Kauai Tourist Traps

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Kauai Tourist Traps

  • Fern Grotto a manicured jungle

    I took the Fern Grotto tour in the late 1980's prior to the massive hurricane "Iniki" in 1992 which annihilated much of the island. It was fun, you took a boat down to the grotto and walked a rough and tumbled path to the grotto. At that time you could actually walk in to the grotto area. Ok so in 2009, the flat boats still take you up top the...

  • Polynesian Adventure Tours

    Polynesian Adventure Tours, was by far the worst thing we could have waisted our money on. My family had decided that we wanted to see another island besides Oahu. So, we though that we should visit the garden island, Kaua'i ! We were so excited because of how everyone spoke of Kaua'i. It was a paradise! So, we said, lets go for it! We went to our...

  • Souevener shopping... or tourist trap?

    My family and I decided to go on a one day tour of Kaua'i. The tour is another story! The souvenere shops, were like set ups. Our tour guide would tell us these crazy stories of shells, and how unique they are, and the red dirt shirts and everything, and we would end up stoping at these rest stops and tourist stores... the prices would be way over...

  • Do your research on expensive...

    One thing I highly recommend is to acquire a Kaua'i guidebook of some sort before you go on vacation. There are some very expensive restaurants on Kaua'i. Some earn their weight in gold...but, others aren't that great for the price. My best suggestion is to read reviews online and check out guidebooks if you want a special dining experience. If you...

  • Go local - Hawaiian Keoki brewed in ...

    It's allways nice to taste the local brew. And it may appear that the Keoki brand is the local Kauai brew. Both their Kekoi Gold and Kekoi Sunset are fairly good brews, but have a close look at the label and you'll se that is says "Brewed and bottled by: Keoki Brewing Co. Gilroy, CA". So be aware. The company is supposed to have brewing activities...

  • Kayak Secret (or Hidden) Falls

    Kayaking up the Wailua River, the same river the Fern Grotto boats drive and water skiiers fly, to a 100-foot waterfall is apparently a must-do for many tourists. By must-do, I mean while you are kayaking, you see the other kayakers all over the river, on the trail, and at the waterfall. It's not that expensive (compare to all the other tours on...

  • Don't get your souvenirs at fancy shops

    Wal-Mart has a store in Lihu'e. Stop by to get your PASALUBONGS (gifts) here. Beach wear, macadamia nuts, coffee, anything Hawaiian...Foodland (a grocery store chain) also has a souvenir department.

  • Buying Souvenirs

    This is a close to a tourist trap that I can think of, price your souvenirs before you buy. Don't just buy from the first store, when there are a few shops to choose from, first look and then compare prices. We noticed many price variations with stores next door to each other. Sometimes you will buy one item and find the price was doubled upon...

  • Fern grotto - it's just a small cave

    It's just a cave with a few small ferns growing near the top. Maybe it was awe-inspiring before hurricane Iniki trashed it in 1992, but now, well...I've got more green stuff growing in my fridge.My disappointment was compounded by the boat ride, which is the only way to get there and back. Not mentioned at the time we bought our tickets were...

  • Time Share makes your tours cheaper

    If you go to a travel agent to can get a great discount if you will go to a time share presentation. You will get 2 for one offers or even greater discounts. If you want to spend two hours of your holydays listening to a sales presentation you should accept the deal.Take in mind. If you agree to go to a sales presentation the chance of purchasing...

  • Spouting Horn

    Wave action creates pressure inside an old lava tube, causing the water to jet out of a hole on top of a rock bench. In addition to the main blowhole, there are several holes that generate smaller fountaining or at least get flooded from inside as the wave pounds the rock. Catching a good blow in a picture requires good timing and patience,...

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