Poipu Travel Guide

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Poipu Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful, lush, green, quieter than Oahu & Maui, no high rises 

  • Con
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     Expensive to get to 

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     Idyllic spot I'd like to live. 

Poipu Things to Do

  • Shipwreck Beach

    Shipwreck Beach is a nice little beach located just east of the Grand Hyatt Poipu Beach property. It’s a favorite spot for surfers. The water usually provides moderate waves for surfers and boogie boarders but is also gentle enough for swimmers. It’s a pretty beach with hike-able cliffs nearby that are easy to navigate and provide beautiful views....

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  • Visit nearby Koloa

    Odds are you will pass through Koloa on your way to Poipu. It is a charming little town with important Hawaiian history that is worth a visit. It was the first sugar plantation town in all Hawaii, and the small, free historical displays in the Koloa History Center give a good impression of life during the plantation years. Many of the town's...

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  • Spouting Horn

    Spouting Horn Beach Park is a wonderful stop on Kauai's south shore near Poipu. The rugged shoreline here has an opening in a lava shelf, and when the waves rush in water is forced through the hole and spews up in the air hundreds of feet. There is another hole nearby that doesn't blow water, but only air, making weird noises, only adding to the...

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  • Cliff walk at Makawehi

    Leading east from Shipwreck Beach there is an interesting walk along the rugged cliffs. The access is easy, just up the trail from the beach, which has a small parking lot. The cliffs were formed from cemented sand dunes that have been roughly eroded from wind, water and salt over the centuries. It is a rather unusual and interesting scene, surely...

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  • Kiahuna or Sheraton Beach

    This beach may be overlooked by some visitors because you don't see it from the main road. Access is easy, however; there is a small parking lot just to the west of the Sheraton, and there is a smaller lot and some street parking on the other side of the hotel. You can also walk there from Poipu beach by a small path along the shore. It's about 100...

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  • Poipu Beach Park

    This is probably the most popular beach on Kauai's south shore. There is good, safe swimming, easy access, picnic tables, and one of the few examples of a tombolo - a narrow stretch of land/sand leading from the shore out to a point. When the tide is right, the ocean waves come up from both sides. This is where monk seals often rest also (see...

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Poipu Restaurants

  • Tropical atmosphere - good food

    Keoki's Paradise is one restaurant in a family of similar places in Hawaii. The appeal here is the atmosphere that they created to make it feel like a tropical paradise, complete with lush vegetation, thatched roofs, even a small stream going through between the bar and restaurant. Perhaps it seems somewhat contrived, but it is pretty.We only came...

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  • Gourmet Hawaiian Fusion

    Roy’s is a Hawaiian institution, and if you’re going to eat at a Roy’s there’s no better place than in Hawaii. Known for gourmet fish and great tropical drinks, you can find celeb chef Roy Yamaguchi’s signature restaurants all over the United States and in Japan and Guam but the concept was born here in Hawaii. The cuisine is Hawaiian fusion...

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  • At the Kiahuna Plantation Resort

    Our firts night in Poipu we werent sure where to go for diner and we didnt want to drive to much so we ate at our hotel/condo. There was a restaurant in the premisses so we decided to check it out. There were flowers, orchids, and greenery everywhere. People were dressed in nice shorts and shirts, the ladies in dresses. I dont think there was a...

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  • Keoki's Paradise

    Keoki's is an open-air restaurant with thatched roofs, koa paneling and old Hawaii posters and surfboards lining the walls. It has a casual, polynesian flair, and at night tiki lights are lit.Their specialty is fresh fish that is prepared a number of ways, plus they have steaks, ribs and chicken.The bar serves wonderful tropical drinks.At least one...

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  • A favorite with locals!

    This is a little whole-in-the-wall type of place I never would have found or even considered going to if it weren't for the recommendation in "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook." It's located in Koloa and attached to Sueoka's Market but sits back in the parking lot.In general meals are expensive in Kauai but not here as nothing is higher than around...

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  • Located in a restored plantation manor

    The Plantation Gardens Restaurant and Bar is located in the renovated estate of the owner of Hawaii's first sugar plantation. It was built in the 1930's and was later sold to the Moir family who planted the famous "Moir Gardens" that surround the restaurant. The open-air setting is gorgeous overlooking tropical gardens, lilly ponds, orchid & cactus...

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Poipu Nightlife

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    by Etoile2B Written Jul 27, 2009

    There isn’t much of a bar scene in Koloa / Poipu so we decided to try Stevenson’s Library over in the Grand Hyatt Resort. The bar is absolutely gorgeous but there isn’t much of a lively scene here. The patrons are mostly resort guests and the average age was around 50 when we visited. They offer live music nightly and serve food. But this is a resort so the drinks are pricey. It’s worth checking out the beautiful facility if you’re at the Grand Hyatt but it’s not worth going out of your way to have a drink here. If you’re looking for a youthful, lively, vibrant bar scene look elsewhere.

    Dress Code: Resort Casual

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Poipu Transportation

  • Poipu Transportation - Taxi

    Regular taxi rates on Kauai are $ 3.00 per mile and .30 for every 45 seconds (.40 per minute). Poipu has limited taxi transportation. To get around Poipu when you want to go out to dinner either at Poipu Shopping Village (Roys, Keoki's Paradise or Tropical Burgers), The Shops At Kukuiula (Merrimans, Tortilla Republic, Dolphins, Josselin Tapas Bar &...

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  • Lihue Airport

    The only way to land on Kauai for most people is at Lihue Airport, which is located about 2 miles east of the town of Lihue.Its airport designate is LIH, so when you are booking your flight, search for rates to get you to Lihue. Most likely, you will be connected via Hawaiian or Aloha Airlines, but there are also some direct flights on American and...

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  • From LAX

    By Air: United & American both have non-stop flights directly to Lihue, Kauai. Flights with Hawaiian, Alaska, ATA & Aloha require a connection in Honolulu. By Car: A car is necessary to get around this island. Poipu Beach is 16 miles from the airport and generally under a 30 minute drive. Roads are one lane each direction so at times can back up...

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Poipu Shopping

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    by Etoile2B Written Feb 3, 2009

    If you need groceries while you’re in Koloa or Poipu you have a couple options. Big Save is the largest grocery store in town. They have a wide selection and here you’ll find most anything you’d need n the mainland. They have a full liquor department as well as prepared foods in the deli area. Their prices are reasonable, but remember, since you’re on an island prices will be higher here than at home.

    What to buy: I highly recommend a trip to the prepared foods counter while you’re here. They have a great selection of poke and other Asian and Hawaiian specialties that are delicious. It might not look like much but it’s delicious and worth it.

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Poipu Local Customs

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    Hens in Waimea Canyon

    by jenn_d Written Jun 10, 2006

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    From the moment you leave the airport you will see chickens everywhere. The birds are not shy around people and many stores sell bird feed. Locals say they are not edible.

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Poipu Tourist Traps

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    by jenn_d Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    I WISH I HAD A PICTURE! The Coconut shopping center in Kapaa is a waste of time. Each shop sold the same souveneirs, all of which were poorly made and most likely not even from Hawaii. We had a few hours to kill before our flight and decided to check out the shooping in Kapaa as recommended by another guest at the wedding. After poking our heads in a few shops we opted for drink at Duke's in Lihue.

    Fun Alternatives: Drive another hour to Princeville for shopping.

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Poipu Off The Beaten Path

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    by Avryle Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    Since Hawaii allows outcall massage, we had certified massage therapist, Larry Hunt, come to the condo where we stayed. He charges $80 for the first hour, $60 for each additional hour. He's trained in Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, Lomi Lomi and Russian massage. Well worth every penny though we should have waited until after kayaking to have him come in!

    Also, Larry is a registered member on VT now (as a result of my initial tip!) so I'm sure he'd welcome any email inquiries through VT or through his web site listed below. Have a great massage!!

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Poipu Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkeling Beaches

    The best snorkeling beaches around Poipu are at Poipu Beach Park & Beachhouse Beach. Other good areas are the crescent beaches by the Marriott, Kiahuna Plantation & the Sheraton.Poipu Beach Park - from Poipu Rd. make a right on Ho'owili Road. Road ends at Ho'one Rd. There is plenty of parking on the right corner of these 2 roads. There are public...

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  • Kiahuna Golf Club

    Another 18-hole Robert Trent Jr. designed golf course in the heart of Poipu Beach. Although it is not along the beach it does provide views of the ocean, mountains and beautiful homes along the course.Par - 70Yardage - 6,885Walking allowed, five-some allowed.Club house, pro shop, lessons & rentalsGreen Fees:7 am to 11 am - $7511 am to 2:30 pm -...

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  • The Grand Slam of Golf

    Poipu Bay Golf Course - This Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course is located adjacent to the Hyatt Regency and is home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. It offers spectacular scenery along the ocean and a challenging 18 holes. Green Fees - $185 (cart and range balls included)After 3 pm - $65Golf Lessons per half hour - $40Hours: 6:30 am to 6...

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seals

    Hawaiian Monk Seals are one of only two species of animals endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. They are high on the endangered species list with only 1,300 left in the world. It is an amazing site to catch a glimpse of one of these incredible animals but if you are lucky enough to encounter one of them on your trip please be advised that since they...

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  • Poipu Beach Park

    This park is comprised of a series of golden crescent shaped beaches great for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. There are some very safe shallow areas ideal for even the youngest toddlers. Surfing is best past the reef areas. There is a large lawn area with coconut palms bordering the beach plus covered picnic areas and a playground. There are...

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  • Beach at Kiahuna/Sheraton

    Poipu Beach is known to have one of the best beaches in the world per "The Travel Channel". This gorgeous crescent shaped beach is protected by a reef and offers good swimming, snorkeling & surfing. There is mild surf close to shore at one end of the crescent which is ideal for those just learning how to surf. Lessons are given daily to visitors of...

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