Hawaii Week: Kauai

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. Erosion has carved cliffs and canyons and time has etched more coastlines on Kauai than any other island. The rain Kauai gets makes it greener than the other islands but it also drives away the heavy crowds you’re likely to find on other islands. Kauai is a great place to visit if you like the outdoors or doing absolutely nothing. The beaches and the landscape give you a chance to do both.

Eat

Kaua'i: Kalalau Trail and the North.

Kilauea Fish Market, by _e.t on flickr

Kilauea Fish Market: Fresh and local, the Kilauea Fish Market has simple wholesome dishes with plenty of flavor. The fish tacos and ahi wrap are favorites and you can drink straight from a coconut to cleanse your palette. Check out TheGardenIsland’s review of the fish market to make your stomach rumble.

Plantation Gardens Restaurant: The food at Plantation Gardens is based on the traditional Hawaiian menu. The cocktails here are made with fresh squeezed juices, you’ll find ahi tuna on the menu, and the daily specials feature fresh fish. Consider this location if you’re looking for a fancy dinner and you can make a reservation with OpenTable.

Stay

Think about what type of vacation you want to take. If you’re looking for a beach filled vacation, consider staying on the Coconut Coast, near Lihue and Kalapaki, or by the South Shore. If you want to be more adventurous, consider staying on the North Shore or on the West Side. This will cut back on the amount of driving you’ll be doing.

Hanalei Surfboard House: The Hanalei Surfboard House is located on the north shore of the island. The property has several rental units with themed decor. This is a B&B style stay so you’ll interact with your host Simon and he’ll provide for your needs with a welcome basket and fully stocked rooms. Space is very limited here so plan ahead!

Dilly Dally House: The Dilly Dally House is located on the east side of the island in Kapaa. This is another B&B with 5 rooms, each with private lanais. On the property you’ll find a heated pool and waterfall. Breakfasts here feature local foods like grapefruit, starfruit and papayas. The prize of this resort is its view, with Mt.Waialeale, Nou Nou Mountain and Makalea Falls all visible.

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai by rharrison on Flickr

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa: If you’re looking for a real resort, the Grand Hyatt Kauai will fit your needs. It’s located right along the South Beach and there are pools, bars, and restaurants right on site. You’ll also want to try out the spa if you’re really into luxury.

Vacation Rentals by Owner: If you want a larger space or want to choose your location and amenities, consider renting with VRBO. Check out this amazing property if you want an idea of the kind of space you can rent.

Play

Na Pali Coast tour

Na Pali Coast by jdegenhardt on Flickr

Na Pali Coast: Ne Pali Coast has been made famous on TV and in movies for its steep cliffs and deep caves. While you can drive to the top of some of the cliffs and hike around, you’ll enjoy viewing this area from a helicopter or a boat.

Lumahai Beach: It takes a little bit of work and a short hike to get to Lumahai Beach but you’ll be rewarded for your effort. Not only will you find a very secluded beach, you’ll also have the chance to explore caves and walk along lava rock. If you’re very adventurous, climb to the top of some of the cliffs and dive into the water below.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon by Apidya on Flickr

Waimea Canyon State Park: Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a mile wide and 10 miles long. Many people camp here but you can drive up and view it from the top spots: Waimea Canyon Lookout and Kalalau Lookout. Make sure you go in the morning to avoid a fogged up view.

South Shore: The South Shore has several different beaches with many activities for all. For historians you can find petroglyphs at Maha’ulepu Beach while divers can have fun at Shipwreck Beach.

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