It is hard to describe Kauai with words, but I will try. It is the least touristy, most hippie, happy, peaceful, beautiful, enthralling, unique, relaxed island we went to. I have to warn you, the roosters here aren’t like normal roosters. They crow whenever, wherever. I almost cried when I heard a rooster while waiting for our rental car in Maui, but that’s another story…
This island sleeps at 09:00 P.M. so don’t expect a nightlife here. However, there is so much to do and see that you will appreciate relaxing nights hanging out with your new friends at the hostel.
Transportation to and from the airport: on this island, you have to call Speedishuttle to book a pick up time, we did not know this so we had to take a taxi, but I definitely recommend calling before your flight day and booking a time with them. Either that or you can rent a car from the airport.
- Kalalau Trail: this 11 mile hike (one way) is a “must do” when you are in Kauai. I will write a blog post about this hike and what you need to do to prepare (coming soon!). You may choose to either hike or kayak along the Na Pali coast.
- Waimea Canyon (for sunrise or sunset), drive to the Waimea Canyon lookout, then continue to the Kalalau Lookout. There are many hikes with beautiful lookouts that begin in this area.
- Kayak the Wailua River and then hike to Uluwehi Falls (secret falls): keep right until you see a bunch of parked kayaks and hike to the waterfall.
- Wander Kapa’a: filled with unique, vintage, hippie shops
- Queen’s Bath: do not go too far out as waves have been known to kill people by dragging them into the ocean.
- Hanalei Valley Lookout.
- Hanalei Bay
- Hideaways beach
- Tunnels beach
- Ke’e Beach
- Po’ipu Beach Park
- Hideaways Beach
- Tunnels beach
- Kapa’a Beach park
- Scuba diving: we were told (I do not remember the scientific reason) the diving on this island is not the best.
- Bubba burger
- Art Café Hemingway (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
- Happy Taco (food truck in Kapa’a).
- The Coconut Cup Juice Bar and Cafe: across the street from Art Café Hemingway. They sell the most delicious, fresh and healthy wraps, salads, juices, smoothies, coconut latte etc. You must try the wrap with pineapple and avocado called The Pineapple Express.
- Farmers markets.
- Quite non-existent
- Honuea Hostel in Kapa’a: honestly, this hostel is the best out of the two hostels in Kapa’a. A girl came to our hostel because the other one was so bad. There is a strict 10 P.M. curfew, and the staff are…well you will see.
- Bring a lock for your locker at the hostel because they do not have keys for the doors.
- Bring bug spray, this island has mosquitoes.
- To see Hawaiian Monk seals, they lay on the beach at Kapa’a Beach Park. As well, we are not sure if this is common, but we saw tiger sharks swimming around a canal under the bridge in the same park.