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Driving from South to North.

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Driving from South to North.

I'm going to be staying in Koloa and want to travel to the north side of the Island. How long of a drive is it? What are the attractions on the south side of the island? I like to hike and explore.

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1. Re: Driving from South to North.

Solo trip? How long do you have on Kauai and when are you coming?

When I am on vacation, don't really pay attention to the time . . .but would say it would take about an hour & 1/2 to get to the northshore, but it depends on the stops. Waterfalls, a lighthouse & bird refuge, towns, caves, beaches . . . .all could take your time to explore.

While not truly south but west, would be Waiman Canyon and Kokee state park, and of course Spouting horn in Poipu. Lots of great hiking all over Kauai by the way. :)

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2. Re: Driving from South to North.

Thanks. I'm in Kauai for 15 days. I intend on visiting Waimea Canyon and the Poipu area. Also, any recommendations for snorkeling?

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3. Re: Driving from South to North.

When are you coming? Snorkeling conditions change with the season and so would our recommendations. :)

Edited: 19 June 2014, 20:56
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4. Re: Driving from South to North.

Omce again, strongly suggest that the OP order the Uttimate Kauai Guide Book, and learn as much as you can about the island, driving directions, things to see and do , places that you wish to visit, that all go along with your personal interests. Long before their travel date.

At least that is what we did as visitors. We read the UKG, selected what we wanted to see, and do, and were pretty much prepared for our visit. Well, turned out to be 12 years of visits.

On the inside back cover of the UKG, there is an island wide map, along with many other more detailed maps of areas of our island throughout the guide.

Our north shore travel plans from Poipu Kai....very near Koloa. We looked up what we wanted to do up north....kayaking the hanalei river, hiking the trails, snorkeling hideways, or Tunnels, Erica shopping at Tropical Tantrums, or checking out the shops in Hanalei Town. Going out for lunch, etc.

It took roughly three seconds using the sliding scale on the inside back cover of the UKG to find our driving time was about 75 minutes. It is that quick.

We would have breakfast at the condo, and then depart Poipu for the North Shore at about 9:00 AM. Yep, be on our way early so we could spend the day up there.....it would probably have to be earlier if we were going to take a morning napali trip out of the north shore but since we stayed in poipu, we used the west side napali boats .

Traffic for the most part at that time was no big deal, but it can depend on construction , traffic accidents, or what ever. These days, we would take the Puhi by-pass, and miss the slows of Lihue, and the Kapa'a by-pass to miss downtown Kapa'a. But , this is our decision, others prefer to remain on the main hwy.

As others mentioned, we are not much interested in what time it is, and upon arrival my watch went into the dresser drawer in the condo, and did not come out until it was time to go to LIH to return to the mainland.

We still enjoy the drive up north, now from Lihue area, as the beauty begins to magnify the further up north that we travel. The north shore is Tahiti Beautiful. Speed limits are not all lthe fast, 50 mph is the max, with plenty of lower speeds when approacing intersecting roads. We are not in a hurry, and neither is most of the other drivers.

With a good guide book, you are going to find all kinds of neat and wonderful places to see, photos to take, things to do. There are plenty of trails of varrying difficulty, length, and views. From the Kalalau Valley and Waimea Canyon, all the way up to the hanakapiai trail at Ke'e beach....end of the road on the north shore.

Also, the OP did not note what month or time of year, that they are going to be visiting, and that makes a huge diference as to snorkeling, napali trips, kayking, and ocean activities. And even hiking the trails.

Also, there is a list of the top questions for visitors listed on the right hand side of the forum page, that might be a good place to start, and also get a good guide book that appeals to your personal choices of what you wish to do. Again, we work as team and decide what is the plan of the day and then off we go.

Once informed, we can give you more detailed information on your selections that best fit into your traveling plans and lifestyle.

From , the OP's oriiginal post , looks like they are going to be prefect for kauai and kauai will be perfect for them. They will not run our of things to experience. Welcome to Kauai.

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5. Re: Driving from South to North.

You'll find lots of information on things to do under Top Questions on this page.

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6. Re: Driving from South to North.

Thanks for the detailed message. We are visiting in late December to early January.

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7. Re: Driving from South to North.

You will find the calmest snorkeling on the southern shores that time of year, though sometimes Anini is calm enough and Lydgate. :)

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8. Re: Driving from South to North.

Thanks for the detailed message. We are visiting in late December to early January.

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9. Re: Driving from South to North.

You have lots of time to linger on these boards and read up on all the blogs and trip reports.

Buy a guidebook and read top questions.

Driving time from Poipu to Hanalei is 1 1/2 hours. Lots to see and do along the way.

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10. Re: Driving from South to North.

yes, Thanks. I have just purchased the Ultimate Kauai Handbook and it is truly helpful. Thanks for helping!