Aloha! You’ve probably seen I’ve been in Hawaii for the past week. Well, I’m finally home and sitting down to write a post on my wonderful experience. This was the trip of a lifetime, and I’m so grateful I was given an opportunity to visit Kauai for work, visiting a new hotel we are working with on the island.
While on my trip to Kauai, I explored and saw several areas. I stayed on the east side of the island in Kapa’a, and loved it’s central location; only being 10 minutes from the airport, and a great resting spot and halfway point to other great areas. The beautiful Wailua Falls is only a short 20 minute ride from Kapa’a, and The Sleeping Giant (a beautiful jungle hike) is about 15 minutes. The Northern region takes the cake for beautiful beaches and cliffy coastal views with upscale resort properties, while the Southern region had gorgeous beaches with easy access to Kauai’s famous coffee plantation. The island wouldn’t be what it is without the Western region, known for the Waimea State Park which has breathtaking views.
I hope this post helps navigate the areas of the island as they differ from one another; all are unique but each bring something special to the beautiful island of Kauai.
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- Eating: In my opinion, the best food trucks on the island are in downtown Kapa’a. Fresh fish tacos are a must while you’re visiting Kauai, and I was super impressed with Kapa’a’s selection. From mahi mahi, ahi tuna, and fresh fruit bowls, you can’t go wrong with any and all of the trucks downtown. My favorite food trucks for fish tacos: Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, Al Pastor Tacos, & Paco’s Tacos.
- Must see: Wailua Falls (waterfall) and Sleeping Giant (hike)
- Coffee/Cafes: Java Kai Kauai has amazing coffee and lunch options. It was a daily morning spot while in Kapaa. Kauai Juice Co. has the most delicious and fresh juices. If you recycle your bottle, you get .50 off your next juice!
- Something sweet: the best organic frozen yogurt I’ve ever had was at The Spot! We even had to go back before our flight because it was that good!
- Drinks: Lava Lava Beach Club has beautiful views and delicious cocktails and brewskis.
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- Eating: Keoki’s Paradise is a tiki torch lit restaurant serving small plates and tropical drinks
- To Visit: Stop by the coffee plantation on your way down to Poipu and learn about the Kauai coffee that is locally made on the island at The Kauai Coffee Estate
- Coffee/Cafes: Little Fish Coffee Poipu had delicious coffee with super yummy & fresh acai bowls
- Best Yoga Class: Yoga on the Beach Kauai on Thursdays in Poipu with Ingrid
- Beaches: Shipwreck Beach, Poipu Beach Park (lifeguard on duty), Baby Beach
- Must visit: Na Pali Coast state park is beautiful at every angle with cliffy coastal views. The Queen’s Bath-hike about 15 minutes with mud past your ankles, but it was worth every step!
- Beautiful views: Ha’ena State Park
- To do: Walk up the Kilauea Lighthouse and soak up the beautiful sights of Princeville
- Beaches: Anini Beach, Lumaha’i Beach
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- Visit Waimea Canyon State Park, drive the ten mile winding road up to the canyon for breathtaking views of the island above the clouds!
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Hanalei (The North):
- Must see: Hanakapai’ai Falls- beautiful hike to a waterfall with swimming access
- To Do: Hike the 11 mile Kalalau Trail with ocean views and lush tropical landscapes
- Live like a local: visit the farmer’s market on Saturday for fresh juices, fruits & crafts
- Beaches: Hanalei Bay and Beaches are lifeguarded with views of mountain and jungle, absolutely stunning!
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Have you visited Kauai? Where was your favorite spot?