Kauai, Hawaii, is often regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The tropical land is covered by a luscious rainforest, and its incredible rivers and valleys offer unrivaled opportunities for outdoor adventure. Frequent rainfall creates breathtaking waterfalls, and visitors to this magnificent island have the opportunity to marvel at exotic wildlife, colorful flowers, and plentiful fruit trees. Kauai is home to over 60 different beaches where tourists and locals enjoy snorkeling, surfing, and just lounging in the sun.
Read on for a list of the best Airbnb rentals in Kauai, curated to help you find the perfect accommodation for your trip. To ensure that these Airbnbs are well rated and consistently outstanding, all of the rentals listed are hosted by superhosts and hold Airbnb Plus status. For those unfamiliar with Airbnb, superhosts have a proven track record of providing exceptional hospitality while Airbnb Plus properties have been verified through in-person inspection. Each listing also features an impressive selection of modern comforts such as complimentary toiletries, TV, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.
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The Surf Shack
First up is an Airbnb in Kauai with panoramic ocean views and a convenient location close to golf courses, bars, and fine dining options.
Nestled in a luxurious resort community, the rental comes with access to an on-site restaurant, a pool, and a hot tub. The interior is bright and spacious and decked out in bright colors and bohemian décor. With two full bathrooms, one bedroom with a king-size bed, and a second bedroom with two double beds, the space is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. Open up the sliding glass doors in the surf shack-themed living room and watch the tide roll in from your own private balcony. When you’re not out enjoying the island’s famed restaurants, the modern full kitchen makes cooking a breeze, and the rental comes with local fresh fruit and eggs from the farmer’s market nearby.
Perched on a scenic overlook in Princeville, this convenient condo offers easy access to North Shore Beaches and comes with its own private hiking trail that leads to Hideaway Beach.
Updated Hawaiiana Charmer
Featured in Condé Nast as one of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii, this private guest suite makes the perfect home base for your island adventure.
The interior features exposed wooden beams, wood-planked ceilings, and authentic Hawaiian furnishings that create a simple and inviting atmosphere. There is one bedroom with a queen-size bed and one bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower, making the space ideal for one or two guests. With a brand-new bathroom and kitchenette, this Airbnb in Princeville, Kauai, has been completely updated to offer an ultra-modern stay with all of the comforts of home. Additional special touches include pillowtop mattresses, custom mahogany walls, and a vintage Nintendo gaming system. Guests can relax in the spacious living room or step outside and lounge in the fresh air with a private balcony and a terrace with an outdoor shower.
Adventurous couples and solo travelers are sure to be impressed by the vast selection of beach gear such as surfboards, longboards, paddleboards, bikes, and beach chairs for guest use. Feel free to grab what you need and follow one of the several surrounding trails to the beach.
Romantic Garden Cottage
Another great option for couples interested in renting a house in Kauai, this incredible cottage is perched on a bluff and overlooks Wainiha River Valley.
Surrounded by massive windows and wall-length glass doors, the airy living room is the perfect place to relax and enjoy spectacular jungle and mountain views. Behind the living room, you’ll find a desk, a full kitchen, and a spiral staircase leading to the comfy bedroom. The full bathroom is constructed of gorgeous marble, and the rental offers both an indoor and an outdoor shower.
Nestled on a full acre filled with lush gardens, the Kauai Airbnb is surrounded by exotic birds, colorful flowers, and plentiful fruit trees, and guests have access to a private stream, a pool, and a hot tub.
With beautiful beaches just steps away, this incredible rental can only be described as a true paradise.
Tropical Condo With Pool Access
Rent a condo in Kauai that guarantees a luxurious experience with this impressive Airbnb Plus property.
Two bright bedrooms and two luxurious full bathrooms make the condo suited for up to four guests. The common areas are bright and airy and surrounded by glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Antique furnishings and brand-new appliances elevate the high-end atmosphere, and the open design makes the interior feel like a natural extension of the stunning surrounding scenery. Tropical gardens border a massive inground pool and a covered outdoor patio, where guests can use the shared stainless-steel grill and play a game on the ping-pong table. Be sure to open up the doors and windows to take advantage of the cool and refreshing tropical breeze.
This resort community is perfectly positioned atop a bluff and overlooks the ocean, the mountains, and waterfalls. The community also offers two golf courses and expansive outdoor common areas.
Charming Riverside Canal Cottage
This studio cottage on the Wailua River offers a dreamlike stay in the central region of Kapaa.
Originally built in 1953, the cottage has been tastefully renovated to offer a modern stay that retains its classic charm. Bamboo vaulted ceilings and rustic wooden details stand out against the bright white walls and the rose-colored comforter draped across the queen-size bed. Although the space is small, it is fully furnished with a comfy sofa and a two-person dining table and offers a modern full bathroom and an updated kitchenette. The guest suite comes with a pair of kayaks and bikes, which guests are welcome to take to the nearby river and bike path. Guests also have access to a tropical outdoor common area with plenty of seating options and a stainless-steel grill.
The beach is conveniently located just a block away, and this rental also boasts Airbnb Plus status, so you can be sure that you’re getting one of the Best Airbnbs in Kauai.
Secluded Jungle Cottage
Situated on the North Shore of Kauai, this two-bedroom vacation home is engulfed in tropical jungle plants, banana trees, and papaya trees.
Grand windows and a minimalist design create an attractive atmosphere that makes you feel at one with the jungle. Whether you’re relaxing on the wrap-around porch, lounging on the living room couch, or enjoying a meal at the dining table, you can enjoy unobstructed views of the island’s incredible natural scenery. The large windows and stunning views continue in both bedrooms, which are furnished with a king-size bed and a queen-size bed respectively. The full bathroom and full kitchen are equally luxurious, and guests also have access to an outdoor shower and a screened-in porch with a hammock.
This Airbnb in Kauai offers easy access to nearby hiking trails and local beaches, and guests can enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding in Hanalei Bay.
Poipulani Paradise Villa
Located in the luxurious neighborhood of Poipu, this Kauai Airbnb offers an exotic design and top-of-the-line amenities in every room.
With one full bathroom and one bedroom with a king-size bed, the rental is ideal for a solo traveler or a couple. This Airbnb is part of a larger townhouse community with a gorgeous custom waterfall, and the property offers a shared grilling area, a laundry room, and a putting green. The light-filled interior is spacious and well decorated, and a full wall of windows in the living area lets in incredible mountain views. The gourmet full kitchen boasts gorgeous Brazilian Karmica granite countertops, and the luxurious full bathroom comes with a relaxing Jacuzzi tub.
Poipu is known for its incredible snorkeling, surfing, and fine dining opportunities. The world-renowned beaches are just a short walk away as are several art galleries and golf courses, and guests can catch fantastic views of monk seals and sea turtles from various lookout points.
Beachfront Koloa Condo
If you’re interested in a beach house in Kauai with expansive ocean views and hotel-style facilities, this may be the Airbnb for you.
Recently remodeled, the corner unit is filled with ultra-modern amenities from top to bottom. Up to four guests can stay in the rental, which offers one bedroom with a king-size bed and a queen-size sofa bed in the living room. The full kitchen, living room, and dining room are all appointed with brand-new furnishings and amenities, and the remodeled bathroom boasts a gorgeous granite vanity. The rental also comes with a private lanai, which is furnished with a patio table and lounge chairs and offers expansive views of the property’s gardens. A full selection of beach gear is provided with your stay, and a travel high chair is available for guests traveling with small children.
Poipu Beach is just steps away, and the townhouse offers an abundance of luxurious facilities including a pool with a waterslide, a fitness club with a gym and exercise classes, and a cabana bar and grill with poolside service.
With a paradisal atmosphere and resort amenities, this is one of the best Kauai Airbnbs for those travelers looking for luxury.
Coastal Living Oasis
For another fantastic vacation rental in Kauai with Airbnb Plus status, check out this beachy Princeville abode.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was named one of the best vacation rentals in Hawaii by Coastal Living Magazine, and for good reason. The interior is filled with grand windows that provide stunning waterfall views and flood the common areas with natural light. Comfy couches and a large wooden desk sit in the stylish living area, which boasts gorgeous indoor plants and tasteful pops of color. Behind the living room, you’ll find a formal dining room with a wicker chandelier and a full kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. In addition to the main living room, guests have access to a spacious recreation area, which is appointed with a fun foosball table and an extra daybed.
The 3,200 square foot retreat comes with a gorgeous sun deck and a large yard, and the famous natural pool known as Queen’s Bath is just a short walk away.
Ground-Floor Oceanfront Condo
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Kauai as close to the beach as possible, this oceanfront condo is the one for you.
The renovated interior boasts one bedroom with a king-size bed, a sleeper sofa in the living room, and two full bathrooms. Perfect for couples, small groups of friends, and families with children, the condo has been completely updated to include brand-new linens, appliances, and a Smart TV. Indoor plants and wooden furnishings give the space a tropical feel, and the spacious common areas include a comfy living room, a dining area, and a full kitchen with a breakfast bar.
Sliding glass doors in the living room open onto a furnished patio, from which the gorgeous Lae Nani Beach is literally just a few steps away. Situated in an award-winning condo complex, the rental comes with access to a heated oceanfront pool, tennis courts, and grilling areas.
Ocean View Studio
This quaint bungalow in Kappa offers a private escape in the tropics with easy access to local shops and restaurants.
With beachy bohemian décor and a lively collection of indoor plants, the bright interior is perfectly designed to put you in the vacation spirit. The space is furnished with a comfortable double bed and would make a great home base for a solo adventurer or a romantic stay for a couple. The studio also offers a full kitchen, a two-person dining table, and a private full bathroom. Relax on the private deck as you watch the tide roll in or lounge out on the beach as you flip through books on Hawaiian cooking and local artists. This rental is part of a gorgeous condo resort with a pool, and the beach is literally just a few steps away from your front door.
The central location of this Kauai Airbnb makes it perfect for anyone interested in exploring the entire length of the island.
Oceanfront Penthouse Suite
When it comes to short-term rentals in Kauai, few can compare to this high-end, top-floor corner suite.
The tropical-themed interior has been updated with brand-new flooring and appliances, and both full bathrooms feature dual sinks and gorgeous tilework. The master bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, and the second bedroom offers a queen-size bed. Both bedrooms are marked by massive windows that provide endless ocean views, and the two sets of glass doors that surround the living room lead onto a wrap-around balcony. In addition to a comfortable sitting area, the open-concept living space also offers a full kitchen, a granite breakfast bar, and a glass dining table.
Conveniently located in the heart of Princeville, this convenient condo rental is just a short walk away from the shore. The complex also offers access to a pool, a tennis club, and a shared grilling area. The panoramic views offered by the wrap-around deck are truly unbeatable, and if you visit in the winter or the spring, you may even catch a glimpse of the island’s humpback whales.
Sealodge Oceanfront Retreat
Elevated atop a tall cliff, this magical second-floor condo overlooks the largest barrier reef in Hawaii.
The vibrant interior features handcrafted Hawaiian accents and high-end appliances. There is one full bathroom and one bedroom with a queen-size bed, and the colorful living room offers a comfy sofa and an extra double bed. From the stylish backsplash in the full kitchen to the granite bathroom vanity, every inch of this rental exudes luxury. When you’re not resting up in your private condo, be sure to take advantage of the incredible views from the private lanai or take a short walk downstairs for access to endless resort facilities.
Situated in the Princeville condo resort known as Sealodge, this Airbnb in Kauai comes with free access to a refreshing waterfront pool, a grilling station, a private beach, and a cozy firepit area surrounded by Adirondack chairs. Historic Hanalei Bay is located a few minutes away, and a massive selection of outdoor gear is included with your stay.
Breezy Oceanfront Condo
Conveniently located within walking distance of the beach, this vacation apartment for rent in Kauai offers easy access to the island’s famous coastal path.
The first-floor unit offers one full bathroom, one bedroom with a queen-size bed, and a spacious living room with an extra queen-size Murphy bed. Sliding glass doors in the sitting area lead directly onto a patio and a large grassy yard, where you can enjoy great views of Pono Kai Beach. There is also a full kitchen with a complete selection of cooking supplies for nights when you don’t feel like eating out. The rental is well equipped with beach gear and snorkel equipment, and the condo complex offers several hotel-style facilities such as a pool, a hot tub, a tennis court, a gym, and a shuffleboard table.
Guests can take a short walk to the beach for swimming and snorkeling, and this gorgeous Old Kapaa Town rental is also close to several great restaurants and local shops.
Newly Renovated Northshore Condo
Wrapping up our list is a Kauai Airbnb where guests can watch the sun set over the gorgeous Makana Mountain.
Up to five guests can sleep comfortably in the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home. The master bedroom is on the first floor and is furnished with a king-size bed, and the second bedroom is lofted above the common areas and features two single beds. There is an extra air mattress available for the spacious living room, which boasts tall wood-planked ceilings with exposed white planks. The living area also comes with a glass dining table, a full kitchen, and a spiral staircase leading up to the loft. The private lanai is covered and fully furnished with an outdoor couch and a second dining table.
Nestled in a beautiful Princeville condo complex, the rental includes access to a gorgeous inground pool and a hot tub, and Hanalei Bay can be found just 10 minutes away.
That concludes our list of best Airbnbs in Kauai. No matter which of these fabulous rentals catches your eye, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.