What to do in Kauai, Hawaii in 5 days20 January 2014
Five days in Kauai sounds like you'd barely have enough time to get your feet wet. But if you spend your time (and cash) wisely, you can cover so much ground in just a few days time!
- Relaxed poolside at our resorts
- Road tripped from Lihue to Waimea
- Explored Waimea Canyon State Park
- Visited Kalalau Lookout
- Check out Spouting Horn
- Shopped at local craft markets for gifts and sweets
- Attended the Smith's Garden Luau
- Kayaked two miles along the Wailua River
- Hiked solo to Secret Falls
- Swam at Lihue's beaches
- Indulged in the best foods of Kauai
- (...and showered and slept a little here and there...)
cuisine is unlike any other. And when in Hawaii... We ate our way across the island, sampling loco moco, shave ice, kahlua pig, and more.
Wailua Kayak and Canoe, the BF and I trekked by kayak and foot to Secret Falls. It was truly the best part of the trip! We paddled two miles down the Wailua River until we reached a spot that slightly resembled a circled area on our map, and anchored our boats. We crossed the river, climbed up a small hill, and hiked for about an hour until we heard the squawking of chickens (pretty typical in Kauai). Up ahead was Secret Falls, and it was completely secluded. We enjoyed a few minutes to ourselves, snapping photos and dipping our toes in the water, before another couple joined us. With a bit of courage, we jumped in the icy water and swam beneath the falls.
Attending a traditional luau was another one of the top things to do in Kauai, we were told. Though, making the final decision was no easy task. There were two top luau choices in Kauai offered just about everywhere: Smith's Garden Luau and Luau Kalamaku. Smith's was touted for it's delicious buffet, though downscored for it's OK performance. In contrast, everyone had great things to say about the Kalamaku show, but less-than-positive thoughts on the fare. Since food is arguably one of our most-effective motivators, we opted for Smith's Garden Luau and ultimately agreed with the so-so performance review. It was a fun experience for us as first-timers to Hawaii, but I think we'd pass on a luau next time around. Though, I encourage first-timers that are interested in attending a luau to consider driving a bit farther out of Lihue for better alternatives.