Wish I could live here, could I suppose but it is so far away from friends and family in the UK, still I can dream.
Kauai is beautiful, relaxing and heaven, we loved being in the tourist area of Poipu and the Waiohai was an amazing place to stay, great pools, the best beach in the world and did I say I wish I could live here???
So the Waiohai has a lot of complaints about it from what I consider to be people who want a full service hotel, this has a pool bar for food and drinks but it is all setup for the self catering aspect of a Marriott Vacation Club, there are lots of places nearby, Red Salt Next Door is gorgeous but for me not a nightly place to eat as it is very indulgent!
Almost directly across the road from the entrance into the Waiohai is the Poipu shopping village which has lots of choice, Keoki's Paradise is lovely, great food, great service and if you want a cheaper meal they have a sunset special to be served by 7 (from memory), Roy's is another very nice place to eat then you have more laid back places such as Pukka Dog or a Burger place that we did not eat.
A longer walk up the road is Kukulu'ula Village, another shopping/restaurant complex with Savage Shrimp (laid back lunch type of place) and then many other evening type restaurants, Josselins, Merrimans, Dolphin Fish and Sushi, Bubbas Burgers and many more, some may say this is a long walk, it is fairly but what do you do on holiday of an evening that does not allow a walk to work off the third course!
Bit further again is the Beach House, we did this as a last night meal and it did not disappoint, we also ate at Tidepools at the Hyatt, gorgeous again but you could probably do that or Red Salt if you were tight for time.
Special mention to Da Crack, loved it, fish tacos to die for, this is not an eat out place we sat on a bench and ate the first time and got takeaway to take back to the room in the Waiohai.
Old Koloa town is a must, Fish Market is legendary and there are two Supermarkets here.
We did BBQ's alot in the Waiohai and made use of the big spacious two bedroom accommodation which are standard MVC spec, they were lovely although a bit dated, we were here whilst they were being renovated and this did not really impact our stay, would like to go back and stay in the updated rooms.
Saw loads of Turtles, very easy to find, had one swim past me snorkeling on Poipu too, literally two foot away and it then came up on the beach where people crowded it, very exciting seeing turtles I agree but respect the Honu!
Saw 2 or 3 Hawaiian Monk Seals sleeping on beaches and a huge wild boar ran in front of our car one day!
Forgot to mention Brennecke's, good view, good food, convenient location and laid back atmosphere.
Did the island tour in the helicopter, well worth doing and booked through Brennecke's.
Would love to try the north of the island for a longer period, we drove up there to the end of the road, amazing scenery and beaches, peoples opinions on north vs south of Kauai are divided, my view? Both are heavenly and as a tourist Poipu was great but you have to at least have a day up north and see the island, Hanalei was great.
Kauai is expensive but as the locals say there is a price to pay for Paradise.
Loads more to say, could go on, we had an ocean view room which was nice, do the farmers market in Koloa, bought Sugarloaf Pineapple for $12 which was lovely.
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