Kauai in One Day

Old Jan 5th, 2005, 02:05 PM
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Kauai in One Day

I have one full day in Kauai in mid-June. I know it is not near enough time and I know I will not capture Kauai's true relaxed nature but that is all I have. My hotel is 15 minutes north of the airport and I plan to see as much as I can with a rental car.

What shouldn't I miss? What should I try to see if I have the time? Which part of the island should I visit first? I hope to end up at sunset in the Princeville area unless you tell me that is a bad time to see the nearby sites (e.g., too crowded).

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Jan 5th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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Based on you're existing plans, if I only had one day I'd spend it exploring the north shore area. You can visit the other parts of the island on your next trip when you can have more time to actually enjoy all that Kauai has to offer. (Once you see the north shore of Kauai, there WILL be a "next trip") Enjoy your one day at an enjoyable pace rather than forcing yourself into a hectic schedule.
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One thing I tell folks to do, is take every road that looks interesting -- and these tend to be the ones which head toward the sea.

The don't-miss sites are the ones the tourist books recommend -- especially Kilauea Lighthouse, Guava Kai Plantation,
a stroll through Hanalei town and a walk on Hanalei Pier, the drive (and views) at Ke`e Beach. If you've got time, take a tour of the indigenous plantings at Limahuli Gardens (one of our island's _two_ National Tropical Botanical Gardens!).

Sunset at Princeville Hotel (as long as it's not raining...argh), is simply spectacular.

Have a _wonderful_ day!
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Old Jan 5th, 2005, 07:37 PM
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Great advice from auntie! Too bad she can only regret grey skies. Could use her help shoveling out.......ah the smell of fresh snow weighing on the back and shovel!!! Priceless!!! All shades of the NorthShore of Kauai are beautiful, wind,rain,shine. I would choose to relax into the north shore, and enjoy it's beaches, hike 500 ft or more of Napali Coast, eat a fish taco at the place in hanalei, hang in hanalei, watching surfers until it's time to head to Princeville for a great burger or California roll in the livingroom at sunset! Ahhhh, August is just a breeze away!!!!
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I think you need to take a helicopter trip early in the morning then spend the day in the water snorkeling on the Northshore. The views from the helicopter are absolutely awesome.
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