Kiawah Island is located at 32°36'33" North, 80°5'51" West (32.609425, -80.097777).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.54 mi2 (35.07 km2). 11.16 mi2 (28.91 km2) of it is land and 2.38 mi2 (6.16 km2) of it is covered by water. The total area is 17.55% water.
Kiawah Island is located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) timezone, GMT-05:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST).