How many days in Kauai?

Old Dec 17th, 2001, 12:19 PM
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How many days in Kauai?

About how many days would one need to spend on Kauai to not feel as if they are missing something, or feeling rushed to do everything? 3? 4? 5? More?

I'm wondering about Hawaii too.
Old Dec 17th, 2001, 12:27 PM
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Stayed in Kauai in September for 5 nights. Not enough. Gotta see the sights but also gotta sit by the pool or at the beach and throw down a few. More than 5 good restuarants so we didn't hit them all.

Fewer than 5 nights would really be too short considering you have an arrival day and a departure day, when would you see anything?

Went to the BI for 4 nights a few years ago. As long as you don't know what you are missing you could stay there for that long. Now that I know what I didn't see I'd say longer.
Old Dec 17th, 2001, 01:34 PM
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A couple of times we've stayed 21 days and still didn't have enough time to do all the things we want.
Something about getting caught up in "Island Style" may have something to do with it, though. ;^ )

5-7 may be a good "non-rushed" time period to enjoy my favorite island.

Old Dec 18th, 2001, 10:54 AM
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We've been to Kauai on three seperate vacations with a maximum of 22 days the first trip and 14 on the third.

We've stayed in Waimea and Hanalei. This island is different from the others - more laid back - less night life - with lots of outdoor activities and beaches to visit.

Personally, I would take as much time as you can on Kauai.

- Kalalau Valley and Waimea Canyon.
- Hanalei - great town and gorgeous
- Views from the Princeville Hotel.
- Shopping in Kapaa.
- Galleries and Vegetarian Restaurant
in Hanapepe.
- Pizza at Brick Oven Pizza.

Great Guide Book - The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook by Andrew Dought and Harriet Friedman.

Have a great holiday!
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 11:09 AM
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A week is about right to see most of the sights and have some time to relax at the beach.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 11:41 AM
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I agree with the others who have responded. You can't spend too many days there. You do get "transformed" into the island mode and you don't want to rush to do everthing you have planned. You should spend as many days as you can afford to and see what you can see in that time. Feeling rushed and packing in every site is not what Kauai is about. If you can only spend a few days, then do an activity or two each day and save the rest for a future trip. The island will "call you back!" Aloha.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 11:48 AM
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Ross is so right. The island does call you back. Spend all your days on one island if you have only a week. You'll enjoy your time so much more.

yeah yeah, it's 12 mo days now. Don't worry it's just the jealousy coming out.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 12:09 PM
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Remember the daylight is short in winter and sightseeing is limited to daylight hours.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 12:16 PM
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Is the daylight really shorter for places closer to the equator? I thought the daylight pretty much stayed the same in those places. I remember when I lived in So CA the days in the winter were not as dark as they are now in the pacific NW.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 12:31 PM
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Well, not extremely short, but shorter. We would get to the other side of the island of Hawaii and Kauai, and it would get dark so early that we drove back in the dark many days. Just something to think about.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 12:43 PM
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If you want to see the time of sunrise or sunset you can use this web site: Looks like the earliest sunset on Kauai this year was 5:53 pm in late November early December and the latest was 7:25 pm in late June and early July.
Old Dec 18th, 2001, 09:08 PM
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