You can't have it all kinda sums up how we feel staying here... We have vacationed to Kauai more than 18 times and we have stopped renting condos here. The trade off of wanting a good beach vs. great room wasn't worth it for our family. We loved the spacious rooms with washer/dryer in unit, modern appliances, clean and well appointed. Bottom line, the rooms are great but the beach is not. This complex was fairly recently built, but many of the 'good' beach resort locations were already taken by this time. The beach at this resort, from what locals have told me, was controversially constructed by hauling in multiple dump loads of sand. From photographs and walking up to it the beach looks great and it is sandy for playing in the sand. When you get in the water, the natural currents have washed sand away. Under the surface and hidden from view, you will find old lava ledges and multiple rocks which can be sharp. You do not see surfing, much boogie boarding, or body surfing ever at this resort. We were surprised at how few people ever get in ocean for any length of time here. It is a great place to get in ocean and cool off while tanning but you might want to wear your water shoes or watch your step. We have found our teen & preteen kids hate beach here because they just can't do much in the way of water sports here. Yes the pool is great, but they can go to great pools while landlocked in midwest at 'home'. While in Hawaii they want to play in ocean, day in and day out. It is not the place to stay if you want to walk out of room and routinely 'play' in ocean waves. If your children will spend most of time at pool or with a bucket and shovel in the sand, then this may be place for you. Or if you are planning on being gone from resort daily and don't mind stopping at other beach locations this would be great room and location to call home base. Since we are landlocked by living in midwest, our family really wants to take advantage of playing in ocean. When we stay here, we find we have to drive to get to better beaches. We have to plan and pack up to go to another beach for our kids to play at end of day after sighting. It has a lovely pool and the rooms are fabulous! We just wish it had better beach for water activities. The sand bottom hot tubs are great, but one unit was not working and the 'adult' unit was often overrun by pre-teens. It is nice having poolside restaurant. As with any resort, expect to pay more for oceanfront rooms. The view and service was great, just beware of multiple hidden sharp rocks under surface of ocean water. You may want to consider another hotel or condo resort if you are looking for a place you can fully utilize the beach for water sports. I would view this resort as better for people with younger children or a place for extended families to meet up. We saw many people staying here who were attending someone's wedding or other families who were merely island hopping for 2-3 nights. Many of the rooms here do not get may not get ocean breezes they use A/C. FYI- the air conditioning in rooms runs only when room is 'habituated' or has motion. There are motion sensors on thermostats to be more economical for energy consumption. At night, this can be problem as motion sensors will not maintain temperatures as there is little motion... If you wake up feeling room is feeling warm and stuffy, just wave your arms and when motion sensor registers motion, A/C will kick back on. Young children, like to view koi fish feeding times! As I said we have stayed on Kauai many times, the east side location is great. The Safeway is just across the street and one of best stocked grocery's on island. FYI- to go, Tofu salad and homemade dressing at Safeway deli counter is great! The view, room and pool can be spectacular here, but this particular resort's beach isn't the best, and it isn't something you would know from looking at photos.
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort And Spa
- Outrigger Waipouli Beach Hotel Kapaa
- Outrigger Kapaa
- Kapaa Outrigger
- Waipouli Beach Resort Kauai, Hawaii - Kapaa