Guest Author - Jim Fortune
Before donning your beach shorts and heading towards the Pacific, make sure you know important Kauai tips to avoid complications and other troubles that can break the excitement. Careful preparation is the key for the whole family to enjoy and have an experience of a lifetime. Kauai is a very casual place so always emphasize comfort and convenience in every part of your trip planning.
How to Go Around Kauai
Kauai tips are available on the internet and it is ideal to make transportation reservations early since some days of the week and seasons tend to be packed. The easiest method for most would be to cheack out all of the car rental services that the island has to offer. Car rental rates in Hawaii are actually much cheaper compared to other states in America.
Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $60 for a 1-day rental of a medium-size car. The price range already is non-discounted and has unlimited mileage. You can make reservations by phone, online or personally at agencies nearby Lihue Airport. Most companies allow you to drive anywhere on the island provided that you are at least 25 years old and have a valid driving license and credit card.
Motorcycle rentals are also available and most companies offer a wide selection of brands like Harley Davidson, Ducati, BMW, etc. Scooters and race bikes are available as well. Rental rates will depend on the motorcycle model, duration and location. Some companies may charge you by the hour. Age restrictions vary but every client is required to have a valid driver's license. Check your credit card and insurance companies if their coverage includes vehicle rental services in Kauai. There are a few credit cards that offer free insurance if you use the card to make a reservation. It would be worth a call to your credit card company to see if they offer this coverage.
Public and private transportation options are also present in Kauai such as taxis, buses, limousines, airport shuttles, boats and helicopters. Buses and taxis generally pass through the two major highways on the island.
However, buses do not stop at any resorts and they have a baggage limit for each passenger. Buses are available from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It may be more convenient to take a taxi when going to particular attractions. I would recommend that you take either a boat or helicopter for specific locations that are generally non-accessible by land.
Bringing Kids Along
Traveling to Kauai with children can be stress-free and fun if you know the right services and methods. For flight plans, ask for seats with lots of leg room. Bring toys and other items that will relieve boredom for the duration of the trip.
You might want to try an overnight stopover in California if you're flying from the east coast to prevent tired kids from getting irritated and help them adjust to the time zone. Always ask for a child or baby seat when driving around Kauai. Babies will need high chairs, strollers and cribs. You can contact your hotel and other transportation service to provide these for you. Make sure there isn't a fee if you decide to get equipment from the hotel.
In some areas and events, kids may not be allowed but some you can always check out babysitting services in the island. Kauai hotels, lodges and other locations will be glad to provide you a list of professional babysitting services. You only pay the person by the hour but make sure you inform and ask the front desk to check on your children regularly.
There are also special places like museums, beach events and parks that particularly cater to children with guides, caretakers and educators so you might consider leaving your little ones momentarily as you go to other attractions.
A trip to Kauai can be fun if you plan your trip in advance and are prepared for little things that always come in when travelling at this time of year.
Despite the economy I hope you are travelling and enjoying yourself. Until next time, let me know what is on your mind, and how you are doing, O.K.?
Jim Fortune - the Bella Budget Travel Guy