The ten foot ceilings in our Aloha Two Bedroom Two Bath make the 1350 square feet seem even larger. The dining table seats six and there are four bar stools at the kitchen counter. Also don’t miss our new outdoor table for six on the covered lanai, which also has, like all of our accommodations, a stainless steel barbecue. Put some fresh Aji (tuna) from the nearby Koloa Fish Market on the grill and you can’t go wrong.
Archive for June, 2013
Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless
Kauai’s stunning South Shore offers visitors nearly endless options for things to do at Poipu Beach. Its breathtaking coastline and expansive climate often lures travelers from other islands. Here you’ll find everything from heart-pounding adventures to more gentle pursuits, with activities to suit the tastes and requirements of nearly all.
Consider these top things to do at Poipu Beach as a great start for creating your “must-do” activities list.
The island’s only oceanfront luaus can be found right at Poipu Beach via the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton Kauai Resorts; both are excellent. When the White House put together a luau, they called in the performers from the Grand Hyatt Luau as the evening’s entertainment.
A luau is a must experience for travelers to Hawaii and an ideal way to delve into the rich Hawaiian culture and traditions. Enjoy music, dance, incredible traditional cuisine like kalua pig, poi, fresh fruit and lomi lomi salmon, and of course, most importantly, the Aloha spirit.
The amazing hula performers and fire dancers make for what many refer to as the best luau throughout all of the islands – with the unsurpassed sunsets of Kauai and the dazzling Pacific as the backdrop.
The Garden Isle’s alluring southern coastline offers some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the islands. Some of the best swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and boogie boarding can all be found within a one mile stretch of shoreline. Poipu Beach has a large protected area and is the only beach on the south shore that is lifeguarded seven days a week. This ideal place for young children and infants is sometimes called “baby beach.”
Poipu Beach was also named “America’s Best Beach” by the Travel Channel as well as Dr. Beach with its series of golden sand crescents that are strung together to create an idyllic place to advantage of the many water activities available. A lifeguard keeps a watchful eye here seven days a week.
One of the best ways to enjoy the crisp ocean breeze and spectacular beauty of Poipu Beach is to get out on a bike. Outfitters Kauai, located at the traffic circle (look for the yellow submarine) has bicycles and helmets available for rent.
For a heart-pounding thrill, join Outfitters Kauai on their guided downhill bike ride through nearby Waimea Canyon. They’ll drive you there in an air conditioned Mercedes van while your bikes are towed in a trailer behind. At the top, your guide takes the lead on her bike while the van follows the last rider in line, blocking traffic and making this a very safe ride. You’ll take in the magnificent views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” a breathtakingly beautiful canyon that is ten miles long, a mile wide and over 3,500-feet deep.
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach is an excellent location to shore dive. Rent gear and tanks from Seasport Divers (located next door to Outfitters Kauai. Remember the yellow submarine just after the traffic circle. If you prefer a boat dive or would like lessons, Bubbles offers both plus a certification program.
Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons
Poipu Beach is a great spot to learn to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP). Charlie, a former professional surfer, is one of the most patient instructors we know. With an hour to cover the basics, you’ll be “hanging ten” in no time. Nu Ka Moi Surf Shop, right at Poipu Beach, also rents surfboards and offers lessons.
Dine Alfresco at Brenneckes Beach Broiler
Enjoy open air dining with a fabulous view of all of Poipu Beach at this popular restaurant. It features a varied menu with everything from burgers to fresh fish. Speaking of fish, you can’t go wrong with the fish tacos. There is also a large bar area with lots of HDTVs for sporting events.
Eat a Shave Ice
One of the most popular taste treats in the Hawaiian Islands is shave ice and it’s available right at Poipu Beach at Brenneckes Deli. Located downstairs from the restaurant, the deli also has sub sandwiches, sodas, potato chips and beer. What more could you ask for? Try one of the giant brownies at the counter where you pay for your purchases; homemade and very good.
Watch the Sunset by Land or by Sea
The best place to watch the sun set into the water is at The Beach House Restaurant. You can sit in the newly redecorated bar, have a pupu (appetizer) and a glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the sea. If you’d like to stay for dinner, be sure and call for reservations first. Or you can bring your beach towel and sit on the grassy area in front of The Beach House. If you’d like to watch the sunset from the sea, there are sunset sailing trips that depart from the Kukuiula small boat harbor in Poipu Beach.
With nearly an endless number of things to do at Poipu Beach, you’ll likely be planning your return trip before you embark on your journey back home.
Where to go to grab a quick bite? Fortunately, all of these new casual dining options are located in Kukuiula Village Shopping Center, about a five minute drive from Hideaway Cove. Just follow Poipu Road to the traffic circle and you can’t miss the Village.
Bubbas Burgers-808-7452-6900. What a pleasant surprise to see Bubbas open a new third location (their other two are in Kapaa and the original in Hanalei) here in Poipu. What’s even more surprising is they’ve maintained their low prices in spite of being located in a pretty high end center. Their sign says they “Cheat tourists and attorneys”, which gives you an idea of the irreverent vibe here. Great burgers and fries.
Dolphin Sushi and Fish Market-808-742-1414. This is also the second location for this iconic restaurant from Hanalei. The Dolphin has an excellent reputation for quality fish and this outpost will continue in the same tradition. Sushi is inherently expensive if premium, fresh fish is served. If you’re looking for one of those sushi restaurants where the fish is on little plates on a conveyer belt, you can find that at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center. This is definitely not mass produced sushi. The fish market has a good selection and the fish always looks top notch.
Dude Dogs-808-742-9438. I’m pulling for this restaurant because I like hot dogs and they serve about twenty different kinds here. You can get a hot dog, bag of chips and soda for about six or seven bucks. What’s not to like about that? It’s a casual beach decor and would be a great place to take the kids if you’re in a hurry.
Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee-808-742-1272. Lapperts moved here from their old location in Koloa Town. The new location is much more upscale, compared to the plantation decor of the old shop. Same great ice cream and coffee.
Living Foods Market & Cafe-808-742-2323. Open at 7am for breakfast, they also serve lunch. Seating is outdoors and you can order at the counter and take out.
Merriman’s Downstairs Cafe-808-742-8385. This is the downstairs component of the upstairs fine dining Merrimans Fish House. The Cafe did not have table service when it first opened and the menu was pricey. They’ve adjusted and now serve wood fired oven baked pizzas plus a variety of other casual entrees. Go during happy hour for half priced pizzas and reduced price drinks.
Savage Shrimp-808-742-9611. This is what the name implies, a shrimp place. From humble beginnings as a food truck, they’ve graduated to this great location. I haven’t tried it myself, however there always seems to be a crowd here.
Tortilla Republic Margarita Bar-808-742-8884. If you like margaritas, don’t miss this place. Many different kinds, all of them good. The loaded nachos are also top notch and the guacamole, made by hand at your table, is not to be missed. There is also a casual dining menu.
Uncle’s Shave Ice & Smoothies-808-742-2364. The name says it all.
Da Crack-808-742-9595. Just off the new traffic circle in Poipu Beach, look for the small strip center with the yellow submarine in front. The center consists of two buildings with a covered sidewalk in between. There was a Mexican restaurant here called Nortenos, but everyone called it “The Crack”, because it was no more than a take out window located in the crack between these two buildings. It went out of business and several years later new owners decided to open a new Mexican Restaurant and wisely named it “Da Crack”. For those of you who don’t speak pigin, Da means The. Good food, large portions and reasonable prices ensure there is normally a line a the window. Take out only. If you’d like a beer with your food, Kukuiula Market is right next door.