Recent Kauai reviews
"So we actually rented this condo, the other 2bdrm next door and a third downstairs. This was aacation for our whole family. Our kids and grand kids stayed upstairs and we opted for a little space between them at night (grandparents). We all had dinner together upstairs every night except for luau night. There was plenty of room for the kids and great views for all of us. Fantastic snorkeling across the street. Everyone had a great time. Our kids loved it so much they reserved it again for next year. They preferred this to Sandals in Jamaica. Very relaxing and family friendly. Nice park next door that no one uses. Kids had fun exploring. Our grand kids ages were 15,13,11,4,4,and 3. They all loved it."Guest: Travelsgt Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014View listing
"House is spacious & well-equiped & stocked. The garage has bicycles & helmets for every age, boogie boards, snorkels, beach towels, reef walker shoes, coolers, etc. all very well organized & ready to go. Unfortunately, we went during what is still considered winter, so we had rainy, blustery weather & did not get to take advantage of the "waterfall" swimming pool, hot tub or get to explore the farm. Even though we didn't get to walk about the farm, we had a wonderful basket of fresh fruits & a box of chocolate macadamia nuts waiting for us. Lots of room to run around in the yard for the children (7 & 4 yr. olds). Off the beaten path, very quiet, but not hard to find & is in a central location. Dejon was very helpful, quick to respond & checked up on us to make sure we didn't get rained out. The house was very welcoming & we loved having Sparkle (farm cat) greet us every time we returned to the home & in the morning. Definitely would (& have) recommend this house to family/friends & would stay here again."Guest: Menpachi Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 21, 2014View listing
"We rented this condo for a three brothers retreat. We never wanted to leave. The view is stunning, great little beach, terrific pool next to beach. Very quite, did I say we never wanted to leave? We will rent again."Guest: Gary W. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 22, 2014View listing
"Rating Details: I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was happy with the location. The vacation rental was very clean. The property manager was more than helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: While the outside of the complex looks a bit dated, this unit has been fully updated with new kitchen and floors. We arrived late at night, but the unit was easy to find. The little pizza place in the complex was also great. We walked down to the St Regis and used the beach there. There is also a small private beach, which was pretty rocky and not ideal for swimming just for residents of the complex. This is a bottom unit and the walls are very thin, we could hear everything from the upstairs unit. If there is no one upstairs, the area is nice and quiet. There is no AC but there are strong fans in each room that worked pretty well. There is a washer and dryer in the unit which was great for towels,and the closet was full of boogie boards, snorkel and beach stuff. We went to the market at the Princeville shopping center that is only 5 mins away. There was also a great ice cream shop Lapperts in the same center."Guest: Jaclyn Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 11, 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.