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Trip Report Kauai Vacation - Absolute Perfection!

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Finally getting around to reporting on our trip last year as we are about to go on our 2nd trip to Kauai in a few weeks!

Kauai Vacation November 2010

Family of 4, Parents in there 20s/30s and the kids, ages 5 and 1 ½.

First trip to Hawaii for all of us.

Great tips from friends/forums/guidebooks heeded: Packed brand new/never seen toys,books, and coloring books for the plane, as well as new downloaded movies on the iPad. Also packed lots of small snacks. Kids did great.

Flew Hawaiian Airlines from Seattle to Kauai, with one brief stop on Honolulu. No complaints! We checked the car-seats and skipped buying a ticket for the little one(glad we did, he only wanted to sit with dad anyway). Had a great rate, $360 PP(all included).

Rented a Cottage in Kapaa, away from the beach. We did not miss being away from the ocean at all. It was magical waking up to the sounds of the jungle – although my husband wanted to shoot the roosters. Could also not imagine staying in a hotel after that. It was so nice to have so much space. Our hosts were great too, super friendly and helpful, but gave us plenty of privacy. About $170 a night with all the taxes, cleaning fee, etc included.

Loved Kapaa as a base. Easy to get into town for supplies, and well as nearby Kealia Beach and Lydgate Beach for swimming/beach time. Of the 10 days we were there, we went to Lydgate about 7 times! Also loved how easy it was to get to the North Shore(LOVED Hanalei Bay/Town and Tunnels), as well as the South(Enjoyed Poipu Beach, Puka Dog, and Sprouting Horn) and the West(Waimea Canyon, Pu'u o Kila Lookout, and Polihale Beach).

We had no set itinerary, just links and notes on things that interested us, so we could just take it one day at a time and decide in the morning which place we wanted to see/thing we wanted to do. We would either plan to do something early so we could come “home” during my son's nap in the afternoon then have an afternoon excursion, or we would plan our longer drives during his nap-time. It worked out perfectly.

Also we packed lightly, and will pack even lighter next time. It's so easy to get what you need there. The prices are not too high that it would out-weigh the inconvenience of having to think of every single thing you need before you go. And I'm sure once you figure in baggage fees(we just took 3 carry-ons) you would still save or at least break even just buying there.

The Weather was great pretty much the whole time we were there. We live in Seattle and are used to the rain, but it seemed to rain mostly at night, so it didn't hinder any plans or tans :) The water was at the perfect temperature for us!

Food: We usually bought food at Safeway or Fruit Stands and made meals at home. We had a lot of picnics(easy for us with the kids). We only ate out a few times. We also skipped trying a Luau this time, as we knew one of us would just spend the whole time chasing our son. Hopefully we will get to try that next time.

Looking forward to doing a day-by-day report with things we did, places we saw, etc very soon. I appreciate all the help I got on this forum, both by browsing the threads and posting my own questions, so I'm am trying to return the favor!

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