Recent Kauai reviews
"Wonderful condo! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this unit. The location is amazing - beautiful landscaping, a 5 minute walk to the Kiahuna Plantation beach (with an activity center where you can get free chairs and towels and can rent other equipment), a 5 minute walk to a lovely pool across the street (our son loved the waterfalls and waterslide!), a 5 minute walk to several good restaurants and a market, and a 10 minute walk to the public beach with a lagoon and playground for little kids. The condo is also lovely and well cared for with a lovely cross breeze that keeps everything cool in the heat of the day. At 1/3 the price of the neighboring resorts, who could ask for anything more?"Guest: Courtney A. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 25, 2014View listing
"Our family of 3 stayed at this unit for 8 days. Very spacious, great to have 2 baths with a teenage girl! Condo and Kitchen are very well stocked, even a teapot for non-coffee drinkers. Loved the ocean view, birds, chickens, flowers, sunsets right out the back door. Quiet and close to many beautiful beaches, hiking, golf, shopping. Nice pool with waterfall and 2 hot tubs. Concierge to help with activity planning. Great unit/great location - Hope to come back again during whale season!"Guest: Cheri Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014View listing
"Our stay was very good. The view was the best. the baby chick families were fun to watch.. they had a daily location routine. Good kitchen with all that is needed to prepare food. We could do without the leaf blower noise, too often. We vacation to get away from those neighborhood noises for quiet. Would recommend to all."Guest: NoCA Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014View listing
"Our family of 6 so enjoyed our stay, will point out somethings, there is a long driveway that leads up to the home so if you have things to bring in its so easy. Plenty of room for people to park. If some people sleep in the lovely screened in porch is great for early birds to enjoy the backyard and bird watching, especially for young ones There is a TV room that is off to one side if you wish to watch without disturbing others. Things we didn't expect...so many towels, beach towels, dish towels, face cloths, beautiful flowers, homey you can put your clothes on hangers in each room, plenty of storage.Tuck your suitcases away and its like your home away from home. It has such a warm feel. all quality things you might put in your own home.A binder with things and places you might enjoy, every one that was recommended was great. You must try Duke's for a meal if not, the Hula Pie is great. Could go on and on we stayed 10 wonderful days, had such a great time loved coming home where we could all be together or not."Guest: Jay Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 30, 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.