Nawiliwili (Kauai), Hawaii

Nawiliwili (Kauai), Hawaii

Nawiliwili is a port on the south-east coast of the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, in the Pacific Ocean.

Take a helicopter sightseeing tour of Mount Waialeale, the Alakai Swamp, Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast.

Kayaking, surfing and snorkelling are popular pursuits on the island.

Rent a car and explore the island, it’s the only way to get to some of the remote and scenic sites.

Waimea Canyon is a large canyon, approximately 16 km long and up to 3,000 feet deep. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale, which is among the wettest places on earth.

The disabled cruiser visiting Nawiliwili 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at Nawiliwili Harbor. Note: the harbor entrance is narrow, if there are high winds or a large swell, ships may not be able to enter it.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

On foot: 

By car: 

By bus:

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the US Dollar.


Everyone speaks English there, but it is fun to learn a few Hawaiian words. “Aloha” can mean many things, but you’ll use it most often to denote “hello” and “goodbye,” while “mahalo” means “thank you.”


The nearest shops are at Kalapaki Beach about 0.5 miles from the dock. There are 2 smaller shopping centres here selling lots of souvenirs and gifts. The Kauai Marriott nearby also has some stores.

On the island, there is a good range of cuisines, ranging from traditional dishes to international and fresh fish and seafood.

Points of Interest

  • Nawiliwili – a seven-

Nawiliwili Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

Nawiliwili Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible