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Kauai

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A March 2005 trip to Kauai by wauhob3

Pahio at Shearwater Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: We spent a fantastic two weeks in Kauai, one week each on the north and south, which saves on driving time. The island's beauty exceeded my expectations! I have been to the four major Hawaiian islands, and Kauai is by far the most beautiful. I can't wait to return!

Kauai

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Overview

North Shore Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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There is so much variety in the things you can do on lush, gorgeous Kauai. I'm not usually big on driving a lot, but this island offers such stunning views that driving around it is a delight. It's hard to ever get lost because there's only one major road that circles the island, although, for some odd reason, they change the number of the highway depending on what town you are in. There’re four major sides. The east side is where the airport is and the most built up. There are beaches and many restaurants and shops, including a mall and Wal-Mart. Lihue and Kappa are the only areas that have traffic problems. The speed limit for the highway in this area is 25mph, but chances are you won't be going ...Read More

Pahio at Shearwater

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Hotel

Pahio at Shearwater Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:Hanalei, Kokee State Park, Napali coast, Princeville Ranch Zip Line, and KailuaBest Things About the Resort:Upscale units with two Jacuzzis in each and the ocean views on the lush north side Resort Experience:We transferred to Shearwater on the north side for our second week in Kauai. The drive there was breathtaking. It took 1.5 hours to drive from the south side to the north side. The airport is halfway between the two sides.The Shearwater is upscale, and the units themselves are nicely furnished. We were assigned to unit no. 112. I asked for a second-floor unit but was told that wasn't possible because there were only two exchangers th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Pahio at Shearwater
Princeville
Kauai, Hawaii

Lawai Beach Resort

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Hotel

Lawai Beach Resort Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:Beaches, Spouting Horn, Waimeia Canyon Best Things About the Resort:Nice units. Beautiful views from lanai. Beach across the street. Resort Experience:We stayed in a two-bedroom at the Lawaii Beach Resort the last week of March. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We were lucky in unit placement--3rd floor, Alli building. I believe it was unit 1315. The views from this unit are fantastic! The lanai has a table and four chairs and a lounge chair and small side table. The unit was comfortably appointed in pleasing colors. The kitchen was nicely equipped. We ate every meal on the lanai. The unit was very nice--not as upscale as Pahio Shearwate...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Lawai Beach Resort
Lawai Road
Kauai, Hawaii

Gaylord's at Kilohana

Restaurant | "Gaylord's at the Kilohana Plantation"

Gaylord's at Kilohana Photo, Lihue, Hawaii
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We went to the breakfast buffet our first morning, and it was $12 a person. It is in a lovely sugar plantation. They had French toast, eggs, breakfast meats, homemade breads, pastries, and fruits. They also served Hawaiian juices and coffee. It was somewhat standard but tasty fare. We were seated at a table with a lovely view of their gardens. They provide a lei for the adult women, but decided to give my 12-year-old daughter one, too. Afterwards, you can do a two-for-one carriage ride of their lovely and interesting grounds and see things like banana trees. I later saw in one of the tourist coupon books you pick up all over the place and at the airport that if you mention their ad, you can save 20...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Gaylord's at Kilohana
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766
(808) 245-9593

Princeville Ranch Adventures

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Attraction | "Zip Line"

Princeville Ranch Adventures Photo, Princeville, Hawaii
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We wanted to try zip lining and chose Princeville Ranch Zip N' Dip. There are two others in Kauai, one that only has one zip line that allows children 10 and over and a canopy tour on the south side, but you have to be 15. My 12-year-old really wanted to do it, so we chose the Princeville Ranch's version, which has a minimum age of 12. It was quite an adventure! You are attached to a cable by a harness and zip across ravines etc. There were a total of eight zips. You start out with one that's probably about 100 feet to get comfortable with it. It's very safe, because the lines are made to hold 3,100 pounds, only one person goes at a time, and you have a backup cable. The weight range is 80 to 270 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Princeville Ranch Adventures
5-4430 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, Hawaii 96714
(808) 826-7669

Waimea Canyon

Attraction

Waimea Canyon Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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We drove to Waimea Canyon from the south side, which took about 45 minute. It was a fun drive, even though it was twisty because there are ample shoulders. There are many scenic overlooks with breathtaking views. It doesn't even look real, and it's hard to get the pictures to do it justice. The canyon also abounds with waterfalls. Mark Twain dubbed it the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, but I can't imagine the Grand Canyon being more beautiful.There are too many hikes to mention, but you can get a map at the visitor's center. Our hiking consisted of driving to each of the overlooks and "hiking" up to them. You can also see the private island of Nihau from one of the overlooks. There are many, m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Waimea Canyon
Koke'e Road (highway 552)
Kauai, Hawaii 96752
(808) 274-3433

Fern Grotto

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Attraction

Fern Grotto Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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We took the Fern Grotto river cruise despite some mixed reviews about it. It was very enjoyable. We were pleased to obtain a two-for-one coupon with a purchase from Hilo Hatties. You do need to ask for their coupons to get the page of coupons for various places. We were also able to use one of the other offers with purchase at Hilo Hatties, which are available in the tourist coupon books, and still get the free coupons. It was a boon to spend $10 and get a free box of chocolates and the coupons that saved us $20 off the boat trip, which is the adult price for a ticket. You board a wooden river boat and are entertained by the crew as you travel downriver with history, corny jokes, and good-spirited ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2005

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