4 Nightis Kauai
Replies: 15 - Last Post: May 4, 2013 7:10 AM Last Post By: 55vineyard
May 1, 2013 2:02 AM
4 Nightis KauaiHello all! We are a young couple for Greece planning to visit Kauai for the first time on the 23-27/05. Since the flight was already too expensive we are looking for affordable Bed and Breakfast or private appartment options. Do you have any suggestions?
Any other suggestions for traditional delicancies or place to visit are welcome!
What we like: scenery routes, relaxing in romantic places, sunsets on the beach, good restaurants, wildlife, local traditions (and food), photography!
Thank you all in advance!
May 1, 2013 6:54 AM
May 1, 2013 8:03 AM
2Try this site for rental car if you do not have one booked already:
I've used them, last trip I got a nice car from Avis for a very good price.
North Shore would be good that time of year, Sealodge and the Cliffs condos in Princeville are not too expensive, otherwise I have seen units at Islander on the Beach (no kitchen) go for as little as $70 plus tax on VRBO. Beach is not swimmable there though.
May 1, 2013 2:18 PM
May 1, 2013 5:06 PM
4Aloha and thanks for your replies! Please forget the accommodation issue is solve! And yes we do have a car.
My question now is this:
We are looking for suggestions regarding: scenery routes, good restaurants, wildlife, local traditions local delicancies or place to visit!
Also which are the best beaches and areas? We are looking for culture and local life not karaokes and bingo!
Thank you all in advance!
May 1, 2013 11:22 PM
5Perhaps you should buy a guide book or contact a concierge. That'd answer all of your very broad questions.
Scenic routes: Any road is scenic. The drive up Waimea Canyon Road on a clear-ish day is probably the best of the bunch.
Beaches: Most on the north shore are pretty nice. Ke'e, Haena, Tunnels, Hideaways, Secret, etc. Kealia near Kapaa is good for boogie boarding / surfing. Polihale on the west side has great scenery. Shipwreck & Mahaulepu near Poipu are also very nice.
Restaurants: Tripadvisor & Urbanspoon have good coverage of the island as there are lots of choices, so check out the reviews there.
Wildlife: Roosters, everywhere.
May 2, 2013 3:43 AM
6Dear Tch7 I have use this forum many times and it provides different advice than tourist guides. More updated and more original, If you are willing to help me please do it without criticizing. All users I have found so far in this forum are friendly and willing to share their experiences without making board suggestions like "buy a tourist guide" thank you again for your help.
May 2, 2013 7:25 AM
7For something different, see if this interests you (note the dress code and donation is requested):
The previous poster gave you good suggestions, I've been to Kauai more than 10 times and I always spend one day driving to Waimea Canyon (drive north to Kokee State Park first, to visit the Kalalau Lookout as it gets cloudy mid to late morning).
Then another day to visit the Kileaua Lighthouse and North Shore beaches, stop for shopping and lunch in Hanalei. I like Hanalei Gourmet or the Dolphin. But plenty to choose from.
If your budget allows, a boat tour of the Na Pali coast is wonderful, I prefer the morning snorkel tour as seas are calmer, but they also have sunset cruises.
You are spending thousands to travel here, don't be so quick to pooh pooh guidebooks, you can at least check one out of your local library, keeping in mind that it will be outdated on stuff like prices, but the basic stuff to see will still be valid.
May 2, 2013 3:03 PM
8Thank you for your tips! Indeed, I already have 2 guide books, as I said I was looking for more insiders tips.
Which is considered the best Luau in Kauai?
Which is the best fish-food restaurant? (for example you just mentioned Dolphin)
Which is the most interesting plantation to visit?
Does the coco palms hotel tour worth going?
What about Jurassic park tour?
Is the Waimea Canyon drive equivalent to the Hana road (maui)?
And which is considered the best beach for sunsets by locals?
Thank you once again
May 2, 2013 7:20 PM
May 2, 2013 11:59 PM
If you are willing to help me please do it without criticizing.
Since you seem to have been offended by that, I won't offend you further by answering any of your latest, more specific questions. You're welcome.
May 3, 2013 7:04 AM
11Not a luau fan, but Smith's does a nice job, put on by the same family for many many years and they have beautiful gardens to wander around in.
Grove Farm Homestead is supposed to be nice, tour has to be arranged in advance. Kilohana is open to the public, might want to visit the onsite Koloa Rum Factory for tasting, rum cake is good.
Waimea Canyon is, like Kahua says, not at all like Road to Hana, no one is likely to get carsick.
Never heard of Jurassic park tour, do you have a link?
Spend some time relaxing, like do not do a tour every day, maybe 2, 3 max for a one week trip.
May 3, 2013 8:41 AM
12I found it on the Kauai film locations http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai/guidebook/topics/kauai-film-locations
May 3, 2013 4:54 PM
One of the best places to try and find places to stay in kauai is kauai vacation rentals! Here is the website: http://www.kauaivacationrentals.com They are so nice and will work with you to try and find you something in your price range! Also if you tell them what you want to do while you are there they will help you find the right part of the island to go to!
May 3, 2013 4:59 PM
I am not really a luau fan either but you can find luaus at most of the hotels. I believe the St. Regis has a great Luau. The blue dolphin in Hanalei is the best fish restaurant on the island! It is a little pricey but a great experience! Try to get a reservation because it does fill up quickly. I would not recommend the coco palms tour, there are other tours that could show you the beauty of kauai. Ke'e beach has the best sunsets ever! But get there before sunset because parking is tough. This beach is at the base of the Na'Pali coast and offers beautiful scenery and photo opportunities. It also has a lovely reef to snorkel in for beginners as long as you do not go outside of the reef (rough waves and currents on the outside)
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