Kauai Guide Books & Sites We Love!

April 20th, 2009

I thought it may be helpful to put together a list of books, guides and sites that we personally recommend for our guests. I know when I go on vacation to a new place I am always SO excited I try to find out as much information as possible… I thought some of you may be the same way:) Please take a moment to review our suggestions below…

Kauai – Mile by Mile Guide: Best of the Garden Isle
A new series of guides that have a very simple, but good, layout (one place, beach, etc per page). Reads more like a true guide than a book and has a photo for every stop in the book (color only in e-Book form). For Kauai their guide details every major stop around the island. It’s their first all-inclusive island guide. You’re likely to see the authors as they make no attempt to hide their identity. You can even talk one on one with them via email or their website or otherf orums if you can find them. Buy the Kauai book from them and get their e-guide free.
Frommer’s Kauai
The best WRITTEN of all the books, but the most wordy. Great details, but it’s A LOT of text. If you like details, get this guide, if you like photos get Mile by Mile or Revealed. Overall Frommer’s is a great series, but hopefully they eventually include more photos. Photos are mostly black and white currently.
Ultimate Kauai
Wizard Publications offers a great set of Hawaii guide books that are updated at each reprint. They also maintain updates online between re-prints.
Kauai Trailblazer:
Where to hike, snorkel, bike, paddle, surf.- A guide for families and outdoor adventurers alike, Trailblazer covers all of the island with easy-to-follow directions and descriptions for 119 hikes, 68 beaches, 42 snorkeling spots, 61 moutain bike rides, 27 kayaking waters, 36 surfing put-ins and a special Trailblazer Kids section. Maps, photos and 4 driving tours make it theone you’ll want to have along. Kauai’s most respected and best loved book.
Moon Handbooks: Kaua’i
Another excellent guidebook. It’s laid out in order of the things you’ll come to as you’re driving, with descriptions of beaches, things to see and do, and restaurants. Very helpful in combination with Ultimate Kauai.

Here are some great Kauai websites worth surfing too:

Official Kauai County Website

Official Kauai Country Tourism Site

Wikipedia entry on Kauai

Schmap Kauai Guide

Please always feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have on our beautiful island. We are always available to assist:)

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Author | Shelah Jean Abubo
Shelah Abubo is the owner of Jean & Abbott Properties a Kauai based rental agency specializing in luxury Kauai Vacation Rentals. Born & raised on Kauai, Shelah knows the Island intimately and has found her passion in sharing her knowledge and expertise with island travelers and guests.

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