Cruise ships use this harbor as their port-of-call. It is located at the mouth of the Hule'ia Stream which creates a natural channel for the large ships. This harbor and nearby Niumalu Beach Park were pictured in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The 12,000-square-ft. Aloha Center is just a block away from Nawiliwili Harbor's disembarkation center. It features an art gallery, coffee shop, clothing store, helicopter tour and moped rental outlets, arts and crafts vendors.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
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Nawiliwili is on Kauai island, north-western Hawaii, situated north-west of Oahu, from which it is separated by the Kauai Channel, and east of Niihau, from which it is separated by the Kaulakahi Channel. The state's fourth-largest island, sometimes known as the Garden Island
The main population centers are Lihue and Kapaa and there is an excellent beach at Kalpaki
Free shuttles run to car rental offices, Hilo Hatties, Kmart (beside Kuhio Grove), Walmart, and smaller malls from the pier.
Rental car is the best way to really see the island-- and the only way to get to some remote (and scenic) sites. Difficult to get lost here, as there is only one main road around the island.
Public bus The Kaua'i Bus operates a Public (Fixed Route) bus service and a Paratransit (Door-to-Door) bus service from Hanalei to Kekaha daily. The Kauai Bus now provides service to the Airport and limited service to Koloa and Poipu.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
People come to Kauai primarily for one thing: the beaches with their great snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and sunning. But Kauai also boasts more navigable rivers than the other Hawaiian Islands making kayaking very popular.
There are plenty of free shuttles to the shopping centers. Some are just strip malls, some are more like mainland malls. Kukui Grove Shopping Center and Lihue Shopping Center are as close to a mainland shopping mall as you will find on Kaua'i.
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
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