“The Garden Isle” – The Kauai Travel Guide
Kauai is my favourite Hawaiian island. It has fewer tourists, is less populated and has a charm that is not found in the other islands. The Big Island is still touted as the best for scuba diving but for overall nature, geography, food and culture – they don’t come close to touching the garden isle.
Here are some quick tips on where to stay.
North – Hanalei
Does get more rain but it is the gateway to the Na Pali coast. It is lush and houses some of the nicest beaches and beach house rentals on the island. Its rustic location provides a nice balance of amenities and culture and the views are absent of the usual strips of time-share condos.
East – Kapa’a
Lots of great little shops, great food with a tolerable mix of culture and tourist traps. It is generally one of the more economical places to stay on the island to stay. Best coffee and wraps on the island.
South – Poipu & Koloa
Poipu is where most of the super resorts are located on the island. There are a number of breathtaking beaches and manicured hotels. Definitely worth visiting the Maha’Ulepu Trail grabbing a drink at the Grand Hyatt afterwards. It is generally the area of the island that has the most sun, but beaches can have very strong crash waves (Poipu – literally means crashing waves in Hawaiian)
West – Hanapepe, Waimea, Port Allen
The climate out west gets arid and hot. There are many economical places to stay out west. It feels remote, but you can find many locals like to try the chances of catching Ahi Tuna as the sunsets into the background of this beautiful garden isle. It is the gateway to Waimea Canyon and also the site of the famous Hanapepe Art Night.