Kaua'i, HI
Hawaii
By Libby Wilke

Ever wish you could push the “SLOW” button on life?  If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life, there is no better place to slow down than on the beautiful island of Kaua’i, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. From its beautiful beaches to majestic canyons and waterfalls, the “Garden Isle” is a tropical paradise where life moves at a relaxing pace.

WhatsCheaper.com recommends you treat yourself to a vacation on Kaua’i.  Fly into Lihue Airport (LIH), located on the island’s east side.  Head to the booking page (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to book your flight to Kaua’i through WhatsCheaper.com.  Tourism is a major industry on Kaua’i, so there is definitely no shortage of fabulous hotels. Click the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to view some great options, and let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your stay!

With so many great beaches on the island, WhatsCheaper.com suggests you start your stay by soaking up some sun. Before hitting the beach, however, be sure to check surf conditions, and make sure you will be able to do what you want to do, and do it safely. On the North Shore, spend some time at the beautiful, sandy Hanalei Bay beach. You can find great snorkeling and swimming at Ke’e Beach, or head west for fantastic surfing at Tunnels Beach.  The surfing on the North Shore is especially good when the winter swell picks up!
 
If you’re primarily interested in snorkeling, check out the south side of the island, where the reef gives shelter marine life of all kinds. Some excellent beaches on the south side include Prince Kuhio (don’t be surprised if you have to share the beach here with some sea lions!), Shipwrecks Beach and Po’ipu Beach Park. Near Po’ipu Beach in the Koloa district of Kaua’i, you can see the famous “Spouting Horn,” a natural blowhole created by water being forced through a naturally occurring lava tube, and resulting in a spout as high as 50 feet in the air during the highest surf.  

The east and west sides of the island provide visitors with long, sandy beaches with good swimming and surfing conditions, depending on time of year.  East side beaches include Wailua Beach and Kalapaki Beach.  If you’re on the west side, Kekaha Beach and Polihale Beach (Hawaii’s biggest gold-sand beach) are sure to give you hours of fun in the sun.

For a unique way to experience Kaua’I and its history, WhatsCheaper.com suggests a trip to the Kamokila Hawaiian Village, the closest thing to an ancient Hawaiian village you are likely to see. This small “village” nestled along the Waimea River features tours and attractions, some guided, and activities designed to teach visitors about the history of the land and the people of Hawaii. There is a fee for entrance to the Kamokila Hawaiian Village, but visitors can partake in crafts, hikes, rides in outrigger canoes, and even a lu’au. 

Finally, make sure you take some time to stop at Waimea Canyon State Park, where you will find the Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and the reason why Kaua’i is referred to as the “Garden Isle”.  Entrance to the park is free, and inside the park are some of the state’s finest and greenest hiking trails, ranging from short 15 minute hikes (iliau nature loop) to 6 mile more strenuous treks (Waimea Canyon Loop) meant for serious hikers. Views down into the canyon, of Waipo’o Falls and out onto the remote island of Ni’ihau will leave hikers wowed.

If you are truly looking to live that relaxing island life, and get an authentic Hawaiian experience, WhatsCheaper.com knows there is no better place than the island of Kaua’i. See the above links, and begin booking your Hawaiian vacation today! A hui hou!

MUST SEE IN Kaua'i, HI LIST:

  • 1. Hanalei Bay
  • 2. Waimea Canyon State Park
  • 3. Kamokila Hawaiian Village
  • 4. Spouting Horn
  • 5. Kilauea Lightouse
  • 6. Kaua�i Museum
  • 7. Polihale Beach Park
  • 8. Koke�e State Park
  • 9. Na�Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
  • 10. Nounou Mountain

Kaua'i, HI EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Waimea Town Celebration - February
  • 2. Prince Kuhio Festival - March
  • 3. Kaua'i World Challenge Canoe Race - April
  • 4. Kaua'i Polynesian Festival - May
  • 5. Koloa Plantation Days - July
  • 6. International Tahitian Dance Competition - August
  • 7. Kaua'i Marathon - September
  • 8. Coconut Festival - October
  • 9. Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival - November
  • 10. Festival of Lights - December

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Sheraton Kauai Resort
2440 Hoonani Road, Koloa, Kauai, HI
By Jennie O'Connor

Few destinations feel more like the Garden of Eden than Kauai. WhatsCheaper.com recommends the Sheraton Kauai Resort, where you can experience bliss from the world-famous Poipu Beach. Located 15 miles from Lihue Airport (LIH), the hotel is walking distance from excellent shopping, dining and museums, as well as many cultural wonders native to “the Garden Isle.” Take a shuttle or taxi from the airport, or rent a car and choose valet or complimentary self-parking. Reaching nirvana here is a simple task; with a concierge available until 8 p.m. and the convenience of an ATM in the lobby, you never have to venture far to get what you need.

Of the hotel’s 394 smoke-free guest rooms, 11 are suites. Each room features a King or two double beds, and boasts a 32” flat-screen TV with cable, coffee maker and refrigerator. Guests with children can obtain a complimentary crib or rollaway for an additional charge, and the Sheraton Kauai Resort will even provide a pet bed for your four-legged family members.

Two sparkling pools offer reprieve from the sun’s rays, and eight private cabanas equipped with chaises and flat-screens will make you want to stay forever. Get your daily workout at the 24-hour fitness center or tennis courts, or attend a complimentary beach yoga class. When you need refreshment, make your way to Lava’s, the beach spot that serves delicious snacks from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the evening, taste renowned wines at the resort’s Social Hour, then enjoy local ingredients prepared with international flare at Rum Fire (5:30 to 10 p.m.). For a light snack or a frothy cappuccino, the Link Café makes a perfect pit stop. And be sure not to miss the authentic 'Auli'i Lu'au, where guests are treated to a beachside Hawaiian buffet and entertainment by local performers.

The Link@Sheraton features Internet workstations and free Wi-Fi so guests can stay connected. Host your event in one of nine meeting rooms, some overlooking the Pacific; what guest wouldn’t be thrilled to attend your function at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, where in between “business as usual” they can get their fill of boogie boarding or snorkeling at the Beach Activities Center, or get pampered for an additional fee at the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa or on-site salon? It may sound to good to be true, but if you click this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and let WhatsCheaper.com help make your reservation, you’ll be one step closer to paradise.

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