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Where to stay.

We are planning a week's trip to Kauai next April. Here should we stay. We want to snorkel and hike. We'd like to be able to walk to a snorkeling spot. We are not interested in "night life." Quiet, clean and uncrowded is what we are looking for . Any ideas?

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1. Re: Where to stay.

me too for july prefer east side so can drive each way and not have long one sdied ride.

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we could walk to snorkel in Poipu. however we did not. we had boogey boards and snorkel gear easier to drive, but depends on where you stay in Poipu. we stayed at Embassy, some places are closer to beach to snorkel.

Think I will let someone else answer more. Snorkeing has not been big part of agenda when we have been there.

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Walk to snorkel and hike:

A couple of ideas, and these are exactly what we do from POIPU KAI....You would want the Manualoha (extra deluxe garden view) hloa, or Kahala section ( garden view deluxe). Manualoha is a bit of an upgrade, maybe an extra $ 18.00/night but we like it....have stayed in the Kahala section a few times, and it was also super. Check out


We walked to Poipu Beach park to snorkel, and each morning walked past the Hyatt, climbed up the side to makawhehi point, for a wonderful morning hike along the high dunes, and ocean.Actually, you can walk all the way over to Maha' ulepu beach.

Also we rent bikes up the road, sometimes for a week, and ride up to spouting horn, and into koloa town, all over the poipu area, including the cane haul road to Gillens beach ( Maha ulepu ).

Another nice condo is Kiahuna Plantation, now this is a very short stroll to the beach, poipu.

HOWEVER....You will more than likely be exploring several other snorkeling sites.

South Shore ( Lawaii ) Beach House beach

North Shore: Hideaways, Tunnels, and Kee

beaches for additional excellent snorkeling sites.

a wonderful and fun hike, just across from kee beach is the Hanakapiai trail that leads to hanakapiai beach ( 2 miles ) and if you are feeling energetic, another two miles to the waterfall.

You wont run out of things to do. At least we never have, and still have just barely scratched the surface of Kauai's wonders.

Denny and Erica

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We stay at Kuhio Shores Condos and snorkelling is right next door on both sides of the condo. In fact, if its calm enough, you can snorkel right around the little point that the condo is on. Then you get to see the turtles that feast on the rocks.

It is also walking distance to Spouting Horn, the Sheraton, Poipu Village Shopping center. We have found the condo complex to be very quiet and clean. The beaches sometimes get crowded (not Waikiki crowded) but that's where the people-watching comes in.

Have fun planning.

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Kinda off topic but I read Kalapakidooley posts about renting pikes in Poipu area, did you rent them near the dive shop on the way to Koloa and if so what is the weekly cost?

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I can only recommend one place, it fits your request to a T. Hale Makai Cottages. They are in Haena and the property is ocean front. Five small cottages all with full kitchens just steps from the sand. We stay here year after year and find ourselves in paradise. The beach right in front of these cottages is perfect for both swimming and snorkeling plus they have outdoor warm showers for rinsing off after a swim. Its very private and quiet. Also you can walk down the beach towards the NaPali and find yourself at Tunnels or Ke'e Beach very well known for snoreling. Everytime we have visited we left feeling as though we owned the place.

For hiking you can continue your walk down the beach and find yourself at the base of the Kalalau Trail which is the ultimate hike.

I hope this helps, you can look them up on the web. Hale Makai Cottages in Haena.


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Bike rentals....you are right on, we rent thru OUTFITTERS, in that small stip mall on poipu road, across from the fire station.

Oh, the little yellow submarine is out front.

I think the daily rental was $ 20.00 per bike, and we got some kind of a weekly discount. Maybe 7 days for the price of 5.

Other times we just rent for a day.

We kept the mountain bikes at our poipu kai condo, plenty of room in the entry way.

Actually, had a lot of fun just in the local area. Do have to pay attention to traffic, since they really have not done much in the bike lane department. Sometimes, we would pull off to the side to let traffic pass.

I rode in the grass a lot, but the bikes handle it just fine.

Rode into Koloa town, and treated ourselves to a Lapperts ice creame, or just browsed the shops and galleries.

Would head up to spouting horn so Erica could check out the vendors, and I would hang at the Kerry Oda photo booth.

Then ride down to the Sheraton, and up again, and down to Poipu to stop at the Waiohai outdoor tiki bar for lunch.

Also, interesting ride on the cane haul road past the Hyatt to Maha'ulepu Beach.

Lock the bikes to a tree, and walk along the beach to the inland trail by the stream.

Maha'ulepu is really great for beach combing, or quiet sun worshiping. Hardly anyone around, but those you meet always have a friendly greeting.

You might also take them to bike other parts of the island. We have not done that as yet.

OUTFITTERS last year, had replaced the old worn out fleet with new bikes. Fun times, but just be aware of the light poipu traffic.


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If you want less than a 5 minute route from room to snorkel then the Marriott Waiohai in Poipu is the best. Avoid the Embassy and Hyatt. Nice hotels, but terrible for snorkel. There's a hotel in Lawai that has good snorkel across the street. Staying on the east side is more central for exploring the island. From there the best hiking is in the canyon. (buy water/snacks BEFORE driving into the canyon) The island is full on great hikes. This year will be our 8th trip and we still find new trails. The "Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" is a must have for your trip. (www.wizardpub.com)