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Planning your Kauai Hawaii Vacation

Where to Go

During your Kauai Hawaii vacation, Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s North Shore is a popular destination for swimmers and surfers. Especially during summer months, the waves here are usually calm and gentle. Stroll along the iconic Hanalei Pier and explore the shops and restaurants in quaint Hanalei Town. The South Shore’s Poipu Beach is a popular destination for families, with its rock barrier-protected swimming area perfect for small children. The reef at Poipu also makes it a superb snorkeling destination, offering views of green sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish. Kauai’s dry, windswept West Coast offers miles of solitude at Poli Hale Beach. While the high surf and strong currents make this an unsafe swimming beach, this is the best spot on the island to catch an unforgettable sunset. Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park offer amazing views of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and the jaw-dropping Na Pali coast. The road up to Kokee offers many pull-off points to stop and admire the views. There are also a plethora of hiking trails in both of these state parks at a variety of experience levels.

What to Do

Enjoy a Hawaiian cultural experience at Smith’s Garden Luau in Kapaa, offering hula dancing and an authentic Hawaiian feast during your trip to Kauai. Pick up the pace with an adrenaline-rushing zipline ride over lush green valleys at speeds reaching up to 50mph. Slow the pace with a tube ride down a former sugar plantation irrigation system. Admire the 4,000 foot flutes of the Na Pali cliffs dropping vertically into the ocean below. Inaccessible by road, the famed Na Pali coastline is best viewed by water on a boat tour or by helicopter from above. Or, set all of the activities aside and do nothing but relax and soak up the sunshine. Kauai’s exquisite beaches and luxurious spas provide the perfect locale to unwind.

What to Bring

With temperatures in the 70s year round, warm weather clothing tops the packing list for your Kauai Hawaii vacation. Be sure to bring a jacket for when temperatures dip into the 50s and 60s in the evenings. Many travelers underestimate the sun’s intensity and end up acquiring a sunburn early in their stay. Use a high SPF sunscreen to ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy Kauai’s beautiful outdoors throughout your vacation. If you plan to do any nature walking and hiking, insect spray is a must, along with sturdy shoes and a backpack for carrying water and snacks for any lengthy trails.

Contact Us

We have nearly 30 vacation rentals properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Many of our rentals offer full kitchens, resort-like swimming pools, spacious lanais, and ocean or mountain views. Please contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected] to book your trip to Kauai and to learn about local activities.