5 Days in Paradise: Our Kauai Itinerary

· Beautiful hiking trails, beaches, and waterfalls --the perfect island getaway ·

September 4, 2017

Over spring break, Daniel and I traveled to Kauai + had an absolute BLAST exploring the island together.ย Here's our itinerary + guide to spending 5 days in paradise! It includes what to do, where to stay, and what to eat. Hope you guys enjoy the read and plan a trip over there soon! ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒด

Day 1:

Trek down to Wailua Falls

We started our week in Kauai with a trip down to the base of Wailua Falls. Guys, this waterfall is MAGIC. When we first arrived, we were welcomed by a gorgeous view of the falls, a light spray of mist, and a few long-tailed birds circling above us.

What’s cool about Wailua falls is that you can easily access the area behind it. To catch this unique view, you swim to the left of the falls and climb up the rocky surface. Be careful though, this area is VERY slippery. I actually fractured my toe on the way down (haha oops!) If you’re clumsy like me, you might want to pass up on this one.ย Safety first!!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ๐Ÿ‘Œ

๐Ÿš™ย The Parking Situation: It can get a bit hectic since there’s only a small lot in the area, but we didn’t have too wait long before being directed to a spot.

Click here to learn how to get to the base of the falls from the parking lot.

Day 2:

Relax + Reset at the Beach

Since I fractured my toe the day before, we decided to take it easy at one of Kauai’s gorgeous beaches on Day 2! There are several beaches to choose from throughout the island, but we opted for Haena Beach Park. This beach was a quick drive from the AirBnB we stayed at, and had beautiful views of both the ocean + the forest.

Here’s a great website that lists all the beaches you can visit in Kauai.

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market

On the way back to our AirBnB, we stopped by a local farmer’s market, and I’m so glad we did because WOW their fresh fruits (and smoothies!) were absolutely incredible.

I definitely recommend going to a farmer’s market if you get the chance. Not only do you get to taste some delicious, fresh fruits, but you also get to interact with local farmers and hear about their lives on the island–which is so cool!

Star Gaze When the Sun Goes Down

We ended our second day in Kauai with a clear view of the beautiful array of stars. In Kauai, there’s very little light pollution, so we had the incredible chance to lay down, relax, and enjoy the artwork that is our night’s sky–and it’s amazing.ย โœจ

Day 3:

Explore Queen’s Bath

Queen’s Bath, wow. What an island treasure. With it’s loud crashing waves, and it’s unique swimming hole, I would definitely recommend taking some time to enjoy Queen’s Bath.

If you’re planning on stopping by, be sure to check the surf in advance–it can actually be really dangerous if the conditions aren’t good (especially if you’re trying to take a dip in the swimming hole, which can only be accessed during certain months)!

๐Ÿš™ย The Parking Situation: There’s only a small lot right near the trail’s head, and not much street parking (if any) in the surrounding neighborhood. Be prepared to practice a little patience while waiting for a parking space to open up!

Hike the Na Pali Coast via theย Kalalau Trail

Even though I fractured my toe, I still hiked a portion of this trail since I was so excited for it. I’m so glad I made it as far as I did because both the jungle + coastal views were incredible!

Spend Sunset at Queen’s Bath

I told you guys we loved Queen’s bath! We were curious about what the area looked like at sunset, so we came back for golden hour and were not disappointed!

Day 4:

Experience Kauai from the Ocean withย Go Blue Adventures

I booked a boat tour last-minuteย not knowing what to expect, but I’m SO glad I did! The guides at Go Blue Adventure Tours were super knowledgeable about the island, had fun stories to tell, and were all-around great company for the day! They took us to several caves and showed us an incredible view of the island. We even got to swim with the marine life, which was amazing!

Day 5:

Relax at Anini Beach

Anini beach is a secret island gem. Since it was our last day on the island, Daniel and I spent some time reflecting on our adventures together. We also played with the baby chicks that were just hanging with their mom on the beach! Cuteness level = 100.ย ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ

Explore Waimea Canyon

We almost missed out on seeing Waimea Canyon since our Airbnb was relatively far away, but I’m so glad we made the drive. The gorgeous views were definitely worth it!

Another reason we decided to visit Waimea Canyon was that one of the guides at Go Blue Adventure Tours told us about a secret hike in the area. We didn’t expect it, but the trail lead us to one of the most awe-inspiring views I’ve ever experienced. Sitting on the edge of the cliff was surreal + slightly terrifyingย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย but obviously, 10/10 would recommend.

Where We Stayed:

AirBnB in Princeville

Daniel + I loved our little home in Kauai! We stayed at an Airbnb in Princeville, located in the Northern part of Kauai. I couldn’t find the exact listing that we stayed at, but our hosts (who have several properties on the island) can be found through this link. They were very quick to respond to our booking request, and were easily reached when I had questions about the property!

I definitely recommend staying on the North Shore of Kauai since it’s a quick drive to so many activities on the island! The only drawback is that it takes quite a while to reach Waimea Canyon from there. (But that was the only long drive that Daniel + I had to make during our stay)

What We Ate:

Eat Healthy Cafe:

We found this adorable organic restaurant on Yelp and decided to give it a try. The food was very tasty and the backyard setting was so cute! Definitely a good spot for date night.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ย The cafe is located on the eastern side of the island, so if you’re over there, definitely stop by!

(Photo found on Yelp)

Masa’s Sushi Restaurant:

This is such a cute little Japanese restaurant! The fish was delicious + fresh, and the restaurant is located right near the airport! Clickย hereย for the restaurant’s Yelp page.

Kauai Juice Co.

My goodness I am waiting for the day that they bring Kauai Juice Co. to SoCal! These juices are all freshly-made in small batches, using ingredients grown on the island. I swear their kombuchas are the best I’ve ever tasted. I low key miss them a lot + need some in my lifeย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Acai Bowl:

Not much to say except, YUM. Definitely give this stand a visit if you’re looking for a refreshing and tasty treat on the island! I couldn’t find the Yelp page for it, but it’s located in the shopping area off the highway in Hanalei (Northern Kauai).

That’s it for my tips on planning a trip to Kauai, thanks so much for being here! If you’d like to keep up with me + my future adventures, feel free to check out my Instagram or shoot me an e-mail via my contact page.

Wishing you a wonderful day + amazing future adventures!ย ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒด

With All My Love,
Serena Sun