Recent Kauai property reviews
"We have been to Poipu over 10 times, and this condo and location were the best yet! We stayed in the 2 bedroom unit, which had two lanais and ample space. The kitchen was amazing and had everything we needed to cook. The grill was right across from our unit. It was very clean, quiet and comfortable. We are coming back in May and staying in the same complex. Buildings G and H look like the newer phase of Regency at Poipu Kai, which inside, looked brand new to us. The Villas at Poipu Kai surround the pool which this unit uses. It is a short walk down to Brennecke's beach which is the best for body surfing, and next to Poipu beach which has great snorkeling."Guest: stacey Date of Stay: September 2010 Review Submitted: September 9, 2010View listing
"My husband and I brought our two sons, ages 7 and 10, to this charming slice of heaven. Baby Beach was steps away from the front door and was perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and body boarding-- all beach equipment provided by the owner. The bungalow is adorably decorated and is stocked with everything you need for a beach getaway to Kauai. Just grab your suit and flip flops, and you are ready. We would stay here again in a heartbeat."Guest: Erin R. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014View listing
"We just spent 1o days at this lovely home with our family. I would recommend this home to anyone traveling with family. It is so well laid out and so well taken care of. Yes, you hear traffic noise when you are out on the lanai, but the beautiful view and the peaceful ambiance quickly drown out the noise. The home has air conditioning so at night when you sleep, the sliders are closed and you never hear the traffic. Being on the west side, you have to commute to see a lot if the island but well worth the drive. The owners deliver everything they promise and more!"Guest: Carroll Family Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 28, 2014View listing
"Our extended family recently stayed at the Rainbows and Waterfalls Beach House in Hanalei. Susan's attention to detail was extraordinary. The house was equipped with everything from surf boards to sand toys, bicycles for every age, hot tub, ping pong table, kids art table and pool table. In addition, there was plenty of dishes, cooking utensils and condiments, as well as soap, shampoo, etc. Fresh flowers adorned the house which was immaculate, and the yard was lovely. The beach and town were both within walking distance. Our ages ranged 66 to 1.5 and there was something special for all of us. Our family has a big reunion every couple of years and everyone agreed that this was one of the best locations ever."Guest: Kathleen B. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 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.