We will be returning to Kauai for a 5 day trip. We went 2 years ago and stayed 4 days, we didn't know much about the island at that time and are searching to plan our next trip better.
On the first visit, we stayed in a hotel in Kapaa, we liked the area, being kind of central.
On this visit, we are looking at condos (we will be 4), we have spotted some at Princeville, at first view it seems kind of far from Poipu and the Canyon... what do you guys think?
To help you out, here's a list of things we are looking forward to do during our 5 day trip.
- Waimea Canyon + hang out at Poipu beaches/area,
- Kalalau trail
- Kayak to Secret Falls
- Queen's bath
- Hang out at beaches
We did visit Kauai once and know our way around it, but are not so aware of the special places.
So here are my specific questions :
- Does the east/north (somewhat max 30 minutes from Princeville) of Kauai offer a good enough variety of beaches and snorkelling to cover 2-3 days, so that we do not have to run around the island for those activities?
- Is there any special places that you would suggest (beaches, treks, waterfalls, activities) ?
- Would Kauai be a nice place to learn to surf (similar to Waikiki), and if yes, where at?
- Does Waimea Canyon offer treks that are spectacular? (In my opinion, simply looking at the Canyon from the observation areas is spectacular), are we missing out by just looking at it without walking right into it?
- So Helicopter rides leave from the airport? Are you aware if you must book in advance, or are you able to get in just a few days prior?
- Golf, how good is Kauai for golf? Any specific courses to recommand? I know golfing in Hawaii can be expensive, let's say something in the range of 40$ - 90$ for the round (not sure what those prices get you..)
Years ago (1998) I was on Kauai and Maui. Now that I look on my photos, I do not remember where the beach on the photo was.
Here is the link to my uploaded photos: members.virtualtourist.com/p...
Does anyone know?
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