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Poipu

Hawaii’s “sunny side of paradise” balances adventure with relaxation, offering world-class waves and outdoor activities amid a serene tropical setting. 

Thanks to its perpetually agreeable weather, Poipu has been nicknamed the “sunny side of paradise.” It is located on the south side of Kauaʻi and is surrounded by the lush rain forests that make the island such a popular destination. 

Enjoy the sunshine and warm waters at Poipu Beach Park. Its white-sand shores are perfect for sunbathing and lifeguards enable parents to rest easy while children paddle in the Pacific. Swim in the tranquil water or head a little further out to surf the area’s world-class waves.  

Poipu’s calm waters make it an ideal snorkeling and diving destination. Pull on your mask and fins and prepare to meet sea turtles, tropical fish and maybe even a humpback whale. Poipu is also renowned for having one of the last populations of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals, which can be glimpsed lounging on the rocky shoreline. 

The Poipu area is also renowned for its tropical landscapes. Join an off-road adventure or zip-line tour to cruise through rain forests and past towering waterfalls. Spend an afternoon at Allerton and McBryde Gardens to discover the native plants of Hawaii. 

Poipu features a wide range of resorts, hotels and cottages, most of which have oceanfront access. The Shopping Village is a great place to buy souvenirs and to admire works by local artisans. Poipu Road hosts farmer’s markets throughout the week. Come with an empty stomach and fill up on local produce and other treats. 

Poipu Bay Golf Course offers an oceanfront location so stunning it might distract you from your game. If you’d prefer total relaxation, visit one of the town’s spas to enjoy a traditional Hawaian massage.  

No visit to Poipu is complete without attending a traditional luau. Taste local cuisine and watch dancers and musicians perform routines that will simultaneously entertain and inform you about the island’s history. 

Poipu is a 30-minute drive southwest of Lihue Airport. Public transportation is limited, so it’s best to rent a car or motorcycle to get there and to explore the region’s attractions.

A getaway is a terrific time to stop, rest and relax. It's also the ideal time to embark on some new experiences!

This place has a range of activities on offer. Here are some suggestions to jump start your trip to Poipu:

If you want to check out the full range of activities, head to our Poipu things to do page.

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020
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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
     
    4.7 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The views are great, the restaurant are wonderful.

    Sheraton Kauai Resort
    Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020
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    Sheraton Kauai Resort

    Sheraton Kauai Resort

    2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa, HI
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The Sheraton was amazing. Great views for watching whales and dolphins. The rooms and grounds are very well kept up and enjoyable to leisurely walk around. Lots of places to walk to on the property. The beach is so enticing. There is something there for everyone. The pool area is large and plenty ...

      The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
      Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020
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      The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

      The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

      1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Loved the turtle viewing area. There were turtles there every time we went. Close to the beach walk so we could hike.

        Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection CA $453
        Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020
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        Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

        Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

        2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Awesome staff, fantastic resort amenities, rooms are great with full kitchen and washer/dryer coming in so handy, makes Koloa Landing the best resort stay in Poipu!

          Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
          Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020
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          Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

          Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

          2253B Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The pool is across the road, so it's not close. The cleaning fee was unexpected for mid-vacation stay and was charged another cleaning fee on check out.

            Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
            Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2020
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            Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

            Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

            2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Everything the view the staff and the privacy beach that has the hotel!

              The Lodge at Kukuiula
              Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2019
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              The Lodge at Kukuiula

              The Lodge at Kukuiula

              2700 Ke Alaula Street, Koloa, HI
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The property was georgeous and the attention to detail was incredible. All the comforts one could think of was there. There are too many to list and I suggest everyone that is semi interested in going to Kukuiula to go visit. It is heaven on earth. Aloha

                Makahuena at Poipu
                Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2020
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                Makahuena at Poipu

                Makahuena at Poipu

                1661 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A couple of things to keep in mind with this property 1. Check in is not easy. Castle resorts (who manages the property) had to call me and confirm my stay a week before we went, then called me again after we came to confirm check in and charge me additional fees. NOTE- they will charge you a destination ...

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