Spring break, we knew we didn’t want to go anywhere too far from home. It was either a staycation on Oahu or an island hop. We decided to go back to one of our favorite islands, Kaua’i. As the planner in the family, I made sure we we’re doing an activity or sightseeing each day. The last time we went to Kaua’i (our first time), we didn’t do many activities. We accomplished a lot on our mini vacation! If you ever plan a trip to Kaua’i and need help with your day to day, maybe this will help you plan; here’s what we did:
We departed Oahu at 10:02am and arrived on Kaua’i at 10:52am (very quick and easy flight). As soon as we landed, we took a shuttle to get our rental car. Around 12pm, we arrived to our hotel, Kaua’i Shores, which was approximately 20 minutes from the airport. We did an early check-in at the hotel and dropped off our bags to get our touring started.
First stop: Queens Bath. I’ve always wanted to go to Queens Bath after seeing pictures on social media. It was a quick small hike down to tide pools… being that it was Spring, close to Winter time, the waves were still high and seas were rough making it perilous to swim in but we did have fun walking around and exploring the area.
We continued to follow the only road heading North East and followed it as far as possible by car. At the end was a wet & dry cave (picture above is the dry cave). Such an amazing feeling being inside the cave. We were able to go all the way inside!
After doing our sight seeing on the first day, we headed to Princeville to have dinner at Nanea Restaurant. If you’re around Princeville or looking for an amazing high end restaurant, this is the place to go! The price is definitely worth the food!
To get the day started, we had breakfast in a place we like to call “food truck box” because in a general shape of a square, with tables at its center, there were multiple food trucks, great for a pit stop no matter what time of day. At 8am, we went to NOM Kauai and tried their chicken and waffles. Other food trucks had things like crepes, pancakes, and other breakfast items. After eating, we walked along a bike path right behind the food trucks (toward the sea) to kill some time since our first activity for the trip was not until 12pm.
3 hours of fun tubing on an old sugar plantation with Kauai Backcountry. If you’re looking for a great family activity, this is the perfect one! Make sure to book ahead of time as the tours get full fast. They have multiple tours throughout the day but again, it fills up fast. This is one of the most popular activity on Kaua’i.
After finishing up tubing at 3:30pm, we decided to go to Wailua Falls. We were just gonna sight see and take some photos from the top but we ended up going down all the way to the waterfall and I’m glad we did! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and definitely one of the most incredible experience ever! Being that it’s not a legal hike down, we’re not going to disclose any more information.
We got back to our hotel around 6pm, freshened up and had dinner at our hotel at a restaurant/bar called Lava Lava Beach Club.
Reid’s parents arrived on Kaua’i and we met up with them for quick breakfast at Kountry Kitchen, located a few minutes from our hotel. After breakfast, we checked out from Kaua’i Shores and checked in at Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach by Marriott. Being that Reid’s parents are in town as well, we decided to have a family day around Kaua’i.
One of the places we wanted to go to while there was Waimea Canyon. Which is one of the main tourist attractions and should be visited by every first time coming to Kauai! The drive to the canyon is breathtaking! Definitely plan about 2 hours for this place (or more if you plan on hiking). Waimea Canyon has a many hiking paths and one was to a waterfall. We didn’t do any of the hikes as we had other plans throughout the day but we went to the Waimea Canyon lookout which is a must while there! We definitely need to go back for those hikes.
After a few hours at Waimea Canyon, we headed out to Polihale Beach to watch the sunset being that this is the West side of Kaua’i. One of our favorite beaches to go to! If you decide to go to this beach, prepare for a few hours because it’s beautiful! All sand beach and not crowded at all. Perfect for sunsets!
Almost 7pm, we left Polihale beach and went to Kaua’i Kookies for dinner which is the last stop of the day.
Reid and I planned the morning to do part of the Na Pali Coast hike while Landon spent some time with his grandparents.
Being that we had free time in the morning, and because our activity for the day (Na Pali Boat tour) was cancelled due to rough seas and strong winds, we decided to go outside and still see Na Pali Coast on foot. Although we didn’t do the entire Na Pali Coast hike which would take all day and then some, we did a few hours and enjoyed the beauty of it. The Na Pali Hike sign is at the end of the road on the east side of Kaua’i, lots of things to do at the end of the road such as hikes, beaches, and wet caves.
After a few hours of hiking, we headed back to the hotel and got ready for the Luau. The Luau was located at our hotel which was very convenient! Luau started at 5:30pm and ended around 9pm. As soon as it ended, we went back to our room and called it a night.
Early morning start today, we booked a Kipu Zipline Tour with Outfitters Kauai. We had a breakfast buffet at the hotel by 7am and quickly headed to our destination. We had to check in by 8am. As soon as we arrived, we got our kayaking gear, briefed, and started kayaking right away! This was only the first activity of the day.
We kayaked, hiked, and ziplined, all in one day for 6 hours. If you want to experience a jam packed activity while on Kaua’i, this is the perfect tour for the family! After the full day of activities, we headed back to our hotel and got ready for dinner. We met up with some relatives on Kaua’i for dinner at the delicious Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant.
Very last day, we saved the best activity for last… Well we had no choice since our first tour was cancelled due to the weather. Luckily, the last day, Kaua’i gave us nice weather to be able to go on a Na Pali Coast boat tour by Makana Charters.
After having breakfast, we packed our bags and checked out of the hotel. After our Na Pali Coast boat tour, we’re headed off to the airport. Really squeezing in time but again, we had a full itinerary for this trip. At 12:30pm, we drove to the other side of the island which took about an hour. Arrived at the harbor at 1:30pm, perfect time to check-in for the tour. From 2pm-6:30pm, we saw the most amazing views of Kaua’i. Definitely worth the wait for this tour and the best way to end our trip!
As soon as the tour ended, we headed straight to the car rental place and took a shuttle to the airport, making us 1 hour before departure! What a fun packed and busy itinerary! Good luck on yours!