There’s an island across the sea
Beautiful Kauai, beautiful Kauai
And it’s calling, calling to me
Beautiful Kauai, Beautiful Kauai
This was our 4th trip to Kauai (15th to the state). It was kind of a last minute thing – we decided to go less than 6 weeks before we went. Usually I plan a year in advance (using freq flyer miles) so it was a flurry of activity while I figured things out. But since planning a trip to Hawaii is just about my favorite thing to do I didn’t mind!
Mahalo nui to the Trip Advisor forums! I did a lot of other online research and read the Ultimate Kauai Guide and the Lonely Planet guidebook (very nice town maps)
We spent 4 nights at the Kiahuna Plantation and 5 nights at Alii Kai in Princeville. We’d never stayed on the North Shore so it was nice to experience that area for more than a day trip. We get major Paradise Paralysis and don’t like to do a lot of long drives when on island.
Weather was definitely transitional. South Shore was ideal during our time there but it was winter on the North Shore most of our stay. This was the first time ever we’ve needed sweatshirts in Hawaii (except when upcountry.) We even had blankets on the bed. The other surprise was that the rain held off for the most part (a few times at night or in the early morning). I think that was because we packed our rain jackets at the last minute.
The wind and N shore swells put a damper on our beaching/snorkeling but we’ll come back someday!
More details to come...