Scuba Diving Kauai

With some of Hawai‘i’s largest and oldest coral reefs, fascinating underwater topography, and abundant (and colorful) marine life, Kaua‘i may be one of the better destinations for scuba diving in Hawai‘i, even if it doesn’t get the same hype as Maui and Big Island. Here you can choose from shore dives to underwater rock gardens and lively reefs, boat dives to hidden gems on Kaua‘i’s southern shore, and even day-trips to the private island marine sanctuary of Ni‘ihau. With multiple dive operators to choose from, Kaua‘i is perfect for those looking to get certified and participate in Kauai scuba diving, beginning divers and veterans alike.

Kauai Scuba Diving Charters

The best way to experience the beautiful waters around Kaua‘i is with a boat charter. Most dive shops offer two daily boat charters (each with 2 dives), with an early morning (~7am) departure and an afternoon trip that tends to cater more to beginning divers and certification courses. Either way, you can count on a beautiful day on the water as you race dolphins to your dive sites. Keep an eye out for whales (in season) frolicking in the deep blue waters, then gear up and explore popular dive sites like Brennecke’s Ledge, Ice Box, Fast Lanes, the General Store, and Sheraton Caverns (dives range from 60-100’). Spend your surface intervals swapping fish stories with other divers and learning about Hawaiians’ cultural ties to the sea and the natural history of the islands from your guides. Once you are back underwater, make sure to pose for the underwater videographers who capture your dive in HD video for viewing back at the dive shop. Top-shelf rental gear from ScubaPro and Mares are included with your charter when you scuba Kauai, as well as dive computers and optional underwater cameras.

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Stand-up Paddleboarding

Kaua‘i is the perfect place to learn what’s up – with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) that is. Offering some of the same excitement as surfing when you catch a wave, SUP also provides peace and tranquility as you glide effortlessly across the water. Plus, it’s an excellent full-body and core workout, it can be learned in an afternoon, and it is great for ocean enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy the best of SUP near our Kauai Vacation Rental in Poipu.

All About a Board

Similar to surfboards in construction, SUP boards are thicker and designed to float higher in the water. Ranging from 8-12 feet in length, riders stand atop the board which is designed to be easier to balance thanks to its width and thickness. Utilizing the sport’s iconic curved paddles, riders can easily navigate bays, lagoons, and river mouths. Paddleboard Kaua‘i, one of the best SUP rental shops on the island, prides themselves on matching the rider to the right board size and shape, making it even easier for you to master this fun water sport. They offer daily and weekly SUP rentals at reasonable prices, as well as guided tours. Their helpful guides are also standing by to give you the inside tips on where to explore with your new board.

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The Farmer’s Market at The Shops at Kukuiula Poipu, Kauai

The Farmer’s Market Kauai

The Kukuiula Farmers Market Poipu KauaiThe lush Garden Island of Kauai is home to some of the best farmer’s markets in the world.  On the Islands South Shore in Poipu you can find a delectable assortment of mouth watering tropical fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors.  Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. You will find the Kauai Culinary Market hosted by the Shops at Kukuiula at the center of the shopping center. There you will be subjected to live Island music that fits the air. While you fill your basket with a variety of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, pies, jam and other local foods. You will also be able to get freshly made soups and bakery items.

You can also watch South Shore Chefs as they take the stage and make some of their local specialties while sitting at the Wine & Beer Garden.  Plan on spending a few hours at this market.  It’s an event the whole family can enjoy.

The Shops Website – https://Kukuiula.com

How to Get There – Driving Directions

On Tuesday afternoon you can also locate the Kauai Farmers Market in Kalaheo, a short distance (15 min) from the South Shore. Located at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center (on Papalina Road just off Kaumualii Highway) at 3:00 PM.

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants & Cafes Nearby. Each Close to Our Vacation Rental in Poipu Beach Hi.

Along with having some of the best beaches and shopping destinations in the world, Poipu is also home to a mix of high end cuisine, ethnic restaurants and traditional island food. If you’re looking for something as simple as a burger & fries or fresh off the boat fish and a fine wine, you are certain to find something for everyone on the menus of the restaurants in Poipu, Kauai.  Even while staying in our Vacation Rental, you may not want to cook every night, so below are a good sample of Restaurants and Cafes Nearby that you may wish to try.Restaurants Near to Poipu Beach & Our Vacation Rental

The Lanai Restaurant and Bar
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. Koloa, HI. 96756
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: thelanaikauai.com
Phone: (808) 378-4359

Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
2100 Ho’one Rd Koloa, HI. 96756
Menu: Brenneckes.com
Phone: (808) 742-7588

Keoki’s Paradise
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Villiage
Menu: Keokis.com
Phone: (808) 742-7534
Keoki’s Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise, with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks, and live music. Seafood is the main attraction, but the restaurant also features prime rib, steaks, and a full children’s menu to satisfy everyone in the family. The tropical ambiance and moderate pricing, have made Keoki’s one of the island’s more popular destinations. Don’t forget to try the Hula Pie!

Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar
2253 Poipu Rd.
Located In: Kaihuna Plantation Resort by Outrigger
Menu: pgrestaurant.com
Phone: (808) 742-2121

Red Salt at Ko’a Kea
2251 Poipu Rd.
Menu: meritagecollection.com
Phone: (855) 231-4535

BeachHouse Restaurant
5022 Lawai Rd.
Menu: the-beach-house.com
Phone: (808) 742-1424

La Spezia
5492 Koloa Rd
Menu: laspeziakauai.com
Phone: (808) 742-8824

Ilima Terrace Restaurant
1571 Poipu Rd
Located In: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Phone: (808) 240-6456

Dondero’s
1571 Poipu Rd
Located In: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Phone: (808) 240-6456

Merriman’s Fish House
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: merrimanshawaii.com
Phone: (808) 742-8385
This restaurant features a unique style of Hawaiian regional cuisine, served in a casual, yet elegant setting of an old Hawaii plantation. A pioneer in the “Farm to Table” concept, Chef Peter Merriman serves only the freshest products, at least 90% of which are locally grown or caught using only sustainable methods. If you are looking for a more casual dining experience, try Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza and Burgers, located just downstairs!

Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu
1941 Poipu Rd.
Menu: Kalapakijoes.com
Phone (808) 742-6366
The self-proclaimed “Westernmost sports bar in the United States” & Walking distance from the Condo. For this “Nearby Restaurant” they’ve got great french toast.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: RuthChris.com
Phone: (808) 278-6100

Lava’s on Poipu Beach
2440 Hoonani Rd.
Phone: (808) 742-8100

Pizzetta
5408 Koloa Rd.
Menu: pizzettakauai.com
Phone: (808) 7424-8881

Eating House 1849 Koloa
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: Eating House 1849
Phone: (808) 742-5000

Da Crack
2827 Poipu Rd.
Phone: (808) 742-9505
Simple Mexican eatery serving up a casual menu featuring burritos, tacos & sides. Great Fish Tacos, While they Last! Basically a walk-up window.

Garden Island Grille
5392 Koloa Rd.
Phone: (808) 639-8444

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Village
Phone: (808) 742-9888
If you like Thai, this is a place to stop and enjoy. The servers are especially attentive. It may look busy as you walk up, but remember they do have a bar that attracts many looking to enjoy the evening. There is another Restaurant nearby here if they are too busy,  Keoke’s but the price-tag changes also.

Puka Dog Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr.
Located In: Poipu Shopping Village
Phone: (808) 742-6044

Tortilla Republic Kitchen & Margarita Bar
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St.
Located In: Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center
Menu: tortillarepublic.com
Phone: (808) 742-8884

I can actually attest to being able to eat at each on of these “Nearby Restaurants”. If you’re wanting Pizza, there are actually 3 Pizza places in old town Koloa. There are other Restaurants in the Kukui’ula Shopping Center, we’ve not yet had the opportunity to eat there before so we cannot yet provide any reference to them.  If you have time before your dinner reservation or wish to walk off a bit after your meal, there many shops and a few galleries there that will provide plenty of opportunity for browsing or to pick up a souvenir of your visit to the island.

If you know of a local restaurant that should be on this list. Send us a quick note and provide some information about them.  We’d love to have you link to us to show we do provide a fair representation on local services.

Remember us when planning your Vacations to Kauai and you can always either book online or reach us by phone to arrange you stay and Poipu Vacation Rental.

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