Travel with me...Kauai

One of my favorite experiences was doing family pictures while in Kauai! Pictures to last a lifetime! We loved using Flytographer.

One of my favorite experiences was doing family pictures while in Kauai! Pictures to last a lifetime! We loved using Flytographer.

Hawaii has been on my mind this week as my best friend, who lives in Hawaii, had her baby boy.  Our family couldn’t be more excited and we wish we lived closer to meet Charlie. Mackenzie asked if we could go back to Hawaii this summer, my response was...I wish.  Hawaii is just a magical place. I have talked over and over about the importance of documenting your vacation. I am finally sharing with you my families recent adventures to Hawaii and I will say that it was absolutely amazing.  This was by far our best experience in hawaii. I am very fortunate that my best friend, who lives in Kona, did a fantastic job of making sure we saw the highlights of the island. She made us feel like we had a personal tour guide.

We spent the first 5 nights in Kona on the Big Island staying with my friend and the last 4 in Poipu, Kauai staying at the Koloa Landing Resort.  We had 2 very different experiences and both unforgettable.

A few highlights from Kauai

Koloa Landing Resort// located on the outer edge of Poipu with easy access to restaurants, groceries, shops, local food trucks and close to several beaches. We selected this hotel for a few reasons that were important to us: a kitchen area, laundry in the room, cleanliness, fun pool and family friendly atmosphere. We were directed to stay in the Poipu region because it is known as being the sunny part of the island. This hotel was a perfect fit for all of our requirements. I loved that this resort felt very family friendly since it features studio rooms up to 3 bedrooms. This makes it ideal for multigenerational travel, friend travel or just large family travel. Each night they would put on speciality events where you could meet other families. We loved being able to watch the sunset and then gobble up smores. There was also a movie night, art night and games. In the morning they had exercise classes on the lawn, I loved my yoga class surrounded by the natural beauty. The rooms were large and the kitchen was equipped with just the right utensils. We especially enjoyed our lani that we could view the ocean and the mountains. The beach right in front of our hotel was a great snorkeling area. In fact, I discovered that it was a gem on my morning run when several snorkeling/snuba tour trucks were parked above. We didn’t mind that there wasn’t a beach right at our property, we enjoyed exploring different areas and returning to the pool for an afternoon swim. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great location, pool and accommodations to fit any size family.

Maverick Helicopter Ride// Helicopter ride was an experience we will never forget. Booking this on our first full day was absolutely key, we got a nice feel for the entire island without having to drive around it.  We did a Maverick helicopter tour that took off from the Port Allen airport that is much closer to Poipu. It is also a great location if you want to keep exploring afterwards. We drove up to Waimea Canyon State Park to see some of the same views we saw from the Helicopter.

Kauai Coastal Path// Rent a beach cruiser and ride the Kauai Coastal path.  We rented bikes at the first shop we saw after the airport, Kauai Beach Bike Rentals.  It was a great deal, $5 to rent beach cruisers with baskets. The price was excellent, the service was great and the store was absolutely adorable!  Oh and it was located next to the best shaved ice, Wailua Shave Ice. My previous thought of shaved ice changed after this experience. Fresh fruit and coconut cream on top, delicious!

Kauai is known as the garden isle for a reason.  From its soaring cliffs and massive canyons to the lush green landscape this island has so many places to explore by foot.  We were in awe of its beauty and would love to spend more time exploring it.

General Advice for both Islands

  1. Eat like a local-stop at a random food truck or grab take out.  We actually didn’t sit down at a restaurant the entire time we were there.  Mostly because we had kids who were exhausted. We watched the sunset from the lanai and enjoyed Jamican, Thai and other local eateries.  

  2. Go beach hopping.  While many people look for the perfect hotel with the perfect beach, I would encourage the perfect hotel and perfect pool.  The beaches are so unique and offer different amenities...surfing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, shade, different colored sand.  We had the luxury of going to some really hidden beaches with very few people.

  3. Bring your snorkeling gear, you never know what kind of cool animal you might see.

Thinking about a trip to Hawaii, lets talk.  As a travel advisor, I took some time to check out other hotels, pools, restaurants, beaches and activities.  I had my best critics with me to give an honest review too!

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