Having been to three of the four major Hawaiian islands, I can see why Kauai is called the garden isle. The entire island is so lush and green which is mainly a result of all the rain the island gets. In fact, Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth. But like any of the islands, the weather can vary dramatically depending on which side you're on. This was a major factor for us when deciding which area to call our home base for the week. Since we were going in the winter which is during the rainy season we decided to avoid the north shore and opted for the east side which positioned us well to access all sides of the island in decent time.
We ended up staying at Kauai Shores which we booked through Costco (another travel hack to save $$!). The resort had recently been updated and offered a lot of amenities for guests including bike rentals, a pool and hot tub, and direct access to the beach. The hotel is also home to Lava Lava Beach Club which is the only toes-in-the-sand dining experience on the island. My only real complaint was the parking. The spaces were very tight and it was a hassle to find a spot when we would arrive back later at night. They do offer free valet with the resort fee so keep that in mind.
Below I've included a breakdown of how we spent each day of our trip. I will be writing more detailed guides about our time in each area of the island but I hope this post helps you plan out your days and must see sites!
Day 1: South Shore (Read my full South Shore guide here)
Day 2: Waimea Canyon (Read my full guide to exploring Waimea Canyon here)
Day 3: Mountain Tubing/Kapa'a
Day 4: North Shore
Day 5: East Side
As always, no amount of time is ever enough! There are still so many things left to see and do. We didn't get a chance to explore Poipu or hike the Maha'ulepu Hertiage Trail which I've heard amazing things about. I would also love to kayak the Wailua River to Secret Falls and explore Queen's Bath on the north shore which we didn't hike down to because of the high tide.
What is on your must-see list for Kauai?
I love creating detailed travel guides to ensure you get the most out of your time. On this blog I'll be sharing some of my past trips in hopes that it helps you plan your next adventure. Pack your suitcase you never know where I'll be heading next!
All 1 Day Itinerary 24 Hour Itinerary 2 Day Itinerary 3 Day Itinerary 4 Day Itinerary 5 Day Itinerary Arizona Asheville California Charleston Day Trip Denver Drink Guide Excursions Fall Travel Financial Tips Florida Food Guide Fort Wayne Gatlinburg Girl's Trip Grand Rapids Hawaii Hiking Hocking Hills Holiday Guide Indiana Kalamazoo Kauai Mackinac Island Maine Maui Michigan My Favorite Things Nashville National Park Northern Michigan Oahu Ohio Packing Tips Pet Friendly Product Review Savannah Sedona Sister Trip South Bend Southwest Michigan St. Louis Tennessee Texas Travel Gift Ideas Travel Planning Traverse City Upper Peninsula Virginia Wall Murals Winter Travel