I just got back from spending a week on the island of Kauai, which defiantly is a vacationers dream and an outdoors-man paradise. There is everything to do on this island from surfing, and surfing, did I mentioned surfing, there is also great golf courses, snorkeling, kayaking, amazing hiking trails, swimming, every kind of boating you can imaging, paddle board, zip lining, deep sea fishing and surfing, and surfing….there is a lot of surfing. The island is broken up into five sections; the north shore, the east side, Lihue, south shore and the west side. Each section of the island is an adventure in itself. And besides outdoor adventures there are all sort of historic tours, botanical gardens, one of the oldest wooden churches in Hawaii, you can even tour the Kauai coffee plantation and of course there are some of the most amazing beaches you will ever want to visit from the Polpu beach park on the south side to the horse shoe shaped Hanalei bay on the north side. There is just so much to do it is hard to pack it into an eight-day trip.
We decided to forgo staying at one of the luxury resorts and instead rented the most adorable house that was 20 feet from our own private beach and it was the perfect way to spend the week. One of the things that I really liked about the island was how friendly and helpful everyone was. On our first day there we were hanging out in the town of Hanalei on the north shore and found it to be one of the most charming small towns on the island. After delicious hamburgers at Bubbas hamburgers someone told us we had to try the macadamia nut milk shakes at the Shaved Ice Paradise. Everyone that worked there was so friendly and gave us some great information on hiking trails and restaurants on the island. It was a great way to start the week.
If you are going to plan a trip to Kauai here are 2 things that no travel book will tell you; first off there is one major road that almost encircles the island, the Kaumualii Highway and it can have major traffic jams during the day so plan your adventures in advance and allow time to get from one side of the island to another, you may be surprised and yes there is rush hour traffic on Kauai. The other major thing to know that all the restaurants on the island except for at the major resorts close at 9pm, there is not much nightlife on the island.