We are going to Maui and Kauia. We are staying 6 nights in Maui at the Westin (thank you Starwood points). Then we are going to Kauai – doing northern Kauai for 3 nights at the St. Regis – its supossed the more relaxing, but rainier, but beautiful part of the island. Then we are doing southern Kauai for 3 nights and staying at a Hyatt..one of my friends went on her honeymoon there and here is an email she wrote me about things to do..
-Basically the first day we hit the concierge to set up our activitites for the week. We went to a luau in the town of Lahaina (instead of the one at the hotel) I think at the hotel you sit at tables with other people and this one had a view of the ocean if I remember corrrectly….it was on Front Street and called the Feast at Lele. I think I also remember little shops around there too. It was fun.
-Another day we snorkeled at Molokini….which is a huge sunken in crater (basically the top of an old volcano but only the top sticks out and theres tons of fish in there. We did the Four Winds II tour out there but theres others. I think this was about a half day excursion but it was cool.
At night we ate at Pacifico’s, which is on the beach and was very good! (great lobster in coconut sauce!!!) Try to make a sunset time reservation!!
-Another day we drove the Road to Hana, I definitely recommend this, it was sooo cool and we only did half way. Theres actually a food stand called “Halfway to Hana”, a book I read raved about the banana bread there and it was really good! Also between mile markers 19 and 20, there was a beautiful waterfall and if you can rough it, we climbed down some rocks and swam in it, it was gorgoeous! There are waterfalls all along the ride but we found this one managable to get down.
-We did a sunset cruise one nite right from the Westin which is always nice
-one day we ziplined with Eco-Adventure Tours, great tourguides. I am not that adventurous so they were good with me. and it was sooo fun.
-We ate dinner that nite at the Plantation House which is a little bit of a ride ( i wrote down the cab was expensive and we should have drove oursleves), it’s a famous golf course that Tiger plays at. Its upscale and food was delicious!!! Another beautiful view, even at nite time when we went.
Definitely go into town at Lahaina, I think that’s where the famous tree is that basically has a million branches that replanted themselves or something. just cool to see and plus if you go to that luau or Pacifico’s they are both in town there.
-one nite we were tired and sick of seafood so we ate at Donderos Italian restaurant right at the Hyatt…and it was actually really good.
-like I said, here we mostly relaxed during the day at the pool/beach/lagoon
-one nite we ate at the Beach House, this was Alexs fave. I remember being told to call in advance for a reservation, so I did that from Maui . When we got there we wished for an earlier reservation (like 530 they say you get the best tables by the water) and you see the surfers surfing as the sun sets. This is where we had the best soup we ever tasted (the seafood corn chowder!) J
– our last day here we drove to the Waimea Canyon . I guess its like the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. We only did this to a certain point too, we had a car and thought it would have been better if we had an SUV or 4 wheel drive. It was cool to see tho I guess esp bc we didn’t do any other activities in Kauai and it got us out of the resort.
– Then we ate at Keokis Paradise that nite, which is very casual, more bar like, although I think they still have lobster and stuff on the menu, and a killer Hula Pie for dessert!