We were in Kauai, HI over Spring break for about 5 days during the second week of April, 2018. If you want a quick video recap of our stay, head over to thecurlyana and watch the Kauai highlights that I have pinned for you guys on my profile. Follow me on instagram to travel with me to more amazing destinations this year.
Traveling with kids
We took our two kids Aiden and Nadia ages (6 and 2.5) on a flight from San Francisco International Airport to Lihue, HI. This was a 5 hour flight on United and we flew economy. Aiden was pretty happy throughout the flight with his Ipad and work books to keep him entertained. Nadia didn’t know what to expect and did not want to sit still in her seat. Luckily we had packed a couple of things to keep her busy. She chose to entertain herself with the sticker book throughout the flight.
We bought a box of snacks on the plane, as you know there is no lunch served on the plane unless you make a purchase. Ours was a morning flight, so we did not have any lunch options on the plane.
After landing in Lihue, both the kids were exhausted and cranky, so the first thing we did after renting a car, was to go out and have dinner. (technically still lunch time in Hawaii and very early dinner for California time).
Tips: We booked an early morning 8:30am flight for our journey to Kauai. If you are traveling with kids, I’d suggest an afternoon flight instead, Our return flight was an afternoon flight and we were way more relaxed coming back.
Overall our experience traveling with kids was not too bad and we hope it will get easier next year when Nadia is a year older.
Fun / interesting facts about kauai
- Seriously, be prepared to get wet. You will love this island more, if you are okay with getting drenched. Any trip to the North shore will get you wet. So carry a light umbrella or a rain coat.
- There are chickens walking around everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE, I saw one going into walmart too. LOL
- Everything on this island is EXPENSIVE. eg: A large coconut was $10 bucks and one more dollar if you want the Coconut meat cut for you. Restaurants are very expensive too.
- We had the yummiest tropical ice cream ever at Tropical Dreams in Kapaa.
Where to stay
We have visited Hawaii (Maui, Oahu and Big Island) and we’ve stayed in both condos and resorts. Here’s what we felt, this is just our opinion, yours may vary:
Stay in a condo if you are
- Looking to spend most of your day outdoors (whether its hiking, snorkeling, zip lining etc)
- Need a place to crash at night, cook your own meals and be able to do your laundry.
- Are on a budget (flight and car rentals can add up) and want to stay longer than a week.
Stay in a resort if you are
- Visiting Hawaii for the first time.
- Want the ultimate escape and relaxation and to spend a lot of time in the resort. I say this, because there’s usually so much you can do in a resort itself (swimming pools, private beach, spa, restaurants etc)
- Don’t want to rent a car. Sometimes resorts have tour buses that can take you around the island.
- Staying for less than a week.
- There are resorts that can work for your budget, or you can splurge. 🙂
This time we stayed in a Condo in Wailua, HI. We visited both the St Regis resort in Princeville and the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Both resorts are beautiful, St Regis having breathtaking views. We experienced great service at both the resorts when we visited for lunch. Can’t talk much about their rooms or room service since we didn’t actually stay there. At St Regis, the weather will likely always be wet (drizzles and rain on and off), so if you are looking for a sunny beach vacation stay in Poipu and do a drive up north to soak in the views at St. Regis.
If you ask me, I’d suggest staying in a resort in Kauai down in Poipu to get the best out of Kauai. 🙂
Some Things we did
- Spent a day soaking in the views driving through Waimea Canyon State Park and ultimately reached Kalalau Lookout. You need to reach this lookout before 11am since the entire place is covered with rain clouds afterwards. We only got a sneak peek of the views. The drive itself is worth it and amazing with Grand Canyon like views!
- Napali coast – you can’t really see the Napali Coast unless you take a helicopter, boat tour or just plain hike. We didn’t do any of the above, but there’s more information here
- Visit to St. Regis and Grand Hyatt for lunch. We visited both these resorts since we were not staying at any resort. The grounds are amazing at both the resorts. St Regis has both amazing views and excellent pools for both adults and the kids and a private beach as well. Grand Hyatt was more crowded as its sunnier down in Poipu, the pools were equally nice, but lacked the views of the North shore.
- Beaches in Poipu – We went to Salt Pond and Poipu beaches.
Now to the pictures 🙂