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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Water Adventures on Kauai - Summer Countdown 2014

It is so great seeing comments from our Friends on Facebook.  Many are returning from recent visits, while many more are counting the days until they arrive back on Kauai. Best part is, all the messages and comments seem to have the same theme:  “Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate is the only way to go when coming to Kauai”“Kauai Vacation Rentals provided us with a wonderful honeymoon experience in a magical place…” and “Hey Friends, let’s get one of those Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials and meet up for vacation!”

WOW!  That really puts great big smiles on our faces because, for 35+ years, our mission is to help guests plan and Enjoy a well-deserved vacation on the beautiful island we call home. Thanks for all your feedback, it serves as a reminder that we are achieving our goal – which makes us even more excited to share the wonderful things happening on Kauai this summer in our 5-part Spectacular Summer Countdown!

Watch for our photos and posts. They share highlights from our latest Feature stories that we invite you to share with your Friends. Upcoming summer countdown themes include: Kauai Outdoors, Spa Lounging, Kauai Fitness and Exercise, and Kauai After Dark! This month, we kick off our series with Water Adventures, which is filled with great ideas for everyone! 

Remember, every Wednesday we post Wiki Wiki Wednesday specials on Facebook and Twitter. They provide great travel value for all our Friends – and your Friends’ Friends, too!  So let’s dive into our first summer theme! We know this will get you excited and before you know it, you’ll be chillaxing poolside Enjoying a summer read on the beach, and celebrating “all the good times” that happen every day here on the Garden Island!

Some Basic Water Facts

Kauai has a coastline approximately 90 miles long and is known for white sandy beaches and an uncrowded atmosphere. The Island has 4 main areas that are equally wonderful to explore:

The North Shore has Anini Beach, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach, and Ke'e Beach.

On the South Shore there is Poipu Beach Park.

The East Side has Kalapaki and Lydgate Beach Park.

While The West Side has Salt Pond Beach Park.

Each beach offers a unique experience so be sure to take a look at Kauai Explorer when you are planning your day on the sand – and always choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty, and always wear sunscreen.  It makes your holiday safer and helps prevent sunburn!

Now, let’s take a look at a few great ways of getting wet, exploring, and maximizing your FUN times.

Snorkeling on the South Shore!

Start your summer adventures with a 5-hour tour of the Na Pali coast! Captain Andy’s Snorkel Adventure has received rave reviews on Trip Advisor, including one that says “really, truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Na Pali coast is one of the most incredible, awe inspiring places on the planet.”


Captain Andy’s official website describes the tour saying “You'll see spectacular sea cliffs, enchanting waterfalls and timeless lava tubes. Enjoy the history and legends of the ancient civilizations that once inhabited these verdant valleys. Plus, we'll anchor at a tropical reef to snorkel and explore an underwater ecosystem.”

The tour includes “expert snorkeling instruction, breakfast, lunch, beverages, history and legends, and whale watching (in season). 

Tours departs daily from Port Allen. Remember to bring a Swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a towel, and most importantly a smile!  Here is a link to Captain Andy’s website.
Photo: Official Website, Captain Andy’s

Deep Sea Fishing with Captain Don

Deep sea fishing off Kauai’s beautiful coast is a great way to see the Garden Island – and also catch some great fish!

With Captain Don and his boat the June Louise, you can catch mahi mahi, dorado ahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, ono, marlin, sharks, amber jacks, barracuda, giant travalie and much more!
Captain Don says “We treat you like family and if you are looking to have an excellent deep sea fishing experience, we invite you to come along!”

Fishing trips depart Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor from centrally-located Lihue. To learn more, visit the official website here and be sure to wear sunscreen! Have Fun!


Kayaking on Kauai

Kayak Kauai is ready to take you on a fun day of kayaking through the Wailua River. Paddle to the rhythm and melody of chirping birds and feel the gentle Kauai breeze blowing through your hair while surrounded by lush green scenery.  What a wonderful way of immersing yourself in vacation!


Kauai’s flowing rivers have a mirror-like quality. They reflect sunlight that shimmers across the surface while you make your way through jungle-like valleys that go deep inside Kauai’s interior. Some of the reviews from Trip Advisor say Kayak Kauai’s tours are “wonderful…” and “fabulous river trip and hike to secret falls…” Overall, reviews give Kayak Kauai 191 excellent reviews!

To book your trip and learn more, visit the official website here.  There is a 3-hour “El Cheapo Tour” and a 5-hour “Sacred Falls Tour”; both available Monday – Saturday.

Photo: Wailua River, from Wikipedia/Creative Commons via Bret Robertson/Flickr

Poolside, Rest and Relaxation 

Some days, lying by the pool and letting your thoughts “drift away” is the perfect way to let go of all the work, chores, and things that remind you of home. :- ) After all, that is what vacation is all about… right?

For example… take a look at the backyard pool at Waiohai Beach House in Poipu. The backyard faces the ocean, offers easy access to the beach, and look at that view! It’s spectacular!

Now, take a dip in the pool and let the Kauai sun dance across your body (sunscreen, yes?), while letting the ocean breeze blow your stress away. How about Enjoying a cool and refreshing tropical beverage? Combine that with the accompaniment of swaying palm trees, singing birds, and the lightly crashing waves… and you’ll be in heaven!
Some of our accommodations have swimming pools and we are happy to find one for you, your family and Friends. You ready for vacation?

Photo: Waiohai Beach House in Poipu, courtesy of Kauai Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Inc

Summertime is the Perfect time for Kauai!

What a perfect way to kick off our Spectacular Summer Adventure Countdown! Spending time in and on the water after a long winter is a reward everyone deserves. Best part, you don’t have to wait ‘till summer because NOW is a great time to Enjoy Kauai!

In our next few Feature stories, see and learn about more great things to do on the Garden Island. With 200+ accommodations and 35+ years of doing business here on Kauai, we are here to help you kick your vacay into high gear! The best news? Your Kauai holiday is only a few mouse clicks away. Yep, it’s that quick – and you can start browsing your next vacation home right here!

Everyone deserves time to unwind. That’s why vacation was invented, right? A break from daily routines where you can Enjoy quality time with family and set your mind free – so new visions can be created. When you are ready to get your holiday plans started, drop us an e-mail or grab your phone and call us at 1-808-245-8841 / 1-800-367-5025.  We always look forward to hearing from you!


Fun Things to See and Do in April

View Some Stunning Orchids and Local Art

On Friday, April 11th from 1PM to 9PM, and on Saturday, April 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM, join the fun and creativity at the 8th Annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival in Hanapepe Town. Planned workshops include Orchid Painting with Saim Caglayan, Watercolor Painting with Marionette, a silent auction, and Children’s Musical & Gymnastics Activities with Kindermusik.

Local artist Makana is performing a FREE music concert at 3 PM Saturday with a CD signing meet and great to follow. Ukulele talent Brittni Paiva is also performing.

Enjoy the Exotic orchids on display along and be part of this truly unique Kauai experience. For more information, visit the official website here!


March for Babies

Saturday, April 12th at Lydgate Park, The March of Dimes is putting on March for Babies, an event that helps raise awareness and promote improved health for newborns.

Family teams, company teams, and people walking with Friends – all coming together to raise money for newborns here on Kauai. To get involved and learn more, click here.


Take a Culinary Romp Through Paradise

On Friday, April 18th at the Kilohana Plantation, experience a sumptuous, tasty tour of paradise. Led by local food writer Marta Lane, this tour immerses you in many exotic Kauai flavors.
Stroll through a local fruit orchard and taste seasonal fruit.  Meet Kauai Marriott Resort executive chef Guy Higa during a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal made with seasonal, Kauai-grown ingredients.

Lunch courses change seasonally and have included Kauai Fresh Farms Grilled Eggplant and Lettuce Salad with Chef’s Garden Herbs Vinaigrette; Kaneshiro Farms Crispy Pork Belly Plantation Style; Kauai Shrimp with Wailua Herb Butter and Fresh Pasta; Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Poha Berry Sauce.

A day that includes a great meal on Kauai is indeed a great day in paradise! : - )  Reservations are required 3 days in advance. For more information and to reserve your spot, click here!



Celebrate Easter on Kauai!

Get your baskets ready because the Easter Bunny is making a special trip to Kauai! On April 19th, the Prince Golf Course Clubhouse is holding an Easter Egg hunt starting at 9 AM. 
This exciting annual event features light refreshments with group activities for ages 1-5 and 6-10. The real Easter Bunny is also available for photo opportunities!

Ready to join the fun? Click here for details! 


The Spectacular Summer Countdown is On!

Next month we dry off, put on more sunscreen, and head to the GREAT Kauai outdoors. Hiking, sightseeing, picture taking, and lots of sunshine and happiness.  Sound like the vacation you are looking for? Good!  We look forward to seeing you here!