Diving in the Land of Aloha: The Hawaiian Islands
The Big Kahunas: Hawaii’s Sharks
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Facts & Figures
- Location: Seventy miles northwest of Oahu, Kauai is at 22 degrees north latitude.
- Size: The fourth-largest island of the main Hawaiian Islands and the 21st-largest island in the United States covering an area of 552.3 square miles (1, 436 sq km). Kauai is 33 miles (53 km) wide, 25 miles (40 km) long, and 137 miles (219 km) in circumference.
- Population: 66,000, with most living in 18 small communities
- Beaches: Kauai is blessed with numerous beaches with public access, but there are long coastal stretches where beach access is not available.
- Accommodations: Wide variety, including traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts, and exclusive spas widely dispersed in coastal areas.
- Time: Hawaii Standard Time is Greenwich meantime minus 10 hours. Kauai is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe daylight-saving time, so when daylight-saving time is in effect on the U.S. mainland, Hawaii is an additional hour behind.
- Entry Requirements: For U.S. citizens, conditions of entry are the same as they are to cross state lines in the continental United States, thus no passport or immigration clearance is required. For non-U.S. citizens, requirements vary. Canadian citizens need only a passport.
- Getting There: The main airport is in the town of Lihue on the southeast side of Kauai. Several major airlines offer direct service from the U.S. mainland. Interisland flights operate several times daily.