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The most difficult part of planning a Hawaiian vacation for me is deciding where to stay. While I love luxurious beach resorts as much as the next girl, most of my trips to Hawaii tend to be pretty active (especially Kauai!), and it just doesn’t make sense to pay an arm and a leg to stay at a fancy place when I’ll be spending most of my days hiking in Waimea Canyon or boating down the Napali Coast. But…sometimes I like a little more comfort than a budget hotel provides.
Luckily, I’ve figured out the perfect way to save some cash and still get amazing amenities by staying in an Airbnb on Kauai! And yippee for you…I’ve got a $35 credit for you to use towards your stay! You can grab that right here.
But before I let you in on some of my favorite Kauai Airbnbs, you probably have a few questions…
What is Airbnb? Airbnb is an online booking platform that connects people who are looking to rent out their home (or condo, guest cottage, garage apartment, etc.) with people who are looking for that type of accommodation. Operating in over 200 countries and 35,000 cities, Airbnb has over 10,000 listings in Hawaii alone!
How does it work? By doing a simple search by island, you’ll be able to find a wide (price and type) range of accommodation. Some Airbnb listings are for a shared or private room in the “host’s” house and some are for an entire apartment, condo, or house. You can refine your search to fit certain criteria (part of the island, price, style, etc.) before you start weeding through specific properties. Once you settle on a property, you’ll work out the details with the host and submit your payment through Airbnb’s online booking system, which mediates the transaction.
Why Airbnb in Hawaii? Airbnb is a popular accommodation source all over the world, but Hawaii is an Airbnber’s dream. Hawaii has a great variety of accommodation options, which makes it the perfect place to try out Airbnb. Since Hawaii is a major vacation destination, there are of course MANY condos to choose form but besides condos, Hawaii has a ton of “ohanas.” Ohana means family (any Lilo and Stitch fans out there???) and in Hawaii the term is applied to separate living units located on the same property as the main house. Many homes in Hawaii are divided up into multiple spaces (each with its own private entrance, bathroom, kitchenette, etc.) while some have a guest cottage on the property. Because so many homes are configured this way, it’s easy to find a private apartment or cottage on the same property with a local host.
How does it save me money? There are several ways you’ll save money on a trip to Hawaii by staying in an Airbnb. The biggest way you’ll save money is that it’s soooo much cheaper than staying at a resort or hotel. On many islands you can find condos or ohanas either right on or just a block or two from the beach. Plus, resorts can get expensive really fast if you have more than two adults staying in a room. Airbnbs are perfect for larger parties who can rent an entire house or multi bedroom condo and split the cost. Another big benefit that Airbnbs offer is the full kitchen (or kitchenette depending on what you book). Having a place to cook some meals and a fridge to store snacks and drinks can really save you a lot. Another big plus to staying in a hosted Airbnb is that they often provide gear for you to use. If you’re staying at a beach resort, they’ll only provide chairs and umbrellas for you at their beach, but an Airbnb or condo will often have chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, coolers, and snorkeling gear for you to use during your stay. This is a pretty big bonus if you’re the adventuresome type who likes to check out different beaches and do day trips to explore the island.
Before I let you in on some of my favorite Airbnb’s, if you’re not very familiar with Kauai, you should read this post to get the lay of the is(land) and decide which area you’d most like to stay.
20 Cool Kauai Airbnbs
Pali Cottage at Waimea Heights: This 3 bedroom plantation style cottage has sweeping views of the Waimea Valley and the ocean and starts at $179/night.
Kauai’s Aloha Studio: This comfy studio in Kalaheo on the south side starts at just $108/night!
Prince Kuhio Condo: Just 20 yards from the beach, you’ll find some of the island’s best snorkeling and surfing right outside this one bedroom condo, which starts at $139/night.
Poipu Beach Guest House: Located in a quiet neighborhood, just still just a stone’s throw from Poipu, this upper story guesthouse starts at $145/night.
Sunny Poipu Condo: This one bedroom condo located within walking distance to sunny Poipu Beach starts at $149/night.
100 Steps to Poipu Beach: Located just 100 steps to Poipu Beach, this two-bedroom condo is the perfect place for a vacation on the south side and starts at $180/night.
Perfect Poipu Home: This quiet two bedroom condo just five minutes from Poipu Beach has pool access and starts at just $113/night.