Hey guys! It’s been a busy few months with our wedding in June and planning our honeymoon. Donald and I are finally enjoying some time off and exploring the islands of Kauai and Maui in Hawaii!
We are only halfway through our honeymoon, and just arrived on the island of Maui after 7 days on Kauai. Our week in Kauai was unforgettable and action-packed! And now that we’re in Maui we can’t wait to sit on the beach and leisurely sip mai tai’s out of a coconut… not that we didn’t do that on Kauai, but those moments were squeezed between adrenaline churning excursions and adventures.
There were so many exciting moments on Kauai – It’s enough to fill a book! And that’s exactly where you’ll find all the details of this trip: in my next traveler’s guide …to honeymooning in Hawaii!
Since the Hawaii guide probably won’t be live for a little while, here is my quick-and-dirty top ten list of things to do on Kauai on your Hawaii Honeymoon.
Traveler’s Guide to the Ultimate Kauai Honeymoon: Top 10 Things to Do
- Driving a white mustang convertible for a week. I’ve always wanted a convertible, and this was everything I dreamed it would be! The weather was beautiful except for one rain shower on our way to the airport, so we got to ride with the top down the whole week under the palm trees and tropical sun.
- Watching a game at Lava Lava Beach Club during happy hour. We also had brunch here on a different day. The food is great, the drinks are strong, and during happy hour, their small plates and drinks are only $3. Even though the Patriots lost the football game, the roar of the waves and sand between our toes made everything ok. A different vibe than Boston.
- Wandering through the shops, food trucks and café’s of the town of Kapaa. This town is so lively and colorful, and punctuated by groves of coconut trees. It’s exactly what I picture when I think of Hawaii. I can’t wait to dive into all the restaurants and local digs in my book!
- Grilled fish, Sushi, and Brownie Sundae at Dolphin sushi, Hanalei Bay. Hanalei is another fun town to visit, filled with gift shops and restaurants, with vibrant happy hours and a half-moon beach and pier. The town also serves as the gateway to the wild wilderness of the Napali Coast.
- Stumbling upon a monk seal and swimming + snorkeling at Wilua Beach. This small beach is tucked away behind Lava Lava Beach club and is accessible from a small walkway off Papaloa road. Monk seals lay on the beach here every day — and if you’re lucky enough to see one, the seal wont even notice you’re there. Even if you pose as a seal.
- Hiking the Wimea Canyon Cliff Trail. The views from the trail are well worth the down-down-down hike that brings you to the bald ridge with a panoramic view of the canyon – and the up-up-up hike back to your car.
- Donald jumped off a cliff into Queen’s Bath – not for weak swimmers like me. The sign here tallies those who have drowned in the baths. And after seeing how the waves were churning the pool, it’s easy to see how anyone but a very experienced swimmer could handle it. There is a milder pool nearby, which was more my speed.
- ATV Tours with Kipu Ranch Adventures, where Don caught a bass under a waterfall with his bare hands and completely wowed the local tour guides. The offroading tour was lots of fun, very informative, with fun guides — and the offroading was the real-deal! We were in larger 4-seat ATVs with roll bars, which made me feel safer than in a normal quad.
- Jack Harter Helicopter Tour – with no doors – the only away to ride in a chopper. Seeing the Napoli coast from the air was incredible. Most of the area is an uninhabited, lush green jungle and seeing it from the air gives a new perspective on the vastness of the coast. We did this tour after hiking Wimea and Kalalua, so we could point out where we’ve been and see the wilderness we had already hiked through.
- Hiking Kalalua Trail to Hanakapa’ai falls. We read about this tour, and were told we had to do it, and it did not disappoint. We arrived at 7:15AM and snagged the last parking spot in the main lot at Ka’a beach. Arriving this early was key because the trail can get crowded, and even the overflow lot down the road can fill up before noon.
The views and terrain were spectacular and the hike was not too strenuous, though we did see some “non-hikers” struggling with the unevan footing.
Halfway to the massive Hanakapa’ai waterfall is a beach, where it was too rough to swim, but had a brackish pool where you could take a dip. The full hike to Kalalua requires a permit, and next time, we’d like to do this full hike. We talked to a couple who were saddled with camping gear, and they told us about a campground 6 miles in. Sounds like a good plan for our next trip to Kauai. 🙂
Thanks for reading my Top Ten things to do on your Kauai honeymoon! To follow along with our adventures in Maui, checkout @deandbrineblog on Instagram.