Kauai, The Garden Isle of Hawaii

Kauai island is known as “The Garden Isle” in Hawaii. The name is quite apropos since it is an absolutely stunning tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with lush rainforests – including thousands of indigenous flowers.

Sheraton Beach Hawaii

Sheraton Beach Hawaii

We stayed at the Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach. It is a lovely resort with excellent, hospitable service and great amenities. Our room was divine, with a gorgeous view of one of their 2 pools. The resort offered complimentary Mai-Tai hour from 5-6pm nightly, which we took advantage of every night to watch the sunset right on the beach. A series of golden sand crescents, Poipu Beach is where beach-goers can snorkel, swim in a natural ocean wading pool, boogie-board and surf. For those who just want to lounge on the beach, sip cocktails and soak up some rays – Poipu is great for that as well. It was named America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel, ranking top among the 10 “best” beaches selected nationwide. It is considered among the safest in Hawaii, with a lifeguard on duty seven days a week. The sand is super soft and the water is crystal-clear and perfect for swimming. Lounge with Hawaiian Monk Seals who soak up the glorious sunshine on the warm sand.

Seal on the beach Hawaii

Seal on the beach

Poipu has a different vibe than Waikiki – it’s a lot quieter and more laid-back. It’s definitely a  lot more “Hawaiian” than Honolulu. The great thing about Kauai is that you can be as remote as you want…but still have all the western amenities you’d have at home. You will need to rent a car, as everything is very spaced-out around the island.

Tip: Get friendly with the locals and ask where their favourite spots are. Sure, the  restaurants at the Sheraton were good, but we wanted to try local cuisine and eat where the  locals do! One of our best finds was Kaleheo Cafe and Coffee Co. They offer local Kauai coffee which was the absolute best we have tasted anywhere in the  world! Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t miss their famous pancakes.

Drive up the coast to the Northern part of the island to see more of the island’s stunning beauty. Kauai is one of the best Hawaiian Island’s to snap gorgeous photos of rainbows –  keep your eyes peeled during sporadic rainfall.

Hawaii Rambutans

Rambutans

Watch out for local farmers selling their fruit on the side of the road. We were so excited to pick up some locally grown ripe rambutans. Who knew you could find them grown outside of South East Asia!

If you’re looking for lots of nightlife and hoards of people, then Kauai’s probably not the  island for you. If you’re searching for a relaxing, stunningly beautiful vacation, then book a  trip to Kauai now. Before you leave, don’t forget to pick up one our fabulous Kauai Dresses in either Black, Pink or Blue – the dress can take you to the beach then out for some drinks!

About Taya


Life-long traveler and former expat, Taya has lived in Seoul and Brunei, and spent extensive time in the United Arab Emirates. As editor and co-founder of 9to5 Travel, she searches the globe for the world's best gourmet restaurants, tropical beaches, and luxury hotels.

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  • yuni brindamour

    I love your article Taya. What a beautiful place! make me want to go there to visit.

  • http://www.vancouveryogareview.com/ Taya

    Thanks Yuni! Kauai’s awesome, you and Rod would love it :)