Happy Tuesday everyone. I just got back from Hawaii. Needless to say it was a beautiful time and I am so glad you all loved the snaps from Maui and Kauai. I will be sharing my experiences and tips on the blog so lets start with Kauai. The Island is small and beautiful but before we dive into Island let me share the beautiful dress that I am wearing. The royal blue kaftan is by Teri Jon.Flattering on any body type, this free-flowing tunic-inspired gown is perfect for beach or non beach wedding . Accentuated with sparkles, the main central detail of the dress is a gorgeous belt. The gorgeous royal blue chiffon is layered with flowered motifs. This kaftan is a must have if you have any formal events coming up.
Now back to our stay in Kauai. We stayed at Kauai Marriot Resort and had a wonderful time. The resort is literally two minutes from the airport which was a big plus. It is in the town of Lihue which is literally in the middle of the Island. So you can go to North one day and south the next.
Kauai Marriot Resort has a massive pool and tons of amenities. It is beach front and although half of the ocean view gets covered with beautiful mountains it also helps break the massive waves so its one of the beaches where I felt comfortable swimming in the ocean. The resort is massive and picture perfect and we loved their buffet breakfast at Kukui’s Restaurant. The price was also quiet reasonable.
Somethings to be aware of if you pick this hotel:
Kid Friendly (Kiddie pool with slide)
Amazing pool (4 hotubs)
Close to Airport
There is a $30 service fee which included parking and Internet which is quiet reasonable for that area.
The only one thing Is if you love local areas and local food then you have to drive north for 15minutes to find some amazing local shops and restaurants. If you are vegetarian or not you have to try Caffe Coco. I don’t think I have had more flavorful food in life. It is a small local restaurant with beautiful decor, amazing food and great people.
Places to visit:
I have my picks for north and south. if you prefer to stay on North or South tip of the Island then one tip is to go North in Summer; South in Winter. Winter is cool, windy and rainy over the northern portions of Kauai. Also be mindful that even though north is more lush it is also very rainy for most of the year.
South Places to See
Its a must see. You can hike through the Canyon and state park for $1 per person. It costs $5 to take the driving tour. Visit the Waimea Canyon website and Koke’e State Park website for information on the canyon hikes and lookouts.
Perfect for the little ones or if you just prefer calm waters and secluded beaches. Maha’ulepu is a secluded beach tucked away on the eastern side of the Poipu area. You will head down a dirt road to the beach area. Be aware that a gate closes at 6:00pm daily.
3. Poipu Beach
This has been on the Top 10 Beach list for number of years. Kauai’s Poipu Beach is famous for its snorkeling, surf, and protected kids pond.
4. Spouting Horn
Just near the Kukuiula Small boat harbor you will spot Spouting Horn. There are also a couple of shops in the area that offer great prices on souvenirs and jewelry!
5. Kauai Plantation Railway
I though this will be just fun for Serena but we did enjoy the train ride too. You can choose a package where you can have a picnic in an orchid; pickup your own fruits and veggies and are enthusiastically greeted by herds of wild pigs, sheep, goats and the occasional horse or donkey at a farm.
North – Places to see
My fav side
1. Hanalei Valley Lookout & the beach
One of the most breathtaking lookouts I have ever seen. Keep your camera ready and enjoy the view before visiting Hanalei beach which is rated on of the best beaches of the world.
Beautiful grounds with scenic view and options for Ziplining and horseback riding on Princeville Ranch.
3. Na Pali Coast
Do a helicopter ride or a sunset boat tour. It is the best way to see the Na Pali coast unless you are an experienced hiker.
4. Dolphin watching at North Kauai’s shores
Around Hawaii, there are four varieties of dolphins frequenting the waters. However, the two most popular species of dolphins located in Hawaiian waters are the bottlenose dolphins and the spinner dolphins. Until now, it is not known why the dolphins spin, but just watching the dolphins spin is really a great treat especially for your kids.
5. Anini Beach – Protected by a Fringe Reef
Because the reef at Anini Beach is the biggest in Kauai, snorkeling can be a good experience but in recent years the big draw to Anini has been its wind based sports like windsurfing and kite boarding
Dress – Teri Jon (25% off with code ZuneraSerena)
As always thank you for stopping by!