Kauai Travel Diary (Vol. 1)

The day has finally arrived - here is my Travel Diary from Kauai! This took quite a bit of time to write just because we did so much and saw so many amazing things! We actually tried to write this as one post but had so much to say we decided to do it in a couple of volumes. If any of you guys are planning on going to Kauai any time soon, I hope this post will be helpful to you. I also want to say a special thanks to Brian for helping me write this post, and for taking me to see a place that means so much to him and where he spent so much of his life.


  • Boat Cruise: Although my seasickness kept me from joining, Brian and his friends and family went on a Blue Dolphin Charters cruise up the Na Pali coast. This rugged part of the island is only accessible by boat or helicopter and according to Brian is one of the most beautiful places he's been on the planet, so seeing it is highly recommended! The cruise also included a snorkel stop and Brian saw a sea turtle as soon as he got in the water - a highlight of his birthday. This part of the Pacific Ocean is almost always rough though, so if you are prone to seasickness bring dramamine!
  • Golf: Kauai has some of the most beautiful, and expensive, golf courses in the world. Brian did his research before we went and found Puakea. Because it's more of a locals' course, it is cheaper than some of other courses on the island (especially if you go in the afternoon). That said, the views of the mountains are still spectacular. 
  • Luau: I loved day seven in Kauai because we went to my first-ever luau! Luckily I was not the only one who was a newbie at luaus (there were a few people in our group who was a newbie at Hawaii like me too) so I found out that a luau involves a LOT of food, especially pork cooked in a pit outside, and hula dancing. There was an open bar so we all helped ourselves to more Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiis. We were treated to a musical of a Hawaiian legend. It was so beautiful and it really made me want to learn how to hula dance! The food was served buffet style at Gaylord's Plantation in Lihue. The luau was called Kalamaku
  • Surfing Lessons: One must-do for me in paradise was a surf lesson. Once again Brian did his research and took us to Titus Kinimaka school of surfing in Hanalei. After a quick tutorial we were on the water and I'm proud to say, of all the people in my class I did the best (hehe)! I actually only fell off my board twice and both times it was because there were children/dogs in my way when I was approaching the shore so I couldn't stop in time. To be fair, we only rode small waves but I was proud of myself nonetheless. 
  • Koloa Rum Tasting: I wasn't able to join them, but Brian and his family visit the Koloa rum tasting room. Koloa rum is made on Kauai from local sugarcane, and we enjoyed using it in our homemade mai tais. Check it out if you are a rum drinker!

Sights to See

  • Waimea Canyon: We went to what was called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." It is truly a sight to behold! It's easy to drive to all the lookout spots (though be warned, it's a rather windy road) and there are lots of hiking opportunities. We even found a local fruit stand and got try some homemade baked goods and fresh coconut. The road along the canyon ends in Koke'e State Park, which has some spectacular views of the Kalalau Valley. If you find yourself there go past the Kalalau lookout to the one the road dead ends into - it is less crowded and has better views. 
  • Kalapaki Beach: We went to many beaches on Kauai, but this was our "home" beach and in my opinion was the best on the island for swimming. We loved being able to get drinks at the Marriott, and because it's in a protected bay, the water was calm enough for us to spend the whole day there. If you go make sure to check out the Kalapaki Beach Hut and the "Da Life" shop, and get a "Put the Lime in the Coconut" at the Marriott bar.
  • Hanalei Bay: Hanalei Bay is on the north shore of Kauai, which is the most green and lush part of the island. The bay has one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, although it was a bit rougher than our "home" beach in Kalapaki Bay. The views can't be beat though! This is also where we took our surf lesson, and enjoyed walking around the small, offbeat town of Hanalei.
Stay tuned next week for Volume 2 of our Kauai Travel post when we talk about Hawaiian eats and shopping!


  1. Kauai looked so amazing! I want to go immediately!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  2. Kauai looks beautiful! I've only been to Oahu and Maui but now you're making me want to go to Kauai! Sounds like there's a lot to do there and you're so cute on that surfboard!


  3. These photos look so gorgeous – Hawaii is on my bucketlist!! Glad you and Brian had such an amazing time, can't wait to see volume two!

  4. Hanalei is one of the most beautiful parts of the island! There are so many uncrowded, beautiful beaches there!

    Carrie | https://stellatide.com/

  5. For sure surfing lessons! I didn't went to Kauai. But it would be something I wouldn't miss. So fun!

  6. What a trip to remember! Attending a real life luau sounds amazing. :-)

    xoxo A

  7. This looks like an incredible trip! I've been to Hawaii, but never Kauai. Maybe next time! :) XO, Nicole // www.nicolecoppins.com

  8. Oh my goodness I'm adding it to the bucket list! Kauai is absolutely stunning!

  9. I was actually there yearsssss ago with my family. I'd love to go back with my husband!! So beautiful & I remember everyone was so friendly xx

  10. I would love to go there, it looks so beautiful!

  11. The pictures are beautiful! Sounds like you had an awesome time.

  12. this looked like such an amazing trip! I couldn't imagine how excited you were to attend your first luau, because I know I would've been so pumped. x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

  13. Omg your trip sounds AMAZING! I have been to Maui, but not Kauai. Definitely on my list!

  14. My boyfriend just got back from a trip to Hawaii, and as If I wasn't already jealous enough, this post made me even more so. I love dolphin cruises! Such a shame you couldn't go, but I'm glad they enjoyed it. I would love to go to a luau! How awesome! And I've always wanted to surf. Geez. I just need to go to Hawaii.

  15. This is amazing! I am DYING to go to Kauai so I'm bookmarking this!

    Coming Up Roses

  16. I also visited Kauai this summer with my family and I totally agree with what you're saying! I LOVED the island and can't wait to go back!


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