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First trip to kauai

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First trip to kauai

My husband & I have been to Oahu & Maui many times, but this will be our first trip to Kauai. Staying in the "coconut grove" area and would like suggestions for things not to be missed. We will be going the first week of May.

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1. Re: First trip to kauai

Check under top questions for threads with your question. Maybe tell us why you like Maui and Oahu and we can get a better sense of what you like to do. Kauai is very different than those two islands. Much more laid back. Most of us will say don't miss a boat excursion and or a helicopter ride. Do you like to hike, snorkel, lie around on the beach? The beaches on the East side aren't good for swimming, but the views will probably be nice.

Purchase a guidebook and get your car rental in order. I am going in May and prices are high.

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Definitely get a rental car reserved ASAP. That will give you a backup while you keep looking for better prices. Try www.discounthawaiicarrrental.com

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Some great tips by the other two posters for sure!

We usually stay in the Coconut Coast area as well - usually between the Kauai Beachboy Resort and Plantation Hale. Both are nice and suited us just perfectly. They are located close to the supermarkets (Foodland and Safeway) and few nice restaurants. The Kauai phototours is really nice to do, a trip to the Haruguchi Rice Mills up in Hanalei, a snorkel/snuba tour to Lehua off the coast are all lots of fun and easy to do. Make sure you try our Island Taco in Waimea - so nice for lunch! Check out the farmers market at the Kmart parking lot in Lihue and Polihale State Park. Those are a few of the things we did on our most recent trip there.

Happy Travels.

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Love all the other places in Hawaii, but Kauai is my place. It has the aloha spirit. I always get a travel book, like Frommers Hawaii,KauI just to have it. The library has it. I am a reader. Safe travels

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Thank you all for the information. I have both a car rental & A tourbook. I am interested in zip line & kayaking and seeing the Na Pali coast by ses.

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Zipline:

princevilleranch.com/pr_photos/…index.html

Kayaking:

http://www.outfitterskauai.com/

Boat tours:

http://www.napali.com/southern-star/

I was going to forward you the link to Napali Catamaran but it says page suspended. Anyone know what that is all about?

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7. Re: First trip to kauai

Well, you are centrally located. So can go to north shore easy Hanalei, Kee Beach and a few others, and to south shore, Poipu and Waimea Canyon

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visitor tested activities or trails less traveled, there are exciting and subtle nuances of Kauai at your leisure!!! just depends on if you'd like a tight itinerary or allow for spontaneity...princeville ranch adventures has great north shore zipline, helicopter tours are pretty much the same and stay on the same routes so look for the best newest helos and prices etc etc...IF you'd like a serious local flair to your time here, there are guides and escorts to set you on the authentic path or just ask as we all live the same beaches and mts that you come to savor...definitely hike the 2 miles to hanakapiai beach(first part of na pali trail), visit Limahuli garden while out here, home of rare hawaiian indigenous plants and hawaiiana, the poi factory in Hanalei to sample fresh pressed Poi...maybe a plate lunch at the local wagon with kalua pig and poi...etc etc...one dimensional guides books mislead so strive for the trails less traveled under the radar...thats what WE do when we go to the mainland!!

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9. Re: First trip to kauai

Another recommendation is Kauai Sea Tours for your Na Pali trip. We've been out with them many many times.

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10. Re: First trip to kauai

Welcome to the forums, kauaistyle101! It says you just joined today, and you're already providing some nice replies.

I did want to comment on what you said here, though:

- Hanakapi'ai trail is currently closed I believe. As reported in another thread, the state parks website says the "Kalalau Trail" is closed. Not sure if that means starting at Ke'e or Hanakapi'ai beach. In either case, it is likely to be open by May, but if there was significant damage to the trail, there's still a chance it will be closed. And there's always the chance of another storm (last May was very wet). Given the very recent flooding there and a tragic death, this trail should only be recommended with an appropriate warning (never attempt to cross a raging, brown-water stream, wait for it to go down).

- The guidebooks are no longer one-dimensional, and the problem is they are pushing into the confort zones of the local residents. Trails that are less traveled and under the radar probably won't be a year or two after you start promoting and publishing them on TA and other forums. Some people will go, others will start to ask questions, authors will race each other to "reveal" the spot, and then it will see regular usage. Problem is that many of these trails have sensitive ecologies or ownership issues, or just places locals can get away from the tourist crowds.