Kauai has added two resorts to its list of county-approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine, or “resort bubble,” properties.
Starting Monday, Hanalei Bay Resort and The Point at Poipu are now a part of the resort bubble program.
The resorts join six other Garden Isle resort bubble properties, including The Cliffs at Princeville, Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, Koa Kea Hotel and Resort at Poipu Beach, The Club at Kukuiula, Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences at Hokuala, and Kauai Marriott Resort.
Kauai County launched the resort bubble initiative on Jan. 5, after it had opted out of the state’s pre-travel testing program in early December in response to an increase of Covid-19 cases in the Mainland and on-island. While Kauai rejoined the Safe Travels program last month for interisland travel, the resort bubble program offers the only option for transpacific travelers to test out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Travelers will be able to move about the resort property including pools and restaurants however during the three days of quarantine, guests cannot leave the resort other than for medical care and will have their movements monitored by a bracelet.
Passengers arriving to Kauai who have taken a pre-travel Covid-19 test can take a second test three days after arrival — if they are staying at an approved resort bubble property. If the secondary test comes back negative, participants are released from quarantine. Travelers will need to arrange in advance a taxi or hotel shuttle to transport you to the resort of choice. No rental cars are allowed till after you are out of quarantine.
The county notes on its website that guests should consult their resort about post-travel testing options. You can book your stay directly with those properties like normal, but factor in not only the cost of the pre- and post-arrival tests, but also the monitoring bracelets. Each “bubble resort” has their own fees for the bracelets and to arrange for you to have someone come and administer the 2nd Covid test after 72 hours from arrival.
Travel to Kauai, which has the most stringent Covid-related travel rules among the counties, has lagged behind the other three main islands in recent weeks. In December, Kauai reported the largest drop in monthly visitors (down 97% year-over-year) among the four counties, according to data by Hawaii Tourism Authority. Kauai had 3,759 visitors for the month, a significant drop from November, when it had nearly 28,500 visitors.