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Overview

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and the leader of the group. Perched in the northwest corner of the chain, Kauai keeps a watchful eye on the other islands. Given the age of the island, the landscape has had centuries to establish its unique look and attributes — one of the most visually stunning being the Napali Coast.

The dramatic northern shore is something out of the movies. Seventeen miles of coastline adorned with sea-cliffs, emerald valleys, waterfalls, sea caves, and isolated beaches are best viewed by air or by sea. The upscale resort area of Princeville and seaside village of Hanalei are located in this region and offer a laid-back home base that's perfect for exploring.

To the east is the famed Coconut Coast. The towns of Wailua and Kapaa are the most populated areas on the island. Don't let that deter you, life on the island is slow when compared to the hustle and bustle of Oahu. An outdoor enthusiast's paradise, this area offers plenty of hiking and kayaking opportunities as well as golden beaches for sunbathing.

The Poipu resort area anchors the southern shore of Kauai. The warm golden sands and championship ocean side golf courses make this a great place to stay on the island. During the late winter through early spring pods of migrating humpback whales call this region home.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). A passport is not required for U.S. citizens traveling to or within the Hawaiian Islands. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Arriving: Onboard your aircraft, all visitors will be given a form from the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau asking for information about their trip. This visitor information is used in tabulating visitor data. The agriculture information is necessary to maintain Hawaii’s delicate environment. The importation of uninspected plants and animals could ruin Hawaii’s paradise forever. A 120-day quarantine is required for most pets and a number of plants are restricted. For details, please consult your airline.

Departing: At the airport prior to check-in, travelers bound for mainland destinations will be required to pass their baggage through agriculture inspection. This brief procedure is designed to prevent travelers from exporting any uninspected local produce. Packaged produce, such as pineapple, is available for purchase at the airport or in designated stores on the island.

Travel Health Information: Travelers to Hawaii are required to take an FDA-authorized NAAT test from a CLIA certified lab within 72 hours of arrival to avoid the 14-day mandatory quarantine. Children 4 and younger are exempt from the testing requirement. For the most current information on the pre-entry testing requirements and all other pertinent facts for traveling to Hawaii during the pandemic, please check the following websites: Hawaii Visitors Covid-19 Information and Updates: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/. Pre-Travel Approved Testing Programs: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/#travel-FAQs. Mandatory State of Hawaii Safe Travels and Health Form: https://travel.hawaii.gov/#/. State of Hawaii State Travel FAQ's: https://ets.hawaii.gov/travelhelp/.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 77° to 80°
October through April: 74° to 77°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available; however, taxi and bus service is not as frequent as on Oahu. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Top Experiences

  • Allerton Garden : A master-planned garden with unique water features and spaces.

  • Hanalei Valley Lookout : A scenic stop overlooking the Hanalei Valley and Taro fields.

  • Koloa Heritage Trail : A 10-mile tour with historical, cultural and geographical points of interest in Poipu.

  • Napali Coast : The visually stunning North Shore of Kauai complete with waterfalls, sea-cliffs, and isolated beaches.

  • Waimea Canyon : A geological feature nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Aloha VIP Tours Credit

The USD 100 tour credit is redeemable by calling Aloha VIP Tours at (808) 955-5900. You have the option to leave your name, phone number and the best time to return your call. Office hours in Hawaii are 7 a.m. HST to 4 p.m. HST daily, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (7 a.m. HST to 1 p.m. HST). When making your reservations, please have your Costco Travel booking number available. Some tours have limited space or sell out well in advance, so it is recommended you book early. Please reconfirm your tour reservations at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting or pick-up time. The amount of your tour credit will be deducted from the total tour cost and the remaining balance must be paid in full at the time of booking. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows or cancellations made within 48 hours of your tour. Please note: All tours and tour itineraries are subject to change or substitution without notice.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Price Range
$ = $100 or less (per person)
$$ = $101 to $200 (per person)
$$$ = $201 or more (per person)

Kauai
Smith's Tropical Luau - $
Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Tour - $$
Luau Kalamaku - Gold Luau - $$
Na Pali Raft Snorkel - $$
Na Pali Catamaran Snorkel - $$

Maui
Pride of Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise - $
Teralani Sunset Dinner Sail - $$
Maui Princess Dinner Cruise- $$
Pride of Maui Snorkel Cruise - $$
Atlantis Submarine Maui - $$
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's "Drums of the Pacific" Luau - $$
Heavenly Hana Tour - $$
Royal Lahaina Luau - $$
Discover Lanai Snorkel and Sail - $$$

Oahu
Arizona Memorial and Honolulu City Tour - $
Magic of Polynesia Show - $
Stars & Stripes Tour- $$
Pearl Harbor and Circle Island Tour - $$
Germaine's Luau Original Package with Transportation* - $$
Grand Circle Island Tour - $$
Waikiki Starlight Luau- $$
Paradise Cove's Standard Luau with Transportation* - $$
Polynesian Cultural Center Admission Buffet Show Package with Transportation* - $$
Majestic Sunset Dinner Cruise with Transportation* - $$
Atlantis Waikiki Submarine with Transportation* - $$
Dolphin Snorkel Tour - $$
Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau Package with Transportation* - $$
Honolulu Heights Tour - $$
Horseback Adventure Package - $$
ATV Adventure Package - $$
Polynesian Cultural Center Ambassador VIP Package with Transportation* - $$
Farm to Forest Tour - $$
Dolphin Swim Adventure with Transportation - $$$

Hawaii Island
Fair Wind Afternoon Snorkel Cruise - $
Royal Kona Luau - $$
King Kamehameha Island Breeze Luau - $$
Hula Kai Manta Night Snorkel - $$
Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour - $$
Deluxe Snorkel BBQ and Dolphin Watch - $$
Hilo Volcano Special Tour - $$
Fair Wind Morning Snorkel Cruise - $$
Kohala Zip line Adventure - $$
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure - $$
Mauna Kea Summit Stargazing Tour - $$$

Please note that more tours are available through Aloha VIP Tours. Not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Prices are subject to change. Please call Aloha VIP Tours for complete details.
*Transportation included is from hotels located in Waikiki.
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Transfers

Region: Kailua Kona
Transfer Company: Aloha VIP Tours
Telephone: 808-955-5900

Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please proceed to the baggage claim carousel. There you will be met by a Roberts Hawaii representative who works with Aloha VIP holding a sign with your name on it.

Rental Cars

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Lihue Airport
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766
Telephone: 808-246-0645
Monday-Friday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, the Hawaii state general excise tax, the daily vehicle rental surcharge, the daily vehicle licensing and registration fee, and the airport concession recovery fee (where applicable).

Renter Qualifications

  • Valid driver's license in own name (required by law). Foreign renters muse have a valid license from their home country. An international license alone is not acceptable.
  • Major credit card in own name (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Diners Club)
  • Alamo vehicles may not be used for off-road use; camping is prohibited.
  • A cash deposit is acceptable in lieu of a major credit card, provided customer cash qualified within certain restrictions.
  • Renters must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the rental. Renters ages 21-24 will be subject to a daily surcharge.

Additional Driver Policy

  • One additional driver is included in the rates.
  • Additional drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Drivers 21 to 25 years of age are subject to the underage drivers fee.

Safety

  • Hawaii state law requires that a child under 4 years of age (up to about 40 lbs) is properly restrained in a child safety seat. (Renter responsible for securing child passenger in child safety seat in rental vehicle)
  • Child safety seats are available for a daily surcharge and must be requested in advance.

Items on Request

  • A request for hand controls must be requested directly through Alamo's Tour Help Desk.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Alamo at the rental location.

Drop Charges

    The vehicle may be picked up at one location and returned to another for an additional fee.
    • Fee varies by location.
    *Drop charges are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • There will be no charge for cancellations made prior to pick-up date.


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Lihue Airport
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766
Telephone: 808-245-9031
Monday-Friday Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, the Hawaii state general excise tax, the daily vehicle rental surcharge, the daily vehicle licensing and registration fee, and the airport concession recovery fee (where applicable).

Renter Qualifications

  • Valid driver's license in own name (required by law). Foreign renters muse have a valid license from their home country. An international license alone is not acceptable.
  • Major credit card in own name (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Diners Club)
  • Avis vehicles may not be used for off-road use; camping is prohibited.
  • A cash deposit is acceptable in lieu of a major credit card, provided customer cash qualified within certain restrictions.
  • Renters must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the rental. Renters ages 21-24 will be subject to a daily surcharge.

Additional Driver Policy

  • One additional driver is included in the rates.
  • For additional drivers beyond the one complimentary, a daily fee will apply and will be charged at the Avis rental location.
  • Additional drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Drivers 21 to 25 years of age are subject to the underage drivers fee.

Safety

  • Hawaii state law requires that a child under 4 years of age (up to about 40 lbs) is properly restrained in a child safety seat. (Renter responsible for securing child passenger in child safety seat in rental vehicle)
  • Child safety seats are available for a daily surcharge and must be requested in advance.

Items on Request

  • A request for hand controls must be requested directly through Avis' Tour Help Desk.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Budget at the rental location.

Drop Charges

    The vehicle may be picked up at one location and returned to another for an additional fee.
    • Fee varies by location.
    *Drop charges are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • There will be no charge for cancellations made prior to pick-up date.


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