Kauai Journals

Wornderful Kauai Vacation

A May 2002 trip to Kauai by glaufer

Spouting Horn Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Our Kauai Vacation was wonderful. We explored the island by air, car, and boat. It was truely paridise!

Wornderful Kauai Vacation

Overview

Spouting Horn Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Everyone always says that Kauai is the quiet island. We stayed busy the whole time we were there. The drive around the island is spectacular. We went on a fantastic boat cruise for snorkeling and dolphin watching. The highlight of the trip though was the helicoptor ride. The helicopter gives the the sensation of floating over the mountains and ocean almost like it was a dream. I think anything you do is tops on Kauai.Quick Tips: You have to have a car on Kauai. Everything is spread out and not many of the tour companies will pick you up. I also thing renting a condo is best on Kauai too. The hotels are nice but VERY overprice for what you get. Best Way To Get Around: A CAR IS A MUST!...Read More
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The Waimea Plantion Cottages were quite a surprise. IN A GOOD WAY!!!! We had to stay here just a couple of nights before we checked into a timeshare. We were a little shocked when after we checked in. Every "room" is it's own 1,2,or 3 bedroom house. When we pulled up to our house and went up to the door all the lights were on, the raido was playing, and all the doors and windows were open. We thought we had the wrong room. Then I figured out that they just left the light on for us. When we arrived it was raining. It was hot and very muggy. The only draw back was no air conditioning. It was kinda sticky at first but the ocean breeze came and cooled things off. By the end of our short s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Waimea Plantation Cottages
9600 Kaumualii Hwy 367
Kauai, Hawaii
1(800) 922-7866

The Point at Poipu

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Hotel | "Embassy Vacation Resort Poipu Point, Kauai"

The Point at Poipu Photo, Koloa, Hawaii
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I was able to trade my timeshare at the Maui Embassy Vacation Resort for the Kauai location. Before we arrived in Hawaii, I did some research to see if I was getting a good deal or not. The normal price of the rooms at the Embassy were over $500 per night from the hotel company. I read some reviews and guide books and heard some discouraging comments about the resort. Sever people and books gave it a bad rap. So, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I WAS NOT! From the moment we walked in I was very impressed. The lobby overlook was beautiful. A bellhop with a golf cart even picked us up and drove us to our room. When we checked in I thought the rooms were very well don...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

The Point at Poipu
1613 Pe'e Road
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1888

The Point at Poipu

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Hotel | "Embassy Vacation Resort"

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Best Things Nearby:The Spouting Horn, Po'ipu Beach, Snorkeling, golfBest Things About the Resort:The rooms were very nice and the pool was amazing.Resort Experience:I was able to trade my timeshare at the Maui Embassy Vacation Resort for the Kauai location. Before we arrived in Hawaii I did some research to see if I was getting a good deal or not. The normal price of the rooms at the Embassy were over $500 per night from the hotel company. I read some reviews and guide books and heard some discouraging comments about the resort. Several people and books gave it a bad rap. So, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I WAS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2002

The Point at Poipu
1613 Pe'e Road
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1888

Will Squyres

Attraction | "Will Squyres Helicopter Tours"

Will Squyres Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The helicopter tour was the best part of my whole vacation. If you go to Kauai, TAKE THE HELICOPTER TOUR. The price might scare you away, but it is worth every penny.

As you take off you feel like your floating in mid-air over the ocean. The pilot put on all different kinds of music which set the pace of the tour. As we flew into the valley were Jurassic Park was filmed the movie's theme was playing. It was a sensation like no other. We then went on to the Na Pali Coast. The scale of the aircraft was miniscule compared to the towering cliffs. The whole experience is very humbling. Two thumbs up for the helicopter ride.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Will Squyres
Lihue Airport
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
+1 808 245 8881; +1

Captain Andy's

Attraction | "Captain Andy"

Captain Andy's Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures was a great experience. We had a load of fun. The crew was great. They made a point to talk to everyone on the tour at some point. I was very impressed by that. The boat seemed a bit over crowded, but was not cramped. On the way to the Na Pali Coast we spotted a pod of about 200 dolphins. They took us for a closer look. It was like Sea World gone wild. We stopped a couple of times for a short swim and stretch. The snorkeling was good and the highlight of the trip. On the way back they had a deli lunch with sandwiches and all the sides. The food was very good. They offered free beer, wine, soda, and juice. The tour also included breakfast. I recommended this tou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Captain Andy's
4469 Waialo Road, #20
Eleele, Hawaii 96705
+1 808 335 6833; +1

Fern Grotto

Attraction

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The Fern Grotto is always advertised as a major attraction of Kauai. I was very disappointed. I understand it had a lot of damage from the 1992 hurricane. The whole tour just felt cheap. I guess I just did not see the big attraction to a cave. The cost was $15 per person which I thought could have been spent elsewhere.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Fern Grotto
On the Wailua River
Wailua, Hawaii 96756
no phone

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The Hyatt Luau was very good. In fact, one of the best in Hawaii that I have been to. The food was very good, all the free drinks you want, and the spectacular Hawaiian sunset in the background. The dancers were talented and very entertaining. It was priced around $65.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Hyatt Luau (Drums of Paradise)
Po'ipu
Kauai, Hawaii