Recent Kauai reviews
"Rating Details: I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was somewhat dirty. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We had a lovely time at the Hanalei Bay Villa #2. It was apparent that there had been nobody staying there for some time. The place needs a much more thorough cleaning .. looks like it was treated for bugs and many still laying on floor countertops, tabletops, etc. Understand we were in a tropical environment, but a once thru cleaning right before new guests would have been appropriate. That is my only complaint. It is a lovely furnished home and very comfortable. The location was awesome for they type of enjoyment we were looking for!"Guest: A guest from Lyons, CO Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 14, 2014View listing
"My husband, my 1-year-old and myself stayed in Rick's hale for just over a week. We stayed in his larger accommodation, the one on the bottom floor, it fit us well, with my son sleeping on the couch. Rick was a great host, he was thoughtful, accommodating, incredibly knowledgable about the island and super quick to respond to my requests. The neighbourhood is beautiful and quiet. The property is gorgeous, all of the plants around you truly give you the feeling that you're in the jungle of Kauai--a magical place to be. The location is great too, far enough away from the highway, but close enough that restaurants, shopping and a beautiful beach are just a 10 minute drive away. It was a great location with a view of the mountains and waterfalls. The hale is clean, well-appointed and full of amenities. The bed is extremely comfortable and the kitchen had more than everything we needed. The satellite TV also came in handy, since we were rained in some afternoons and mornings. We will definitely check Rick's hale first when we come back to Kauai... There's no way we can stay away from Kauai."Guest: Cynthia K. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 2014View listing
"This property is so impeccably well-kept. It included everything one would want or need in the kitchen. These owners go way above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and even included extra necessities such as shampoo, hand soap and more! We can't wait to come back. Thank you!!"Guest: Stacey M. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 27, 2014View listing
"This place is amazing! Totally loved it!! Super cute cottage that is very private, with a gorgeous distant view of the ocean, and surrounding foliage to make it feel like your own private escape. Huge windows are a great way to feet connected with nature. Kitchen has all the amenities you need. Super cute inner decor. The bed was the best and most comfortable one we had during our whole stay (we had stayed at 3 different places prior to arriving here). (My husband and I are both very tall and so a king-size bed is a must, but this one was so comfortable as well!) The host is wonderful, and invited us to walk the grounds, which include a beautiful garden and pond area. They also offer massage in a very cool bamboo hut in the jungle/garden area. My only regret is that we didn't find it sooner, or else I would have enjoyed staying here our entire time. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone."Guest: Krys Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 28, 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.