Maui vs Kauai: Which Hawaiian Island is Best for You?
So, you’ve got your heart set on a Hawaiian vacation and are planning a trip to Hawaii. You’ve narrowed your choices down to two main Hawaiian islands: Maui or Kauai.
You can envision yourself on both islands, chilling on a dreamy beach eating luscious Hawaiian fruit and then hopping in a helicopter for the views of a lifetime.
They’re both tropical, lush, exciting and relaxing. And both are island paradises. However, some significant differences can help you choose which is better: Maui or Kauai?
Maui has a more polished and sophisticated vibe than Kauai. It’s made for lovers and honeymooners. It even has a romantic lavender farm you can visit.
Photo: Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
Kauai is more rustic. More mellow. And far less touristy – it’s not as developed as Maui and receives about half the visitors that Maui gets.
Weather in Kauai vs Maui:
There isn’t too much variance in the temperature between Maui and Kauai. But the rain makes all the difference.
Photo: Wikimedia, Charles Haynes
Driving in Maui
Depending on where you stay, you may not even need to rent a car. For example, if you stay in Lahaina – the largest tourist area – you’ll be able to walk almost everywhere.
Driving in Kauai
Only about 20% of Kauai is accessible by car. And making it more of a challenge, the roads don’t run along the coastline. You can’t see those stunning views from your vehicle.
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