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Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii

Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the northernmost and geologically oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Nearly circular in shape, only three percent of the land area has been developed for residential and commercial use, with the remaining 97 percent divided between agriculture and conservation. The majority of the island’s population of 52,000 lives and works in the coastal areas. The interior of the island is spectacularly beautiful and pristine. In the centre rises Mount Waialeale, a remnant of an extinct volcano that gave birth to the island. In 1778, Captain Cook anchored the Resolution and Discovery off Kauai at the mouth of the Waimea River, 25 miles (40 km) west of the capital of Lihue. This was Hawaii’s first contact with Western civilisation.

Nawiliwili Harbor was established as Kauai’s principal port in 1930. It was named for the Wiliwili trees that were once abundant in the area. Kauai’s near perfect year-round temperatures and the refreshing breezes from the northeast trade winds attract thousands of travellers each year to this island paradise.

Pier Information

The ship is scheduled to dock at Pier 2 at the Nawiliwili Boat Harbor. It is about three miles (five km) to Lihue. Taxis are generally available at the pier.


The closest shopping area to the pier is Anchor Cove and Harbor Mall across from Kalapaki Beach. Free shuttle service is provided to both shopping areas. Another shuttle is available to the Coconut Market Place at Lihue, where good buys can be found in island fashions and Kauai coffee. The local currency is the U.S. dollar.


Menus feature locally grown produce, island-raised beef and lamb, and freshly caught fish. There are several good restaurants in Nawiliwili and at Poipu Beach, offering a wide choice of food in every price category.

Other Sites

Located three miles (five km) from Nawiliwili, Lihue is Kauai’s county seat as well as the business and transportation centre. It is home to the Kauai Museum, a local history and art museum with exhibits showcasing geology, flora, fauna and artefacts from the missionary and plantation periods. Nearby is Kalapaki Beach with its white sands and gentle waters that make it ideal for swimming and sailing. The Kauai Lagoons serve as a sanctuary for exotic wildlife.

Poipu Beach
The beaches in this area on the southern-most tip of the island are favourites for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office onboard.
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