We knew we wanted to make every moment count on Kauai, so every day was packed with yummy places to eat, beautiful places to see, and fun things to do. When traveling, I plan ahead to make sure I can check every place off my list in the time I’m there. My itineraries are down to the minute with addresses, travel time, and time allotted to spend there. In the four days we spent on Kauai I think we did as much as we could without going crazy from exhaustion. From breakfast, to waterfall, to lunch, to the beach, to dinner, every second on Kauai was filled with adventure and I’m excited to share with you the highlights of our trip.
This was me and Sonny’s second time traveling outer island as an end of summer trip; I think it’s confirmed that this is our new tradition 🙂 Personally, I love traveling because I enjoy trying new food, adventuring, and seeing the world. But nothing is better than being able to travel with my best friend.
What better way to start our trip than on the Na Pali Coast? For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Na Pali Coast is on the northwestern side of Kauai and it’s known for its cliffs, valleys, streams, and waterfalls. I’ve heard many things about this place and have been told it’s somewhere you have to go at least once in your life.
We stopped at Koloa Fish Market for a snack before our long day on the water. The poke selection here is amazing. I recommend trying the avocado ahi poke— think guac times ahi. They only take cash, so make sure to stop for cash on the way.
Go Blue Adventures: If you’re thinking about going on a boat tour of Na Pali Coast, I highly recommend choosing Go Blue Adventures. Our adventure with Go Blue was definitely a highlight of our entire trip. Our guides kept the 50+ miles trip fun and exciting while also teaching us about Na Pali and the island of Kauai. The best part? They’re the only locally owned and operated boat tour company on Kauai. I wouldn’t choose any other company, they truly made this trip worthwhile. The coast was BREATHTAKING. I felt so small next to the 3,500 ft sea cliffs but something about that feels so good. Pictures don’t do this place justice, you have to see it for yourself.
Our second day was packed with things to do. We started at Wailua falls. The hike down was short but kind of intense, it SO worth it though. The view from the bottom is so different than from the top. Bring shoes, and clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty.
For lunch, we stopped for lunch at Pono Market, this was my favorite Hawaiian food and poke place we tried on Kauai.
When we got to Hanalei Bay we went straight to the pier. As you get further and further out the water gets more blue and clear; I suggest bringing tubes or noodles to float around on. We spent a couple hours here jumping off the pier and taking pictures.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped for a snack. How funny is this photo of me and Sonny trying to be cute while feeding each other? #FAIL
Sometimes a day to chill and relax is needed in between all of the adventure. The boys wanted to go the the 3rd annual mud out— not exactly sure what the point of a mud out is, all I know is trucks drive through dirt lol I don’t understand boys.
Since the boys went on a truck excursion Kayla and I decided to use this day to beach hop and have some girl time. We started off near Poipu, parked, found the nearest beach access and settled there. This beach was quiet and perfect for relaxing. We stayed here a bit to talk, tan, and take pics. After our mini photoshoot, we moved to the next beach, Shipwrecks. Don’t miss this one! The water is so clear and there’s some fun shore break. If you’re into cliff diving you can jump off the huge cliff behind me— we passed on that one.
Before picking the boys up we stopped for acai bowls at Anake’s Juice Bar, a little stand tucked away in a small market. They have amazing blends of acai, and a wide variety of toppings.
How did our last day on Kauai come so quick? Time passes by so fast when you’re having fun. The day started with ziplining. We chose Koloa Zipline, the longest zipline tour on Kauai. The tour was about 3.5 hours and had 8 different lines, all with different scenery. Ziplining was so much fun and had just enough thrill for me without being too scary lol
After zipling, we headed toward Kalalau lookout at Kokee State Park. The drive up to the canyon and look out is about 30-40 minutes long. If you get car sick I recommend taking motion sickness beforehand as the road is quite windy, BUT the views are worth it.
Kauai was such an amazing trip, spent with amazing people. I hope these highlights help you plan your future trip to Kauai, or inspire you to pack your things and travel— even if it’s just a 40 minute plane ride away.
A Whole Lotta Love,