This small boutique hotel on Kauai’s south shore is big on romance with its intimate oceanfront setting and acclaimed one-on-one service. Ocean view accommodations, waterfront dining, seaside spa treatments – the Pacific serves as the backdrop for almost every aspect of the tranquil property. Located on Poipu Beach, Ko’a Kea’s beach access is unprecedented in Kauai, with world-class snorkeling, surfing and kayaking mere steps from guestrooms’ private lanai patios. Ko’a Kea is also the ideal home base for exploring the rest of the island, as golf, hiking and other attractions are within minutes.
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Also known as the Garden Isle, Kauai’s diverse landscape offers visitors a multitude of year-round activities and outdoor excursions. For assistance in booking your activities at Concierge@KoaKea.com.
The abundance of Kauai’s trails range from easy to challenging and offer magnificent views. Notable trails on the island include Kuilau, Moalepe, Kalalau, Waimea Canyon, Kokee and Powerline.
Waimea Canyon offers only serious bikers the thrill of a lifetime. The canyon trail is a 100% downhill, exhilarating 13-mile ride down winding, paved roads from the rim of Waimea Canyon (elevation 3,500 feet) to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There are many flat roads available in the Poipu area for less experienced riders.
Helicopter tours allow visitors to view some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on earth, including the Waimea Canyon, the Napali coast and the waterfalls made famous in movies such as Jurassic Park.
Kauai’s 12 golf courses are some of the most challenging and spectacular in Hawaii and are available at both private resorts and public courses.
For gentler excursions, try the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, or Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbor to the Menehune Fishpond and beyond. The Hanalei River is the longest and allows kayaking through the plains. Ocean kayaking is another thrilling island activity, with options including the Poipu to Port Allen course with a stop in Lawai Bay or the Napali coast.
Favorite spots for surfing on the island include Poipu Beach, Salt Pond, Allerton’s, Kukuiula Harbor, Davidson’s at Kekaha, Pakalas, Lawai Beach (also called P.K.’s Centers and Acid Drop), Shipwrecks Beach, Nawiliwili Harbor, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach and Cannons.
Boat dives, night dives and other dive tours offer plenty of sea life to discover, including cave exploration and lava tubes. Experienced divers will generally find more thrilling locations on the east and west shores, while those new to scuba are recommended to start on the north or south shores.
Come face to face with tropical fish, green sea turtles and other ocean wildlife at popular snorkeling spots like Poipu Beach Park, Ke’e Beach, Tunnels, and Lydgate Beach Park.
Within minutes of leaving the slip, guests can be fishing some of the most active big game waters on Earth. Depending on the season, expect to catch Pacific Blue or Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ahi, Ono and even the occasional Sailfish.
Any visit to Kauai from late November through early May is peak time for whale watching. While whales can be seen from shore, it is a much more intimate experience to take a boat tour to observe the whales in their own habitat.
Zip Line Tours
Walking through the treetops and over waterfalls on a suspension bridge gives new meaning to the term “suspension.” A series of zips and walks lead to a hidden treasure… an idyllic waterfall and swimming hole where the water is deep enough to jump from surrounding rocks.