Went to Kauai in the Spring of 2013. I wanted to briefly describe my trip. Below I also provide some details that I couldn’t find in a few Kauai travel books I looked at.
Historic Hanapepe is a quiet, old town. You might miss it Kaumuali’i Highway 50. There’s a swinging bridge for pedestrians to cross the Hanapepe River. There were several art galleries and 1 restaurant that I counted. More info can be found here.
The weather was much better weather when we visited this time when compared to a few years ago.
If it wasn’t for the running water you’d swear this was Mars.
- Pizzetta restaurant
It’s in old Koloa town very close to Poipu.
As you walk by the restaurant the smell of fresh pizza baking draws you inside. It’s a cozy atmosphere with 3 slightly different areas to sit; up front, in the middle by the bar (watch sports on TV), or in the rear.
We found their food to be very good. We had pizza, calzone and chef salad. The service was great, nice atmosphere too.
- Chalupa’s Mexican Food
It’s a taco truck (yes, a taco truck) in Old Koloa Town just off the main street. It was very reasonably priced, great food.
- Da Crack
It’s a take-out restaurant in Poipu. They have massive, gut busting burritos. All meals are reasonably priced (zoom in on the menu above). Three people can eat well for the price of two.
This beach is on the north side of Kauai west of Princeville.
Wow! Just absolutely… WOW!
This was the spot where they filmed part of the movie South Pacific (Mount Makana or “Bali Hai“).
Parking can be difficult, so get there early (10am). Here’s some good directions to Tunnels Beach.
The nearest restroom is a few minutes by car further west at Haena Beach Park http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/kauai-beaches/ha-ean-beach.html#detaileddescription
Crystal clear water…
The snorkeling is amazing. There’s a very large M or W shaped outer reef (depending how you look at it) that protects an inner reef. You can see a good variety of fish in about 2-3 feet of water. If you snorkel out a little further the inner reef ends and it drops~30 feet down to a sandy bottom. When we were there the snorkeling was very clear.
The picture below was taken by snorkeling on the surface yet looking straight down about 40 feet. The fish seem very happy here!
Below are a Christmas Wrasse and a Crocodile Needlefish. Apparently, Needlefish impale their prey with their long, sharp snout. They have sharp teeth as well.
I’ve also found the following sites to be good. They offer surf and wave conditions:
Overall, this site is where the lifeguards put info about the sea and surf conditions each morning: http://www.kauaiexplorer.com/
We snorkeled a bunch of times at another one of our favorite beaches, Lawa’i beach or as we call it “the Beach House Restaurant beach”.
Below are some stores that may help during your visit:
Groceries Near Poipu:
- Suoka Market http://www.yelp.com/biz/sueoka-store-snack-shop-koloa
- Big Save http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-save-inc-koloa. Although, compared to the mainland it’s the “Big Spend”.