Recent Kauai property reviews
"We stayed in this condo in May and the Garlands were wonderful hosts. They were very communicative about the rental, and replied quickly to my questions that I had while we were staying there. The living area was very spacious, the bedrooms a good size, and we found the 2 bed condo to be a lot roomier than the 1 bed condo we stayed in at Kiahuna previously. I would note that the description and photos of the ocean view are exactly as described - the balcony overlooks a grassy area and a (small) parking lot for another resort. As others said the parking lot was not noisy and not a problem at all, just be aware that it is there. Kiahuna Plantation itself is great place to stay. This is our 2nd stay and we enjoy it a lot. The pool was upgraded since we were last there and the improvements are nice. Poipu is a lot sunnier than the rest of the island, great beach weather."Guest: Cortney Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 9, 2014View listing
"This two bedroom condo is a gem. Watching whales breaching while sitting on the lanai drinking a coffee made for a great morning. We stayed with another couple so having a bathroom off each bedroom was great. Great location with easy access to both North and South shores and within walking distance to several restaurants and shops. The hottub was very welcoming after a long day of hiking. A couple of grocery stores down the road so we made good use of both the kitchen as well as the BBQ's on site. Thank you for a lovely holiday"Guest: yohanne Date of Stay: January 2013 Review Submitted: February 25, 2013View listing
"The two bed room condo was immaculate and very well equipped. Looks just like the photos! Enjoyed our coffee on the lanai each morning. Privacy ensured with greenery between each unit's lanai's. Loved facing the water and sunset in perfect view every night. Just everything one would need including comfortable beds. Quiet residential-like location but numerous beaches in easy walking distance. Patricia very attentive and always available to any possible need. Would definately stay here again!"Guest: Janice M. Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: January 3, 2014View listing
"To start at the beginning, communication with Glenn was great. Every time I had a question before and after I booked the property, he was prompt in getting back to me. Often, it was within the hour. Once we actually arrived, Amit met us to give us a tour of the house and grounds. He would then text each day to make sure all was going well. The personal service was very helpful and welcoming. The house was better than I had hoped for. The size was great, but more importantly, the furnishings were very nice and comfortable at the same time. We spent many hours at the large table on the balcony eating and visiting. With the windows open and the ceiling fans , we were able to enjoy the fresh air and trade winds. So much better than a/c.. The kitchen was open to the living and dining area and was over the top equipped for all our culinary needs. In fact, during our twelve day stay we ate out only twice because it was much more relaxing to grill on the balcony, then eat and visit in "our own" home. The pool was the best I've ever been in. The surface was great and the way it slanted all around made it very comfortable. Our 6 month old grandson enjoyed floating around while touching with his feet in this shallow end. The yard was beautiful with all the fruit trees. We were able to enjoy the lychee which were still in season. My Mom used the elliptical each morning and many of us hiked the trail each day. The privacy was amazing and the short drive to the beaches was not a problem at all. With the garage stocked with every piece of beach equipment imaginable, we saved a fortune. With a group of ten family members spanning four generations from six months to 75 years, this was the perfect home and setting for an unforgettable family vacation."Guest: Terri T. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 10, 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.