more laid back lifestyle – if you can imagine. It's a smaller island at 560 square miles with a population of only 68,000.

With more coastline miles than any other island, Kaua'i is the result of massive erosion forming awe-inspiring sights like the Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast. The island experiences more rainfall every year – keeping it lush and green all year.

You'll feel like you've walked into another world in Kaua'i. Because of height restrictions, this island's buildings are no taller than the coconut trees. So if you're looking for an escape from civilization, you'll want to head straight for Kaua'i.
Even if you're escaping the typical Hawaii experience, no trip to the islands is complete without a beach trip. Consistently voted one of Hawaii's best beaches is Hanalei Bay. This spread of four different, sandy beaches is perfect for activities like stand up paddle surfing or just lounging with a good book.

With all that extra rainfall, the island of Kaua'i is home to some of the most beautiful botanical wonders. The Allerton Garden is covered in waterfalls, pools and statues while the collection of flowers at the McBryde Garden will make you feel like you've found your very own floral oasis. For a more traditional Hawaiian garden, head over to the Limahuli Garden and gaze out at the beautiful colors native to this land.

To fill your afternoon, take a drive northwards from Kalihiwai. You'll be met with jungles hanging over rivers, ocean views and the greenest of green pastures.
Scenic drive Kalihiwai – jungles over the river, beside the ocean, green fields with horses grazing under tropical fruit trees,
Kaua'i is mostly divided up based on the prevailing trade winds. The north and east sides of the island are known as the "windward" side of the island since that's where the winds blow onto the shore, while the south and west sides of the island are known as the "leeward" side of the island.

Who says you can't have it all on vacation? Planning a trip with little ones can make that a tough goal to achieve. Luckily, Lydgate Beach Park has everything to keep them – and you – entertained. With lifeguard-staffed beaches, playgrounds, shallow lagoons for swimming, a paved path for walking, bicycling or even rollerblading, this little spot will have the whole family occupied.

For the adventurers, there are varying degrees of challenges to choose from. Maha'ulepu is an easily accessible undeveloped coastline where you can look down from cliffs to see wonders like rocky beaches being pounded by massive waves. It's a rugged spot for the explorer seeking a quiet spot to get back to nature.

If you've been hiking for a while and are ready to up your game, go over to the Alaka'i Swamp to get your fill of rainforest wildlife.

But if you're ready for the ultimate fitness challenge make your way to Na Pali Coast. It is legend for those in the hiking community and it's only accessible by helicopter, boat or the treacherous hike. This route is definitely not for beginners.
Food and Dining
Like the rest of Hawaii, Kaua'i has the simple "plate lunch" available most everywhere. However, if you're planning on heading out for one of the many hiking excursions available, there won't be very many places to eat. Pack a picnic lunch plenty of water! Roadside stands may have snacks along your journey, but save the restaurants for dinnertime.

While there is a bus system that runs around the island, it won't take you to most of the tourist destinations. Renting a car is always your best option, but remember, Kaua'i doesn't have one road going around the entire island. The island is also very biker friendly with paved paths everywhere. Renting a bike may provide a more efficient and interesting option for your group.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.