As the world starts to open up again, it makes sense that the allure of a Hawaiian vacation would be strong. Even while restrictions lift, there are still some things to keep in mind while you plan your travels to Kauai in 2022. Here’s your rundown on all things Kauai as you plan your travels. Keep in mind that this information is current at the time of writing, but as local situations change quickly, it’s a good idea to check directly with government websites.
As you travel to small, vulnerable island communities with limited medical access and few ICU beds, you can help serve the community by doing some research first. Find out transmission rates in the community you’ll visit, and track how hospitals are doing with available services. Let that information guide your trip planning. Above all, remember that Kauai is home for many. Respect them as you would your own neighbors by following their local guidelines and being extra conscientious during this hard time.
From the mainland US, you can find some pretty sweet flight deals right now. You can save especially when you travel in the shoulder season. Between September and November and from April to June, temperatures are a bit lower (highs in the low 80s Fahrenheit, lows in the 70s) and families and holiday travelers are home, leaving calmer beaches and easier access. As you plan, keep in mind shifting pandemic variables, but also weather and sustainability for your destination.
At the time of writing, visitors traveling from out of state but within the US are subject to a five-day quarantine, unless they qualify for an exception. The requirements for an exception are pretty simple. You either need a negative pre-travel test, or a proof of vaccination. The mandatory Safe Travels Hawai’i form should be your first stop if you qualify for one of these exceptions. You’ll just need to upload your proof of testing or vaccination, fill out a form, and sign some declarations. If you’re an international arrival, you’ll need to follow the federal entry requirements, which your airline or cruise ship will have more information about.
On Kauai, masks are no longer required outdoors where distance is possible. But there is still a mandate in place to mask indoors and in crowded spaces. Help protect Kauai’s communities, and mask up.
According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii’s fleet of rental cars decreased 40% over the course of the pandemic. Now as travelers increase again, that has led to a rental car shortage. While that shortage may or may not continue into 2022, it’s important to keep in mind as you plan. Please avoid renting work vehicles like Uhauls for leisure travel, since residents rely on these being available. But you might find more sustainable options like ebikes and public transit make a convenient alternative.
At the time of writing, restaurants are able to operate at 100% capacity again, though not all owners and managers may be able to return to full capacity right away. Still, if dining, expect to wear a mask except while eating and drinking.
Many tour operators and both indoor and outdoor attractions on the island are back at it, but you’ll want to check with them directly for information about what to expect.
Not all restrictions are in place because of COVID, though. If you plan on visiting the Nā Pali Coast, you’ll need to get a permit ahead of time. Some hard years for landslides have led to limited access along the north shore, so a reservation is necessary in addition to your entry fee. But the extra step is well worth it to explore this striking section of coastline.
When you’re ready for a visit to the reopened Garden Isle, Highline Adventures can give you a home base for your exploration, focused on sustainability and green travel. Book your stay now, and get back to the jungles and beaches of Kauai.