Kauai, Hawaii Mini-Moon Highlights


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Kauai, Hawaii Mini-Moon Highlights

a travel post

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Kauai is easily one of my favourite places I've ever been to! This is a very long overdue post, but I loved my time there so much I had to share some of my travel highlights and must-do things on the beautiful island.

Justin & I spent 6 days in Kauai as a mini-moon trip after our wedding in Maui last year. It was the perfect place to relax, chill out and spend time in some of the most majestic landscapes I've ever seen. A friendly local barista there welcomed us to the island by saying "Kauai is for the newly wed and nearly dead" hahaha. 

We went in late November 2017 and the weather was pleasant despite some scattered showers in the north. The south side was generally sunnier and warmer. We spent 3 days on the north shore at an airbnb in Princeville, and then drove down to the south side in Poipu where we stayed at a VRBO vacation home. We had amazing experiences with our accommodation and would highly recommend it over a hotel or resort if you prefer a more homey local vibe.

Here are the the highlights of our Kauai trip:

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airbnb condo

This was an awesome place to stay in Princeville. Great value, convenient location, clean and cozy!

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explore hanalei bay

This is a must-visit spot as it is the largest bay on the north shore of the island consisting of two miles of beaches surrounded by mountains. It's a great place for photography and to dip your toes in the ocean. 

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taco fix at Tiki Tacos

Delicious, organic and fresh ingredients! My favourite was the fish tacos.

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Coffee at Java Kai

We discovered this cute coffeehouse in Kapaa after searching on Yelp for the best coffee in town. I had the macadamia nut almond latte which was so delicious I still daydream about it. It was so good we came back a second time for brunch where I ordered a hearty avocado, bacon and egg toast on soft, fresh ciabatta bread. 

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Driving Around in a Jeep 

We drove around the island in a jeep which I highly recommend as driving is the best way to explore the island. We rented a jeep wrangler with a soft-top which we took off to enjoy the cool ocean breeze. I got to drive this a few times on our trip which was so much fun. You can't go wrong with reggae music on the radio and sunshine on your skin on the road!

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Queen's Bath, Princeville

Queen's Bath is a breathtaking tide pool surrounded by igneous lava rock. 

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Getting To Queen's Bath

There is a small trek downhill to get there, and be careful as it can be muddy as it is a natural dirt path. However, it's not too bad as I wore flip flops and was totally fine. The waves here are so powerful (especially during the high tide) and majestic. Take caution as it is actually pretty dangerous here with the unpredictable waves, but as long as you stay smart you will be able to enjoy it!

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Maniniholo Dry Cave

Explore the caves on the way to Ke'e Beach.

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Ke'e Beach, north shore

Ke'e Beach is the farthest beach you can drive to on the north shore. The highway ends there and it's a very beautiful scenic drive to get there. It's one of the most spectacular beaches in Hawaii. The salty ambience and beautiful views of the famous Nā Pali Coast are breathtaking. We were lucky to get there just in time to see the sunset. I definitely recommend watching the sunset from here!

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Poipu Beach

Catch the sunset at the south side of Kauai.

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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is one of the top things to do in Kauai, and it's a place you shouldn't miss! It's also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific for its amazing canyon landscapes. The canyon is 10 miles long and up to 3,600 feet deep. This is the best place to spot rainbows! 

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where we stayed in Poipu

This was an amazing vacation luxury rental that we found via vrbo. 

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Local made chocolate

If your'e craving some sweets and chocolate, The Chocolate Shack will take care of it.

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Dinner date at Eating House 1849 Koloa

Restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi. The food was really good. Portions were huge! I wished I could've eaten more. I got a ramen dish which was super tasty.

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ice cream treat at Lappert's hawaii

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Happy Hour at Tortilla Republic

Yummy Mexican restaurant with cute decor and good drink specials too. They had margaritas on special the day we went!

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wishing well shave ice

Of course, you can't leave Kauai or Hawaii in general without having shave ice! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions about the airbnb/vrbo rentals, or any of the places I mentioned here feel free to leave a comment below. Have a wonderful day!