If you plan to go to Kauai, Read this!
Kauai is the happiest place on earth. My life's goal is to live with my family on the island for at least a year if not forever.
The purpose of this post isn't to convince you that Kauai is awesome and you need to go there. I mean come on, It's a freakin' Hawaiian island, how much more convincing do you need?! I hope this serves you in your trip by providing some of the amazing experiences we had!
Personally it's my favorite of the 3 islands that I've visited. (Oahu, Maui, and Kauai)
In the past year we have been to the beautiful Island of Kauai twice. Once in December 2016 and then shortly after in May of 2017. Both trips only did two things while on the Island. We went on adventures and then ate food.
These are our favorite places to eat and explore on the beautiful island of Kauai. I organized them by areas of the Island to help you hit all of them when you're close to the location.
Boba at L&L's Hawaiian BBQ
- Mexican place
- Chicken In a Barrel
- Pizza Place in Hanalei
- Jo Jo's Shaved Ice
- Duanes Ono-Char Burger just outside of Anahola
- Acai Bowls at Kalalea Juice Hale (Accross the street from Ono Char)
- Bubbas Burgers
- Puka dogs in Poipu
- Da Crack
- The snow cone shack next to Da Crack
WEST (we didn't eat here very much)
- Jo Jo's Shaved Ice
- Tunnels beach
- Swim with turtles at Anini Beach
- Queens Bath
- Sunset at Hanalei Peir
- Hike Napali Coast to the Waterfalls
- Kilauea Lighthouse
- Kayaking Up the Wailuah River and Hike to the falls
- Wailuah falls look out
Stroll through Kapaa
Anahola Farmers Market
- Frizbee, Snorkle, and get sun burnt at the beach at Poipu beach
Poipu Shopping Village
the Blow Hole ( a natural lava rock blow hole geyser)
- Waimea Canyon look out
- Look up all the different Hikes over here! We did an easy 3 mile hike 2 miles past the main look out.
Somethings to note:
We traveled to Kauai during both of its most different seasons, Yes Kauai has more than one season ;). The north is the best during late spring, summer, and early fall. The south is best during most times of the year, thats why there are so many more tourists there than the north. All the major resorts are down in the south.
In the winter months the North Shore will limit some of your beach days due to high swells. It rains a ton and there were some 20+ foot waves being thrown at Tunnels Beach when we went in December and Queen's bath was completely under water most of the time.
If you plan to go in the winter months (Oct - April) I suggest looking to stay further south in places like Poipu. You will get more sunshine (please wear sunscreen, Poipu is a death pit for freckled people.)
We will be adding more to this post as people ask questions, give comments, and when we remember things. :)