The Humpbacks Are Here!

Whale Watching In Kauai Is Hugely Popular.

Whale Watching in Kauai – So many people yearn to see these gentle giants. The feeling of seeing this awesome creature in person is nothing at all like seeing one on tv. The sheer immensity and the ability of the whale to breech or jump out of the water is nothing short of incredible. If you’re lucky, you will see one up close as it cruises by your boat and slowly slips by. Even more lucky is to have the whale exhale through its blowhole and get sprayed. Okay, that may be a bit smelly but cool nonetheless.Whale watching 2019 Season

Whale watching tours can be found easily while in Kauai. On MyKauaiVacationRental.com you will find a link to this and many other activities in our activities section.
The best months to start seeing whales around Kauai are November through January. They are often around until April or May, so there is plenty of time to book at trip to Kauai and see the whales! Kauai whale watching can be done at any time of day or night but the best light is from 11am to 3pm as the sun is directly overhead.

If you don’t want to go on a boat and risk the waves (seasickness!) then you can still see whales off North Shore beaches of Kauai such as Kilauea Bay or Anini Beach and seen from Kilauea Lighthouse. If you are lucky, you might even see some from the pool at our Kauai Condo!
Whales not your thing? Dolphins and Monk Seals surely must be then. There are sometimes spinner dolphins and Hawaiian Monk Seals that spend their time off Southern Kauai and can be found at times swimming off Poipu Beach or Hanapepe Bay.

Dolphins & Hawaiian Monk Seals

As for swimming with Dolphins, that is not a “thing” here in Hawaii. It is generally considered not an activity that is good for the dolphins. Holding such beautiful creatures captive just for entertainment purposes is just not fair to them. However, if you are lucky, you might get one or two that come up to you while in the water. They are not dangerous but it is generally advised that you stay away from them.

Green Sea Turtles

Although not mammalian in nature, turtles are in the waters off Southern Kauai and love to sun along the beach in Poipu. It seems they love to ride the waves of Brennecke’s Beach with the boogie boarders. To swim, snorkel or dive when there are turtles nearby is a very humbling experience. These gentle creatures, while mostly shy, will come near you as you are in the water. It is truly a beautiful thing to be blessed with a visit by a sea turtle.

Sharks? As some might say…Forgettaboutit. While there are sharks around here and there, the chances of being attacked are slim to none. Sharks are far from the lurking danger that the movies make them to be. So, let’s just consider that subject closed.
There are so many activities that one can do in the waters of Kauai especially with how warm the water is. So, book your Kauai trip with MyKauaiVacationRental.com and come join us, the water’s fine!

WHY KAUAI’S SOUTH SHORE ROCKS

I’ll bet your family has debated which side of Kauai is the best to stay on — the North Shore or the South Shore. You love the North because it manages to be both laid back and spectacular — with dramatic green cliffs, world-class surf, and predictably unpredictable rains. But this time you were all in for a luxurious beach villa on Kauai’s South Shore, and it does not disappoint.

The moment you steer your rented Jeep into that unmistakable tunnel of trees on Maluhia Road you feel the magic. They’re just trees . . . right? So then why do they make you so happy? A gift to Kauai from a pineapple baron more than a century ago, these Eucalyptus form a fluttering green entryway that welcomes every visitor to the South Shore — an aloha to one of the most stunning natural wonderlands on earth.
To say the South Shore is loved for being “the sunny side” is like saying a beer is loved for being cold. There is that, of course – but there is so much more. Here are a few reasons why you think the South Shore rocks:

  1. Abundant Sunshine
    The random rain showers happen all over a tropical island, but Kauai’s South Shore gets about 35 inches of rain annually versus the 85 inches the North gets. The North is wetter due to the tradewinds and the mountains. Kauai’s South Shore is drier which means more bright, warm, picture-perfect beach days.
  2. Beautiful Beaches
    South Shore beaches look straight out of a movie: White Sand Beaches, the Turquoise Water, Palm Trees swaying, and with More Sea Life Than Humans. From the calmer-gentler Kalapaki all the way to exclusive-and-pristine little Lawai. Each beach along the way offers something unique and unforgettable and most are within easy reach from wherever you find yourself on the South Shore. The southernmost beach, Poipu (which means “crashing waves” in Hawaiian), was dubbed “The Best Beach in America” by the Travel Channel for its cozy snorkeling cove, vast wading pools, surf-and-swim-friendly vibe, and the adjacent grassy park. You do some quick research on the beaches before you go and discover that each is ideal for different activities.
  3. Ease of Walk-ability
    It’s not an easy feat for some to decide which side of Kauai is the best to stay on, but having to jump into the car every time you want to go somewhere can kill that back-to-nature feeling you’re craving on vacation. Kauai’s South Shore offers plenty of beaches, shops, restaurants and other amenities within an easy stroll, especially around Poipu. You’re staying at My Kauai Vacation Rental where there is world-class snorkeling right outside your door. You also find loads of activities and plenty of nearby restaurants. The Shops at Kukui’ula Village have gift and clothing stores, art galleries, an ice cream parlor and even a farmer’s market featuring a spectacular array of local produce and specialties. You need to try the white sugarloaf pineapples to slice up once you get back to the Condos’ kitchen.
  4. The Quaint Local Town, Koloa
    In addition to the amenities, a quick car ride just two miles up the road gets you to historic Old Koloa Town. The quaint plantation buildings house art, music and clothing shops, and the beloved mom-and-pop restaurants. You also find the post office, food trucks, and grocery store. My personal favorite the Koloa Fish Market where the fish is so fresh it’s irresistible. Best when it’s grilled alongside that pineapple at the barbecue just outside the front door.
  5. Simply Convenient for Families
    In addition to several grand hotels complete with pools, spas, dining and kids clubs, there are full-service condominiums and resort villas large enough to be affordable for families. My Kauai Vacation Rental is one of the largest 1 bedroom Condos on all of Kauai — with a full kitchen, washer-dryer and all the comforts of home — plus a beautifully designed pool that is directly across from Brennecke’s Beach which rivals the Hawaiian Islands’ best.
  6. Lots of Adventure
    Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, kayaking, golf, and sailing are just a few of Kauai’s South Shore favorites.  The nearby Koloa Zipline takes you through the heart of a rainforest and boasts the longest ride on the island: clocking in at half a mile. You can hike the magnificent Heritage Trail bordering the crashing waves of the ocean. You can climb amid the roots of the same prehistoric Australian fig tree seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” at the Allerton Gardens in Koloa or head to McBryde Garden in the Lawai Valley to gawk at unbelievable flora and waterfalls. Then you realize, Kauai isn’t known as the Garden State for nothing! A can’t miss are the lava tube formations at Spouting Horn. Witness pluming spouts up to 30 feet in the air. Enjoy a perfect night out at Kauai’s Luau Kalamaku at Kiohuna Plantation. A true spectacle with a full buffet & open bar every Tuesday & Friday evening.
    You enjoy your days on the sunny side . . . and your cold beers as well.

So, which side of Kauai is the best to stay on? The good news is that you are actually quite close to the North Shore and to all points in between. It hardly has to be an “either/or” situation. In fact, you can drive from Koloa all the way to the end-of-the-road at Ke’e Beach in about 90 minutes if you drive straight through. We ordinarily make a day trip out of it taking in all the spots along the way. . .
Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Self-Guided

Snorkeling Tours, those who enjoy snorkeling are in for a treat. Kauai’s pristine oceans are home to thousands of fish and different marine life.  Along the many crescent shaped beaches you will be able to find opportunities to swim with the many tropical fish that frequent the reefs. Na Pali Coast Snorkeling TourFor those who prefer to casually participate in snorkeling the local beaches like Anini Beach, Poipu Beach and Salt Pond Park Beach provide protected beach areas that both snorkelers and the tropical fish prefer. Anini, on the east side of the island is home of the largest reef, Poipu Beach is a protected area where the tropical fish prefer as well as the Hawaiian Monk Seal and the Green Sea Turtle. The monk seal and sea turtles frequent the sand to take a nap along the beach in Poipu. Salt Pond beach is a favorite of locals, and if you are visiting be prepared to pack in what you will need for the day as services other than the bathrooms and a few covered picnic tables is sparse. Salt Pond Beach is a large protected area which right up along the sand are rarely waves of any size. Snorkelers will swim out toward the natural breakwater to view the tropical fish that decide to come in from the waves and there you can also see corals among the rocky bottom.

Guided Excursions

Those who wish to take an excursion there are many opportunities to join in on a snorkeling tour. Kauai Searider has their South Shore Snorkeling Tour which they claim a “Whole Day of Fun packed into 3 hours” where they take you on their Zodiac boats from Kukui’ula Harbor to a couple of unspoiled snorkel sites. Kauai Searider also has a Na Pali Coast Snorkeling Tour. This tour is a 4.5 hour tour. This tour starts off at the closest harbor to the Na Pali Coast (Kekaha Harbor) which provides more time in the water. Na Pali offers spectacular views and you will create memories for a lifetime!

Snorkel Bob’s not only rents snorkel equipment for those who didn’t bring their own from home but they have a couple of snorkeling excursions of their own. The Liko Kauai | Na Pali Catamaran Snorkel trip consists of a 5 hour tour aboard the 49′ powered catamaran takes you out to see Sea Caves, waterfalls, Kauai’s lush valleys from a different viewpoint, white sand beaches and Dolphin watching with a 1 hour snorkeling stop to round out the adventure. A trip out to see Napali Coats in itself is well worth the trip.

Check out this article if you are looking for other Water sports while vacationing in Kauai. Here you can find more about information about Kauai’s Beaches. Don’t forget that if you are looking for a place to stay our Poipu Beach Condo is only steps from Poipu & Brennecke’s beaches on the south side of Kauai.

Vacation Rental Availability Summer 2019

Kauai Vacation Rental

The summer is quickly approaching and everyone is beginning to look for availability and booking their stays in their travel destinations.  It is projected that in the month of June the destination of Kauai will have a 72% occupancy level, July will top up to 96% and August 90%.

Our Poipu Vacation Rental Kauai Living room
Comfortable Seating for Our Guests

If you haven’t already booked your stay in Kauai you will begin seeing higher prices and less availability throughout the Island. Since my plans have not solidified on when I will need to travel back to Kauai and work on our new home build, I opened up additional time in June, July and August for Vacation Travelers to stay at our Kauai Vacation Rental. Now would be the best time to schedule your stay to ensure you can get lodging at the time you are wanting to travel.

A Better Vacation Value

As we have written about already, Vacation Rental VS Hotel the Vacation Rental is a better value. For example the Grand Hyatt Kauai in June is offering their King Partial Ocean View Room with Free Internet for $526.15 per night plus another $40.25 per night Resort Fee. That’s $566.40 per night for basically a bedroom with a King Size Bed. Next Marriott Waiohai Beach Club is already booked up in June. The Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Poipu still has some rooms available. Their Garden View Room with a total of 364 square feet is booking for $389.00 plus their $38.74 per night Resort Fee. This is their “Best Available Rate” with a nightly total of $427.74.  Now for our Kauai Vacation Rental rate in June for 2 Adults is $185.00 per night, no additional resort fee to use the pools, hot tub and other community items.

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Manualoha at Poipu Kai

Poipu Kai Resort, Across from Kauai’s Famous Beaches

Manualoha at Poipu Kai is a condominium complex of 11 units within the Resort area of Poipu Kai. These condos are some of the closest to the southern beaches of Brennecke’s and Poipu beach along the south side of Kauai.  Located on the southern part of the property and nearly just across the street from Brennecke’s Beach is the community swimming pool. There you can sit back on the lounge chairs see waves breaking on the beach & enjoy swimming in the pool to cool off from the warm summer sun. Poipu Beach happens to be a common resting place for the green sea turtles & the Hawaiian monk seal. Inadvertently taking the best spot, you might have to move to a slightly less desirable space in the sand. I have many times gone out in the waves of Brennecke’s beach and been bumped by one of the wave riding sea turtles. Keep an eye out for them. They are a sight to see.

Manualoha 601 at Poipu Kai Resort Pool
Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort Pool

Poipu Kai Resort also has 4 tennis courts to use for exercise and enjoyment along with a grand amount of open green-space. You can cross the complex and get to the most westerly sports bar in the United Sates, Kalapaki Joe’s. There you can either get a refreshing cocktail, appetizers, or a meal. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until 10:00 pm. Manualoha at Poipu Kai is frequented by travelers from all over the world looking for the warmth of the sun, the tropical environment and the hospitality of the Hawaiian people. Many come year after year to enjoy the island and our condo.

If you’re looking for one of the best places to stay on the island of Kauai, you can’t beat the location of the Vacation Rental Condo Manualoha 601.  For additional information, Amenities and images see more about our condo. You can check online for availability to book or call us at (808) 346-1788 for pricing and availability.

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