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Which part of the island?

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Which part of the island?

We're planning a vacation to Kauai in October. We still can't figure out which area would be best for us. It's me and my boyfriend (in our 30's); we like to walk the beach, hike, sit outside and eat, drink fun drinks. We'd like a couple bar and restaurant options but don't need clubs or anything like that. Not into crowds. Definitely want to swim in the ocean. Also, we would like to drive as little as possible other than travelling the island.

We're thinking of a condo instead of a hotel as we wouldn't take advantage of most amenities.

Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated! I

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1. Re: Which part of the island?

there are a number of threads here on the pros and cons of Poipu vs Hanalei/Princeville. You might want to search for them as there is a ton of info already here.

Kauai isn't for clubbing too much anyway. And crowds are not much of a problem either. This is a pretty rural place. Unless you want to sit on the beach by the Beachhouse or go to Lydgate on a holiday weekend, it isn't crowded.

In Oct, either north or south would be good. not too rainy yet. Buy the Ultimate kauai guide and decide where you want to do your hiking. If the Na Pali is first priority, go north. If Kokee, stay south.

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Have you been to Maui? your post seems more of a Maui thing. walking the beach

We have only been to Kauai three times, but so far we seem to find little beach walking time because so much else to see. and maybe only where we have stayed but beaches not real easy to walk near condo, where as on two times we have been to Maui they are more walkable. but I am no expert.

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jules

Welcome to kauai in october.

Good advice by the other posters. Both shores have many of the same ammenities that you are looking for. Referring to the north and the south. Especially since you mentioned less crowded. The north and the south will be, compared to the wall to wall strip malls of Kapaa.

there is plentyof hiking up in the Kokee area and Waimea Canyon area, , with many different types of trails in all ranges from easy to difficult. Fantastic nature walks and very diversified. Easier to drive to from the south.

As suggested do pick up the Ultimate Kauai Guide Book and learn about the garden island. That will be of extreme help in making your decisions.

For a long deserted beach walk near Poipu, drive the cane haul road past the Hyatt to Mahulepu Beach. nIce long uninterupted walks. Nearly deserted.

Shorter walks along the Heritage trail from Poipu Kai over the shipwreck and along the coastal dunes from Makawhehi Point is very pleasant . Actually became a morning ritual over our many visits.

An easy 30 minute drive from Poipu, you have the Kuilau Ridge Trail, with a beautiful vista at the picnic tables which is only about 1.2 miles. You can also continue on....great and easy hike. Also sleeping giant is in the same area.

You WILL be driving to other shores no matter where you stay in order to share the speical beauty of all of Kauai.

As far as dirivng, when we came over as visitors, and stayed at poipu kai we walked or hiked right from our condo each day and also evenings. Just left the car parked. We are about double your ages. We walked to Poipu Beach, or to Brenneckes, or to the Tiki bar at the Waiohai Marriot, or over to the Hyatt and Stevens Library, for Jazz at that beautiful Koa wood lounge, or to hike the cliff dunes trail toward Mahaulepu. Easy stuff right from the front door.

We drove all of the shores. And snorkeled both the north and the south shores. We also explored Secret Beach, and Larsens, in addition to Hideaways, Tunnels,and Ke'e. Even hot Polihale on the west side a few times.

Poipu beach: We now drive from our home in Puhi to snorkel, and also to have BBQ picnics at Poipu Beach Park. But also found that the snorkeling at Lawaii ( Beach House ) beach is a bit better at his time,and like to lay out on the grass at the beach house since Lawaii Beach is rather small. ( About a 5 minute drive from Poipu.) We also like to watch the surfers, and read, between our snorkeling of the area.

You mentioned SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN...please be aware that you might want to do that at beaches that are protected by reefs.

Be cautious of Beaches that are open to the seas.

You also mentioned condo living. Good idea, peaceful and not overun and crowded with the masses who swarm the hotels. You can always visit the hotel resorts if you get the urge.

South Shore Condo: We stayed at Poipu Kai, which is extremely nice, and is layed out over 87 acres, and over 12 years was always peaceful and totally uncrowded, provides semi private pools, parking at your front door, bbq's and very reasonable thru suite paradise.com

North Shore: Really like the Hanalei Bay Villas, free standing 3 story 2 br homes, facing the waterfalls of Mt Waialeale, next to the entrance of the Princeville Hotel, across the road from Hideaways .

Short drive to the hanalei bay resort happy talk lounge, or shopping at the Princeville shopping village market. Great places and inexpensive.

The North shore is beautiful and very much like Tahiti. Not Papeete, but more like the islands of Bora Bora, or Huahine.

Only a few minute drive into Hanalei town, or up to the other north shore beaches, Limahuli Gardens,or the Hanakapiai Trail.

It is not really a contest between north and south shore, both are great, and you will be visitng both during your visit. just pick what feels good to you, and suits what you enjoy.

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4. Re: Which part of the island?

Jules

In re reading the info on the north shore, I intended to say that the Hanalei Bay Villas....were inexpensivie and really great....shopping at the Princeville shopping village is NOT going to be inexpensive.

Hanlei Town has some really neat places to eat, with prices varing quite a bit. Small quaint village, with shops, galleries, and restuarants.

Hanalei Bay Villas:

These free standing homes are about the size of a condo, not a huge home. Views of the mountains from both lanias, as well as the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. I think we paid about $170.00/night last year.

Sorry for the confusion.

Aloha

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Thanks everyone, this is very helpful!

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