While we already have a post of ‘How To Spend 6 Days in Kauai‘, we decided to do this post because of our recent trip on the Garden Isle. We spent a total of two nights at Waimea Plantation Cottage and explored a few spots in Kauai. This was our first time staying on the West side of the island which was off the beaten path yet, absolutely magical!
When traveling we typically are on-the-go trying to make tours in a timely manner but in this case, we reveal how we explored enough of Kauai while also being stress-free. This is a realistic itinerary that you’ll actually enjoy without having to rush from place to place.
We arrived in the morning (9 am) and ate at a local favorite “Tip Top Cafe” before heading off to the west side, where we were staying. Before reaching our destination of Waimea Plantation Cottages, we took a detour up Waimea Canyon because it was the clearest day we’ve ever seen on Kauai. Taking advantage of clear weather definitely can make or break an experience.
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Our daily routine at the @waimeaplantationcottages: welcoming the first light on the porch rocking chairs followed by meandering out through 100 foot+ coconut trees to get some fresh Kona coffee in the lobby. Revitalized and ready for the day! 🌴🏠☕️ – #waimeaplantationcottages #wanderlustylexkauai . . . . . #lethawaiihappen #havealohawilltravel #hawaiiblog #hawaiitag #visithawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiiblogger #alohastate #hawaiinei #gohawaii #alohavibes #luckywelivehi #glimpseofhawaii #livealoha #luckywelivehawaii #hawaiistagram #kauai #kauaihawaii #kauailife #kauaistyle #kauailove #kauaiadventures #kauaiaswhy #visitkauai #discoverkauai
As mentioned, we took this trip slow and planned our trip for flexibility. Spending a couple of hours taking photos, driving through Waimea Canyon and taking our time was serene! We ended that day watching a sunset at the cottages after visiting Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Lookout.
WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARK
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Have you been to Kauai? Here’s our top things to do while on the Garden Isle: Visit Waimea Canyon (grand canyon of the Pacific) See Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Valley at Kalaulau Lookout (where this photo was taken) Or visit Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park where you can hike, camp, and explore! During the summer months, take a dip at Queens Bath. Check out Maniniholo, Waikanaloa & Waikapalae Wet & Dry Caves at Haena State Park (It’s currently closed off because of flooding that happened April 2018) Visit the best waterfall of Kauai: Wailua Falls! Do our favorite activities on Kauai: Mountain Tubing with Kauai Backcountry Adventures and Kipu Safari Tour with Outfitters Kauai View the amazing cliffs of Na Pali Coast by boat or helicopter! #wanderlustylexkauai . . . . . #lethawaiihappen #havealohawilltravel #hawaiiblog #hawaiitag #visithawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiiblogger #alohastate #hawaiinei #gohawaii #alohavibes #luckywelivehi #glimpseofhawaii #livealoha #luckywelivehawaii #hawaiistagram #kauai #kauaihawaii #kauailife #kauaistyle #kauailove #kauaiadventures #kauaiaswhy #visitkauai #discoverkauai
WATCH THE SUNSET ON THE BEACH
Our first day was tranquil and laid back while our second day started off quick! We woke up at 6 am, caught the sunrise and headed to Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor without any coffee. Reason being, we were about to embark on a bumpy adventure with Na Pali Pirates. Na Pali Pirates took us on a 5 hour trip through seal cliff waterfalls, caves, and took us to a snorkeling spot.
After having a grand time on the speed boat, we drove to Wailua Falls and Opaeka’a Falls to take a few pictures and sightsee around Lihue. By the late afternoon, we headed back to get ready for a Luau to end the end.
NA PALI COAST BOAT TOUR & SNORKELING
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The dreamiest view of Na Pali Coast. Unreal cliffs and crystal clear waters. We've visited Kauai a few times but this was the clearest day we’ve ever seen on the coastline. We had a chance to take a quick dip in front of this picturesque spot for a quick break. If you read our recent blog post about a boat tour in Kauai, then you know that @napalipirates took us on a most epic adventure through multiple sea caves and a snorkel spot. Another thing we loved about the tour was how our captain and crew were enviornmentally responsible throughout the tour and stopped by floating debris to pick it up! 🙌🌊🗑 #take3forthesea #wanderlustylexkauai . . . . . #lethawaiihappen #havealohawilltravel #hawaiiblog #hawaiitag #visithawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiiblogger #alohastate #hawaiinei #gohawaii #alohavibes #luckywelivehi #glimpseofhawaii #livealoha #luckywelivehawaii #hawaiistagram #kauai #kauaihawaii #kauailife #kauaistyle #kauailove #kauaiadventures #kauaiaswhy #visitkauai #discoverkauai
LAUA TO END THE NIGHT
If you’re able to stay longer in Kauai, we highly suggest doing so. You can most likely do these ‘ Top 10 Things You Must Do in Kauai‘ within 4 days and still be able to enjoy it all. As of May 2019, the Wet and dry caves are currently closed at the moment which is why it’s not included in this list. Although, it is a nice and easily manageable spot for families, along with a nice beach to play and snorkel in nearby.
We aren’t to keen on hiking which is why we didn’t include any. However, we always love hearing about hike-worthy trails – which is one of the things Kauai is known for. Mahalo for reading!
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