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LSUregit
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Kauai recommendations?
Family is heading to Kauai for a week in a couple of days. Will be staying at Marriott Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu.

Any must do, can't miss or places to eat?


Hankg
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re: Kauai recommendations?
Only been once a couple of years ago so no expert. Going back in July because we liked it so much. We drove the Waimai canyon and really liked it. Nepali coast is incredible. Took doors off helicopter tour and liked it once I became comfortable with the ride. We stayed on North shore so most of our time was there. Tunnels beach is awesome for snorkeling. Hanalei is great laid back town. I loved the burger place there. Hawaii snowballs are called shave ice. They are huge but not very sweet. We did Smith’s Luau. It was ok. Kinda hokie and lots of people. Look at Kaua’i TripAdvisor forum for lots of good info. Kaua’i is pretty awesome. Y’all have fun!


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La²
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My wife really liked Poipu beach for our little one. Rocks break the waves so the water is calm. Pretty sure Poipu beach is also where we saw a monk seal & a sea turtle so that was pretty exciting. We ate at Olympic grill that evening after we left the beach. Wasn’t too pricey & the food was good. It’s in a shopping center area with lots of stores/shops so you can walk around afterwards. This was almost 2 years ago so things may have changed a bit.

We stayed in Waimea & I enjoyed it there. Laid back & very quiet. Little bit of a haul to get to the north side of the island though. There is a food truck in Waimea at the base of the road for Waimea Canyon named Porky’s that was excellent. The ride up to the top of the canyon isn’t bad & we stopped quite a few times to snap pics. We did Smith’s luau as well & liked it. Did a lot of exploring & stumbled across a few different waterfalls & some very beautiful beaches. My favorite of the islands.


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LSU Tigershark
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re: Kauai recommendations?
Rent a car/SUV and drive around and explore. See the Waimea Canyon, get some shave ice, go see Hanalei, see Queen's Bath. The Beach House is a nice restaurant for 1 night that is near where you're staying. If you're adventurous, jump off the cliff into the water at Shipwreck Beach


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AFtigerFan
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Following since we’ll be staying at the Marriot’s Kaua’i Beach Club in April. We booked the luau on propertybut haven’t really looked at anything else yet.


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LSU Tigershark
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It's whale season too, so you might see some humpbacks breaching


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MusclesofBrussels
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We went to Kauai last year. The highlights of our trip were a rafting tour through Capt Andy's and Polihale Beach for sunset. LsuPimp suggested the rafting tour, and it was great. We saw dolphins so close we could almost touch them, sea turtles, and just had a great time overall. Our Capt Andy's guide suggested Polihale for sunset and that was great too. We had the entire beach to ourselves, and the night sky was amazing due to how far removed you are from even any lights. Porky's is also a great suggestion, awesome food truck.


LSU Tigershark
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Some of the charters won't run like that in the winter because of rough seas. I definitely want to do the power rafting in the future. Our next trip to Hawaii will probably be the big island though


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metallica81788
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I’m there right now at the Hyatt.

Tide pools is a nice but expensive restaurant there. Will check back in a few days once I’ve done more stuff, first few days have been chilling. Plan to do helicopter tomorrow and Waimea then north shore in next few days.


Hankg
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re: Kauai recommendations?
Is renting a cabana at Hyatt worth it? Happen to know how much they cost for a day? Are they done redoing salt water lagoon? Thx


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metallica81788
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They are between $100-200 so I personally don’t think so. The only ones I would even consider are the ones between the saltwater lagoon and the ocean since those are the best views. The lagoon is functional.


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skeeter531
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Kauai Mountain Tubing Adventure (easy/gentle on old sugar plantation) was very enjoyable. Agree that the smith luau is just 'ok'. Driving up to Waimea Canyon (I was in passenger seat) scared the daylights out of me.
Our favorite breakfast spot was a local dive called the Tip Top Restaurant --the banana macadamia nut pancakes were great!


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whg335
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Captain Dave's Napali Coastline Adventure
One of the best things we did on our Hawaiian trip.
Not the sunset cruise. This was a daytime trip on a smaller boat. Not only did we see the Napali Coast up close and personal, we also went into some caves, did some snorkeling and visited a Hawaiian burial ground area. It's a pretty rough ride so if you are not in physically good shape, I wouldn't suggest it. Also, not safe for very small kids.
Kyler and Baylee were our guides - They were awesome. Very friendly. Talked and joked a lot with us and showed interest in our family and backgrouds while also sharing theirs.


metallica81788
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re: Kauai recommendations?
Go on a helicopter tour - easily the coolest thing we did. The views are unbelievable.

Hopefully the weather cooperates more during your stay. Our first 2.5 days were washed out and we couldn’t do or see much. Had to reschedule the helicopter tour but it was worth it.


whg335
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re: Kauai recommendations?
So much of what you can do and see can be done on your own. Rent a car and save the money you would pay for a guide.
This post was edited on 2/9 at 12:19 pm


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Ghost of Colby
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re: Kauai recommendations?
quote:

Go on a helicopter tour - easily the coolest thing we did. The views are unbelievable.


Dick Leverage
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re: Kauai recommendations?
This time of year the charter companies do the whale viewing trips. Na Pali Coasts charters start up in May. Been there 5 times and was there this summer for 16 days. I would recommend doing a Wailua river kayak/hike trip to Secret Falls this time of year. Since you are down on the South side, you have to drive up Waimea Canyon road to the visitor center and lookout vistas.

Tunnels Beach on North side is the best beach entry snorkeling to be found almost anywhere but it can get a little more choppy this time of year. If you go a few hours before high tide and float patiently, you will run into and be able to swim with sea turtles as they feed. We swam alongside so many it actually got old after a few days. Starting looking for eels and stuff.

Hanalei is very fun little town with amazing views inland to the mountains. Sit outside at Hanalei Dolphin restaurant and gaze at the waterfalls streaming down to mountains. Best lunch though is at Hanalei Cafe. The shave ice stand right outside Hanalei Cafe is the best I have found on Kauai. They go heavy on the syrup.

Only so much you can do over a short stay but these are just some recommendation for this type of short stay.


TejasHorn
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Where is the best area to stay in Kauai if we're looking to do the Captain Dave's tour, heli rides, etc? We only have 3 days there.

I love the reviews of the Hanalei/North coast but don't want to drive back and forth for the tours (our main objective).


metallica81788
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re: Kauai recommendations?
You could stay in Poipu - it's about 30 minutes from the airport (helicopter) and IIRC it's not more than 30 minutes from Port Allen where most of the boat tours leave from. North Coast is beautiful but a pain to drive to especially the further you get past Hanalei - I would only stay there if I didn't want to go around anywhere else.

Random aside - restaurant I ate my last day was Jo2 in Kapaa. Beat Tidepools by miles and it was cheaper. It's in a little stripmall on the main highway in Kapaa so it was a big drive but worth it.
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Globetrotter747
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I think getting a good look at the Napali Coast (however you choose to do it) should be your #1 priority.


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