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Kauai Recommendations

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

The Gypsea Traveller is a Hawaii Travel Agency. The Owner, Libbi is a travel agent that lives in Hawaii. she has visited all of the Hawaiian Islands and lives on Oahu. This blog has a ton of recommendations based on first hand experience living in Hawaii.


Kauai is one of my favorite islands due to being lush, green and having the tropical look that you picture when you think of Hawaii. Kauai is known for the Na Pali Coast which can only be seen by sea or air. Witnessing the Na Pali Mountains drop from the clouds to the sea is absolutely amazing. You might even see dolphins while you explore the coast by boat. Kauai is also known for Waimea Canyon which is one of the wettest places in the world. Kauai is best for visitors that want to be outdoors and explore the island. Hiking is popular on Kauai, as well as kayaking the Wailua River, mountain tubing in the old sugar cane ditches and enjoying the many beaches.


Excursions

I highly recommend booking your excursions as soon as you book your vacation. Excursions are booking up months in advance. I can help recommend the best ones and make sure you book them ahead of time.

Island Tours Waimea Canyon Tour

Catamaran/Boat Tours Niihau and Na Pali Coast Na Pali Dinner and sunset cruise

Na Pali Snorkel

Surf, SUP, Kayak Wailua River Kayak Tour

Adventurous ATV Tour Zipline

Mountain Tubing

Luau's

Smith's Kauai Luau Smith's Luau is popular on Kauai. They've been operating for over 50 years. They are known for their fire knife dance.

Auli'i Luau The Auli'i Luau is at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Spa. The Luau is located on the ocean. They also have fire knife dancers.

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Recommended Restaurants


I highly recommend making reservations anywhere you want to eat. Some places are only taking reservations. We found eating at some local spots at around 4-5pm wasn't at busy and we usually didn't have to wait.


North Shore

Trucking Delicious Cafe They have breakfast and brunch.

Tahiti Nui Featured in the movie The Descendants. They have fresh fish, and Hawaiian food.

Hanalei Bread Company They are an organic bakery and coffee house.

Hanalei Taro & Juice Company Local Hawaiian food truck with yummy smoothies.

Tiki Iniki A fun tiki bar with Hawaiian food, cocktails and happy hour.

Wishing Well Shave Ice, Acai Bowls and Organic Coffee.

Kapaa

El Taco Feliz Yummy Mexican food if you're wanting something other than Hawaiian food.

Lava Lava Beach Club Offers beachfront and toes in the sand dining.

Sam's Oceanview Oceanfront, great food and a bar!

Leong's Meat House Local meat, poke and plate lunches.

Kountry Kitchen Cafe Known for delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Kapaa Street Burger The freshest burgers in town! Burgers come with complementary sea salt fries.

Wailua Shave Ice They have lot's of flavors of shave ice to choose from.


Java Kai

Yummy breakfast items

Lihue Kauai Beer Company Who doesn't like local beer and comfort food?

Koloa La Spezia They have homestyle Italian dishes.

Da Crack A simple but delicious Mexican restaurant.

Naruto Noodles A great place to get ramen, rice bowls and more.

Kickshaws They have burgers, sandwiches and more.

Eating House 1849 A restaurant by Roy Yamaguchi known for local Hawaiian and local fare.

Keoki's Paradise Enjoy exotic tropical drinks, a great wine selection, and island style food.

Poipu/Koloa


The Fresh

Amazing shave ice with all natural and unique flavors


If you've been dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation, but don't know where to start to plan your vacation, book your free 30 minute consultation with The Gypsea Traveller, a Hawaii Travel Agency to learn more. Libbi can help you book a vacation package that includes your flight, the perfect resort for you, car rental or airport transfers and insurance. She can also custom design an itinerary for you based on excursion and restaurant recommendations.


Libbi is a travel agent, that lives in Hawaii and has visited all of the Hawaiian Islands. She loves helping clients book their dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. You can visit www.thegypseatraveller.com and click on "Schedule Consult" to choose a date/time to zoom with Libbi, The Gypsea Traveller




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