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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Family Travelers
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 75%Luxury Travelers
- 75%Local Culture
- 66%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (85)
- KauaiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2Dec 09, 2013
I would recommend Kauai. Small enough to see most of it in a week or so, large enough to have some variety. Choice of accommodation, from pricey to budget and a lot of nice beaches for the family. Beautiful gardens, lots of hikes, boat rides to the Na Pali coast, whale watching, snorkeling, No big city life here but good shopping and restaurants as well. You should check it out.Recommended for:
- KauaiMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudents+ 1Nov 27, 2013
If it's your first time visiting Hawaii, it's hard to go too far wrong on Kauai. The island's smaller size and more rural scene make it a less hurried and built-up travel destination in the Hawaiian Islands. Hike or kayak along the Na Pali Coast, peer over into the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, surf at Hanalei Bay and explore small towns on the South Shore, North Shore and Coconut Coast. If you're looking for that lush jungle scenery that you've seen in The Descendants or other Hollywood movies like Jurassic Park, Kauai may be the island for you.Recommended for:
- KauaiMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Kauai is that mystical place that Peter, Paul and Mary sang about in their hit 'Puff the Magic Dragon.' Only thing is they called it 'A land called Hanalei...' Hanalei, believe it or not, is actually a real place and it is really gorgeous. Small wonder they filmed 'South Pacific' and 'Jurassic Park' there. The Napali Coast and the Waimea Canyon are hikers delights - primeval beauty, raw nature. Surfers will be stoked at Tunnels. Beachcombers will be combing forever on the sugary sand and everyone else will be walking about with their mouth's agape at mother nature's finest hour - Kauai.Recommended for:
- KauaiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Sep 17, 2013
This beautiful island truly a slice of paradise. There is so much to do here from the minute the wild roosters wake you up until the sun finally sets over the pristine ocean.Recommended for:
- KauaiCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 10, 2013
Kauai is beautiful. It's very slow paced with lots of small towns. Napali Coast is breath-taking, with jagged-edge mountain ranges, and if it rains heavily, so many natural waterfalls coming down. There are so many fun beaches to camp on, lots of trails and hikes, and full of adventure for anyone.Recommended for:
- KauaiMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersAug 06, 2013
A playground for nature enthusiasts, laid-back Kauai is covered with verdant mountainous landscapes, plunging waterfalls, scenic hiking trails (layered along the dramatic Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon), and more than 60 beaches. The South Shore’s Poipu Beach or Princeville’s Hanalei Bay beach will put you in instant vacation mode—especially if you have a mai tai in hand.
Where to Stay: Poipu’s Koa Kea Hotel & Resort provides a more intimate escape than nearby mega-resorts, while St. Regis Princeville is carved into a cliff with an 11,000-square-foot spa and 5,000-square-foot infinity pool.
- KauaiJun 21, 2013
if you go to Kauai - here are my favorite spots:
If you have a chance – try to stay in the North – Princeville resort is the best.
This book is the only travel guide you will need: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Kauai-Guidebook-Revealed/dp/0981461018/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265069889&sr=8-1 <http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Kauai-Guidebook-Revealed/dp/0981461018/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265069889&sr=8-1>
Be sure to check out Allerton Gardens – it’s really unbelievable – that’s where parts of the Jurassic Park were shot.
If you are literary buff – check out Mark Twain’s travel writing on Kauai before your trip – it’s something else and will give you a different background on the island.
Some of the best local places - none of these are too fancy, but the food is great. Most of these are on the Eastern side of the island in Kapaa. Since the island is kind of small, you can pretty much get from one place to the next fairly quickly. With that in mind, here are a few names:
A great coffee place==> JAVA KAI, Hanalei (North Shore) Tel. (808) 826-6717
A really fresh sushi place ==> Kintaro Japanese Restaurant, Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa/Lihue area (right on the main road) Tel. (808) 822-3341
A fresh fish place ==> The Fish Express, located in Lihue (right across from Wal Mart) Tel. 808 245-9918
(their main business is fish wholesaling/retailing, but they also prepare a lot of things for take out right in the shop; it's one of the locals' favorite place.) – THIS IS A MUST IF YOU LIKE FISH –(especially sashimi)
A vegan place ==> Blossoming Lotus, Kuhio Highway, Kapaa Tel. (808) 822-7678 (it's kind of fun to see the variety of dishes that these guys put together; the only non-vegan item they have is honey; it's kind of fun to see this whole other world and appreciate their perspective on things.)
A fun wraps place ==> Mermaids Café, Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Tel. (808) 821 2026 (wraps are a lighter version of burritos; these guys have quite a few fresh combinations; the ahi-tuna wraps are their specialty)
A fun fancy (somewhat) place ==> Roy's, Poipu Shopping Village (South shore) Tel. (808) 742-5000.
Hope this gives you a few options in addition to the other places you will come across.
Have a great trip.
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