With its laid-back vibe, quaint ocean side towns, endless waterfalls, and dramatic geographic formations like the Waimea Canyon and the NaPali Coast, it’s no surprise why they call Kauai the Island of Discovery. And after three visits, I think it’s safe to say that we simply can’t get enough of this tiny tropical island in the middle of the Pacific.
After an adventurous and fun-filled itinerary on the Big Island, my husband and I were looking forward to a relaxing week on Kauai where we could kick off our flip-flops and enjoy our view from the sand.
The condo that we stay in on Kauai is located along the Coconut Coast on the eastern side of the island. Nestled in between Kapa’a town and the ocean, our condo sits adjacent to the Kapa’a Beach path; so every morning (and some evenings) you could find us walking this path, enjoying the weather, the views, and even the tree swings.
Have you been to Kauai? What’s your favorite Hawaiian island?
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Oh my goodness. I have spent way too much time here, reading all these posts and loving the pictures. I need to book mark the one on affording travel. We are the WORST planners ever. LOVE the pictures! I look forward to reading more of your adventures! Oh, and I have accidentally swam with the sea lions too. Freaked. me. out–which is funny because I’m a little obsessed with sea mammals. I cannot imagine seeing a sea turtle in the wild–that close up! Wow. So much awesomeness.
Thank you for your sweet words. I’m glad to have you here and happy that you found some of these posts useful! 🙂
once I realized that I swam with a sea lion I was a little freaked out too! they are HUUUUUGE! And the turtles are just incredible. I always keep a respectable distance from them as required by law (and just out of respect for their space)–some of these close up shots were taken with a zoom lens. 🙂 They always bring a smile to my face whenever I see them out swimming in the ocean.
Thanks again for being so kind! Have a great day! 🙂
Thanks for liking my post “Leaving Comfort Zone” on Writewireless. I have to say that Kauai was my favorite island, too. I’ve been there twice and am way overdue for another trip! The second time I went I took a zodiac ride along the amazing NaPali coastline, seeing flying fish & sea turtles, and zooming into caves where we clapped & watched the bats fly around. We also visited the wettest (rainfall) spot of the U.S. on the same island. “Magical” doesn’t begin to describe it! Enjoy your time there.
Your experiences bring back a lot of awesome memories! 🙂 You’re right, “magical” barely skims the surface to how amazing this island is! Aloha!
My boyfriend and so many of his friends from Hilo love Kauai…I would definitely love to visit someday! So far I’ve only been to the big island, but i’d really like to go to Oahu for the Dole Whip (hehee)
When we went to the Dole Plantation we tried the pineapple icecream…. it was heaven! 🙂
Jealous! There is no dole whip on Hilo so far 😛
This sounds like an incredible place. Even the name Coconut Coast. I love it. My husband and I have yet to travel to Hawaii. Were thinking maybe for our 20th anniversary when my daughter is off to college. I’ll keep this spot in mind.
Isn’t the name perfect. 🙂 There are so many great (and unique) things about all of the islands, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself whichever island(s) you decide to go to. I love starting a conversation about favorite islands because everyone usually has a different opinion for so many different reasons. 🙂 and a 20th anniversary trip to Hawaii sounds fabulous!!! 🙂 How many years until your 20th?
I miss Kaua’i, it’s my favourite island 🙂 I loved it all, the blue ocean on the north and Waimea on the sout side, waterfalls and greenery on the east side… We got married on the beautiful Haena beach, just a stone throw from Tunnells beach with Makena mountain in te distance. The officiator told us that Makena in Hawaiian means a gift – I think our beautiful and sunny wedding day with gorgeous sunset was a gift from Hawaii as it was raining the day before our wedding and the day after 🙂 I hope we come back one day 🙂 Why it’s soooo far away from England!? 🙂
Hey Kristina! I didn’t know you were married in Kauai. What a fabulous setting for a wedding. We hope to renew our vows on the beach in Kauai one of these years.
Do you have pictures on your blog? I’d love to see them and read about your beach wedding! It sounds so dreamy!! 🙂
I haven’t actually posted about it, I kept a little bit of Heaven for myself 🙂 but I might do on our one year anniversary 🙂 it was a beautiful day and a beautiful ceremony, everything we wanted 🙂
We have been to each of the islands and Kauai was beautiful but I have to say I am a big fan of Honolulu and Oahu…. just something about it with that city atmosphere but paradise just the same….
I have some travel friends that love Oahu the most as well. That’s what is so great about the islands–they are all so different from one another that EVERYONE can have a favorite Hawaiian island. 🙂 Kauai and Maui are my favorites, and the Big Island is up there as well. I liked Oahu but next time I’m going to stay on the North Shore. 🙂 Aloha my friend!
Believe it or not every time we have been there and headed for the North Shore we have never been lucky enough to see the huge waves… just another reason to get back there!
I was not to Kauai. My favorite island is Maui.
Hey JF! We love Maui as well! 🙂 We are heading back for our third time this Christmas and can’t wait! 🙂 What’s your favorite thing to do on Maui?
We were there only a week. We stayed in Marriott (exchanged our week in its time-share in Orlando).
Every day we went to see some tourist attractions (the most important was sunrise at the vulcano).
Your absolutely, right. I can’t get enough of the little Island of Kauai. It’s so fitting that this happens to be the place we got engaged in the first place.
Someone is SO sneaky when it comes to proposing. 🙂 LOL! So glad you were able to make it happen, it’s an amazing memory. Lucky to have you!