Post # 1
I am interested in any experiences people might have about the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. I am looking at the island as a relaxing, but adventurous spot (really would like to do the zipline, helicopter tours, ect.)
I am looking at tripadvisor.com and other sites, but I would like to know if the weddingbee community had any opinions or reviews on the hotels.
Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
That’s where we’re going on our honeymoon. I won’t have any reviews until after Thanksgiving, but I’ve heard nothing about good things. We’re going to a luau and are doing some water related activities — tubing through some canals and caverns and a rafting/snorkeling thing.
Post # 4
My parents went there on vacation and had a blast. They hiked lava fields, snorkeled, rented a car and drove to the uninhabited parts of the island – loved it. I don’t have any more specific details other than to say I’ve heard great things. : )
Post # 5
Here’s a link for the rafting/snorkeling stuff: http://www.napali.com/kauai_rafting/
And the tubing adventure:http://www.kauaibackcountry.com/tubing.html
And this is where we’re going for our luau: http://www.smithskauai.com/
Post # 6
I got engaged in Kauai, so I only have wonderful things to say about it! I highly recommend staying on the north side of the island, in Princeville or Hanalei. It’s much less crowded than Poipu or Lihue, and more beautiful, in my opinion. In the summer, the north shore is better for swimming and snorkeling while the south shore is better for surfing. Reverse those for winter.
I definitely recommend renting a car and driving all over the place. Kauai has some spectacular views, many of which aren’t visible via the roads. So, we hiked along the Na Pali coast (quite difficult hikes through there) and we also took a helicopter tour as our big splurge. We picked that over the catamaran tours, the kayak tours, or the zipline adventures. All of those options have their perks. It’s such a beautiful and relaxing place with charming shops, fantastic snorkeling, and really nice locals. I haven’t been to the other islands, but I hear that the others are just so overrun and crowded. I’d go back to Kauai in a heartbeat. It really has everything available, and gives you the perfect balance of relaxing and adventure.
Post # 7
We went to Kauai for our honeymoon.Â We stayed at Waimea Plantation Cottages – awesome!!!!Â We loved it.Â They’re more on the rustic side than a fancy resort, but SOOO relaxing.Â And my husband told them we were on our honeymoon and they upgraded us from a one to three bedroom cottage.
Great things about the hotel:Â Quiet and secluded, near the ocean, near most of the outdoor activities, they treated us well, we had our own cottage with a hammock out back and the closest neighbor was about 50 yards away.
Great things about Kauai:Â it is BEAUTIFUL!!!Â We went to Maui for a one-year anniversary trip a couple months ago and realized we were very glad we’d honeymooned in Kauai.Â It is quieter, and oh so peaceful.
A cruise up the Napali coastline is a must.Â We would go back and stay at the same place in heartbeat.Â We also went to the Smith Family Luau (link above) and it was a lot of fun.Â Â
A must:Â get the blue Kauai guidebook from your local bookstore.Â I think it’s called Ultimate Kauai or something, but it’s blue and made by the same people who wrote Maui Revealed.Â Their books have proven dead-on for good and bad hotels, restaurants, and sites.Â I read it cover to cover before we went on our honeymoon, and it was a huge help.
Post # 8
We got engaged in Kauai as well, and the zipline tours at Princeville Ranch were our big splurge. They do a zipline tour on the south side of the island as well, but that’s through a pine forest instead of the lush tropical canopy you go through at the Princeville Ranch.
Definitely recommend this, we actually had ours booked and the FH ended up proposing about 1/2 hour before we were supposed to be there, so it was a big "hurray! We’re engaged, so lets go flying!" Moment, lol.