Recent Kauai reviews
"This was our first visit to Kauai but I can't imagine staying anyplace else in the future. The condo is exactly as advertised. Four of us shared the condo and had plenty of space. While we did not do much cooking, the kitchen was nicely appointed. The unit is separated from the Marriott hotel, but close enough to enjoy the amenities, plus there are plenty of dining and shopping (from souvenirs to necessities) within a short drive. I highly recommend this property."Guest: Joy M. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 30, 2014View listing
"When we arrived at the house, we were greeted with beautiful Hawaiian music to welcome us! We continued to be very pleased with our accommodations the entire trip. The only part we didn't like was when we had to leave. The description of the home was spot on. The pictures of the property were true to what we saw. It was hard for me to imagine that the view from the lanai would be as perfect as the picture, but it was. The only thing the pictures didn't capture was the beautiful sights and sounds of the ocean. We all marveled at how we were able to wake up early enough to see the sunrise. We spent several evenings on Baby Beach, watching the sunset. Magnificent. The beach is literally across the street. It was so cool to walk to the beach whenever we wanted. We saw sea turtles and even a monk seal. The property was very clean and everything was in good working order. The owner provided so many touches that made it seemed like home. The home was very comfortable. We had several in our party. There wasn't a time when we felt crowded. We found ourselves enjoying the lanai in the morning/evening and the sky chairs were also popular. We also cooked a lot! The kitchen was super. We were able to cook everything from Mexican food to Italian food without a problem! The kitchen is well equipped. Lots to do within walking distance. Nice areas to take a walk. We all LOVED this property and hope to visit again. We felt totally relaxed as if we were at home! I would (and have) recommend this property to anyone wanting a truly wonderful place to stay."Guest: marty Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014View listing
"This cottage is not about luxury, it is about comfort, relaxation and a very reasonable rate. The house is very clean and stocked with everything you'll need and more. Snorkeling, swimming, spear fishing, paddle boarding and beach combing are excellent here and just steps away. Very little effort is needed to negotiate the sea wall to access beach. We spent our first week in my time share and explored the island everyday. However, once we arrived at the cottage we only left twice to get fresh food. I was planning to propose to my love mid-week but was so inspired by the feeling I got 30 minutes into our stay I pulled out the ring and dropped to a knee. She had little option but to say yes as she had the same feeling. Mahalo Nui Loa for making this our most romantic and best Kauai vacation ever! We'll definitely stay here again."Guest: Kenneth F. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 6, 2014View listing
"My husband and I have vacationed in Hawaii many times and have come to love the North Shore of Kauai. This was our first trip with our girls (ages 6 & 7) so it was important to find a place to call home while in Kauai! This villa was perfect and exceeded all of our expectations! The view from the lanai is AMAZING... Mountains & daily rainbows (often double rainbows)! It was hard for me to leave my "perch". My girls loved all of the special touches, and my husband loved all of the extras (beach chairs, snorkel gear, coolers, umbrella, towels etc). Nothing in this villa has been overlooked! We will definitely be back!!!!!! Thank you Donna for sharing your home with us!"Guest: Lynn A. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 29, 2014View listing
Kauai Travel Tips
Hawaii’s oldest island, Kauai, offers lush tropics and natural wonders that are sure to provide the perfect backdrop for a beach getaway. Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the fourth-largest Hawaiian island and you’ll definitely be able to chill out and relax being surrounded by the laid-back atmosphere.
Kauai proves to be an idyllic location for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers and kayakers are certain to find plenty of space to enjoy their hobbies throughout their vacation. Kauai delivers national parks, green rainforests, winding rivers and cascading waterfalls, and with so many spots to explore, there’s certain to be new adventures around every corner.
Outdoor Things to Do in Kauai
Waimea Canyon State Park: Waimea Canyon is considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Situated on the western side of Kauai, Waimea is Hawaiian for reddish water and refers to the erosion from the canyon’s red soil. The state park is a popular destination for visitors and is an ideal spot for getting in touch with nature. There are plenty of hiking trails for all levels of expertise, providing the perfect opportunity for a little exercise during your vacation. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Kalalau Trail: For experienced thrill seekers, the Kalalau Trail is the obvious next step. This challenging trail runs approximately 11 miles along Kauai’s north shore from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Valley. Plan to spend the day making the round-trip 22-mile hike. The most daring part of the trail occurs around Hanakoa. The “crawler’s ledge” lays around the 7-mile mark, and as long as you don’t have a fear of heights, it’ll be quite exciting.
Polihale State Park: Polihale State Park features a remote beach on the western side of the island. The area around Queen’s Pond is perfect for swimming. The park also provides visitors with cold running water, flush toilets, semi-private showers and pavilions, making it a comfortable place to spend a day.
Hanalei Beach: This 2-mile, half-moon shaped bay boasts stunning white, sandy beaches and amazing mountain peaks, creating a beautiful backdrop in a relaxing location. Both locals and visitors alike love spending time at Hanalei Beach, and it’s home to many world champion surfers and athletes. The beach is the top place to enjoy all things water-related like swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing and bodyboarding to name a new.
Princeville Botanical Gardens: Spending time at this tropical garden paradise on the north shore of Kauai will surely take your breath away. The Princeville Botanical Gardens is family owned and operated, covering 8 acres with dramatic landscaping. Private tours of the gardens are available. The family also grows cacao and processes their own homemade gourmet dark chocolate. During each tour there is a chocolate tasting as well as a lesson on how on its made. Also on the tour you’ll learn ethno-botanical and medicinal uses for plants, hear about the garden’s history and explore the garden’s varieties.
Indoor Things to Do in Kauai
Kauai Museum: At Kauai Museum, you’ll find many different activities going on each day as well as stunning galleries that can be explored on your own or through a docent tour. The museum celebrates the history and cultural heritages of the island’s indigenous people. At the museum, you can discover an exciting history lesson about Kauai’s past and how it’s developed into the one-of-a-kind isle today. The collections and educational programs bring the stories to life and are sure to be a fascinating part of your trip.
Galerie 103: Art lovers won’t want to miss out on a trip to Galerie 103, where there’s an interesting mix of national and international artists’ work displayed. Contemporary and modern pieces reflecting the island’s environment can be seen here, and Galerie 103 strives to push boundaries. All mediums are displayed at the gallery, and should invoke some lively discussion as you wander through and explore the space.
Waioli Mission House: Both history buffs and those interested in the island are sure to enjoy a trip to Waioli Mission House, where you can learn about 19th century education, 20th century restoration and 21st century preservation. Travel back in time to the 1800s in the home of early Christian missionaries, Abner and Lucy Wilcox. The house is a Hanalei Town landmark, was restored in 1921 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.