Kauai is one of the most amazing places you can travel without leaving the United States. Without needing a passport, you can be on a stunning tropical island living the good life! It’s nicknamed “the Garden Isle” for a reason!
Things to do in Kauai
Noah enjoyed snorkeling for the first time at Poipu beach. He saw many fish and even a sea turtle. This is an awesome area and if we went back, this is where we would stay. The snorkeling was fantastic and it was incredibly warm for January, 80 degrees! We never went to the beach without our Beach Sun Shade and thank goodness we didn’t because he took lots of naps in it.
Another fantastic little spot for snorkeling with kids is Lydgate Beach park. It has a protected little area for children. There’s a huge playground nearby.
Kekaha Beach Park
Kekaha Beach Park is on the west side of Kauai just south and the Navel base. That’s right, I said Navel base! There is a base, Barking Sands Navel base, on the west side of Kauai.
If you’ve gone all the way out to the naval base, then you are not far from Waimea Canyon, which is an absolute must see!
Hiking in Kauai
There are so many wonderful places to go hiking in Kauai. Some are more kid-friendly than others. I would say that most are no going to be kid friendly.
Ho’Oipi Falls is a little too difficult to do with small children, but older kids and teens will have no issue accomplishing this hike. There are two water falls to see along the way and lots of places to jump in and swim. I found myself climbing over logs, climbing straight up rocks, and almost have to crawl through branches.
Sleeping Giant is a majestc hike with sweeping views of Kauai. This hike will be challenging with small children. Older kids and teens will be able to hike Sleeping Giant. It’s extremely steep and gets quite narrow at times, but super fun.
Best Shaved Ice in Kauai
Jojo’s shaved ice creations are massive at the bottom there’s macadamia nut ice cream! Jojo’s is down south and a good place to stop when you are headed to Waimea Canyon.
Waimea Shaved Ice is also quite wonderful. Pictured here is the Almond Joy, it’s amazing! Waimea shaved ice is served out of a van parked in Kappa.
Where to stay in Kauai
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai
I loved staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kauai. It’s a great property with lots of amenities. There’s two pools, easy beach access at Lydgate beach, a restaurant on-site and complimentary Mai Tai’s when you check in. The rooms are spacious and families will have plenty of room. They offer a military discount.
Marriott Kaua’i Beach Club
Another lovely place to stay is Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club. It is half hotel and have timeshare, allowing for lots of room options. The room I had was only suitable for two people. It had one Murphy bed, a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the water.
We didn’t spend much time in our room (at Bali Hai a timeshare place), but here it is. I believe it is a Wyndam property now. It was quite nice with a zero entry into the pool and hot tub. Our room was a two bedroom, two bath. The master bedroom had a jacuzzi tub.
Kauai Military Cabins
Barking Sands has two bedroom cabins that military people can stay in for about $70 a night. You could throw a rock and hit the ocean it was so close to it. It is very warm on this side of the island and was Noah’s first chance to boogie board. It’s now one of his new favorite things to do! Jonah also enjoyed playing on the boards!
For more on Kauai check out our post Kauai with baby or toddlers.