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Poipu on Kauai's south shore is known for its sunny weather and immaculate beaches including three lovely crescents of sand bordering a pristine, blue sea. The Poipu Resort area has everything you need for relaxing and fun Kauai vacation including great dining, shopping, entertainment and championship golf courses.
Things To Do
The south shore of Kauai offers an abundance of activities from serene coastal hikes to ziplining through the treetops in a mountain valley or touring the backcountry on an ATV. Golfers will enjoy the renowned Poipu Bay Golf Course as well as the Kiahuna Golf Club which recently underwent a major renovation. Hikers will appreciate the scenic coastal walk beginning at Shipwreck Beach along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay past a wealth of geological and cultural sites.
Spend a day at the beach swimming, bodyboarding or snorkeling and then see the area from offshore on a sunset sail. Poipu Beach is a great place to take a surfing or stand up paddle boarding lesson or go for a ocean kayak excursion. Nearby is the famed Spouting Horn Blowhole where the waves hit the underwater lava shelf sending a geyser into the air. During the winter months you can get up close and personal with humpback whales on a whale watching tour. Plant lovers will enjoy a trip to Allerton and McBryde Gardens, two world class botanical gardens.
Several outstanding beaches line the southern shore including Shipwreck Beach known for being featured in the memorable cliff jumping scene in the movie "6 Days, 7 Nights"starring Anne Heche and Harrison Ford. Shipwreck is a favorite beach for more experienced bodyboarders and surfers while the nearby Poipu Beach Park is an ideal family beach with nice areas for snorkeling that are fairly well-protected from the open ocean. There is also a lifeguard station at Poipu Beach and picnic facilities, showers and restrooms. For more exceptional beaches take a day trip up to the north shore's Hanalei Bay for water sports and Makua (Tunnels) Beach for exceptional snorkeling. You can also drive west to Salt Pond Beach Park and expansive sands of Polihale Beach.
The Poipu area has a wide variety of dining choices from family restaurants to fine dining with lovely seaside views. For a great hamburger try Keoki's Paradise which has a memorable tropical decor and also serves up innovative local-style desserts. At the Hyatt you can choose from six restaurants including the Seaview Terrace which features live Hawaiian music and hula dancing in the evenings. Another great dining choice with ocean views is The Beach House. To taste the creation of one of Hawaii's premier chefs visit Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill. Head over to The Shops at Kukuiula for an assortment of great restaurants including Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, Merriman's Fish House and the Living Foods Market & Cafe. You can also get some great smoothies, ice cream and shave ice, and they host a weekly Kauai Culinary Market.
Poipu is a shopper's delight with everything from top designer fashions to beach wear, surf and dive shops and fine jewelry including the prized Kauai sunrise shells as well as Niihau shell leis and Tahitian pearls. Browse the upscale boutique gift stores at the resort hotels and the upscale The Shops at Kukuiula which also hosts a monthly Art Walk.
Nearby is historic Koloa town with a variety of interesting shops in a walkable downtown area including numerous historic buildings. Head over to Hanapepe town which is known for its many art galleries as well as its popular "Art Night"every Friday evening when you can meet the local artists and enjoy entertainment and treats from various vendors.
Renting a car is highly recommended for your Poipu vacation so you have easy access to local beaches and attractions as well as day trips to Waimea Canyon on the west side, the east shore's "Coconut Coast,"and the scenic beaches of the north shore. Kauai's public bus system runs every day and visit most of Kauai's major towns.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Poipu is known for its beautiful sunny weather and idyllic beaches. Kauai's south shore receives less rain than the north shore and sees moderate temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the low 80s F. throughout the year, a bit cooler during the winter and a bit warmer during the summer with trade winds providing a pleasant, cooling effect.
Ocean conditions vary each day and through the seasons, though typically the south shore has very calm water throughout much of the year with intermittent ocean swells that may cause high surf. Some beaches provide more protection than others. For water sports it is best to visit lifeguarded beaches and ask water safety personnel about the safest areas for the ocean activities you choose. Lessons and guided tours are also recommended so you can benefit from local knowledge.
Poipu condos provide an excellent way to enjoy your Kauai vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and the comforts of home. Browse through our Poipu condo listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal at Hawaiian Beach Rentals is to provide you with an unforgettable Poipu accommodation for your dream Kauai vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality condos in Poipu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Poipu condominium rentals or which destination is best for your Hawaii vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.See below for an overview of some of Poipu's finest condo resorts.
The Poipu and Koloa regions on the south shore are home to numerous historic sites and landmarks. The Sugar Monument in Koloa marks the location of Hawaii's first sugar mill. The self-guided Koloa Heritage Trail includes plaques providing information about the fourteen stops along the way. One stop along this historic route is the Spouting Horn Blowhole which is steeped in Hawaiian lore. Prince Kuhio Park in Poipu honors the last heir to the Hawaiian throne and is also the site of an ancient fishpond as well as the foundation of Prince Kuhio's former home.
Overview of Some of the Finest Condo Resorts in the Poipu Resort Area
Regency Poipu Kai is located in the south shore's prestigious Poipu Kai Resort offering spacious accommodations with one to four bedrooms. Amenities include two swimming pools, two hot tubs. Close to great beaches including Poipu Beach Park and Shipwrecks Beach.
Poipu Kai Resort is located on Kauai's south shore in sunny Poipu Resort. Set on 70 lushly landscaped acres, Poipu Kai includes the Makanui, Manualoha, Regency, Kahala and Poipu Sands complexes. Garden paths lead to Poipu's beautiful beaches including Shipwreck Beach and Brennecke's Beach. Vacation condos have private lanai for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Amenities include swimming pools, Jacuzzi spas, nine hard and soft tennis courts, restaurant and beach equipment rentals.
The Villas at Poipu Kai are located at Poipu Kai Resort offering garden villas with from two to four bedrooms and poolside villas with three or four bedrooms. This boutique resort offers a gourmet kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances and granite countertops, hardwood flooring and expansive lanais with ocean, mountain and pool views. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, high-speed internet, free parking, tropical landscaping, air conditioning. Close access to golf, tennis, dining, shopping and beach activities.
Kona Kea Hotel & Resort is a luxury boutique oceanfront hotel at Poipu Resort on Kauai's south shore. Amenities include a fitness center, free high-speed internet, valet parking, concierge services, housekeeping, swimming pool, pool bar, spa, sundries/gift shop, water sports rentals and business center as well as the Red Salt Restaurant and the Spa at Koa Kea.
Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation is located on the Poipu oceanfront on Kauai's sunny southern shore. Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation sits on a 35-acre beachfront property and offers one and two bedroom condos with full kitchens. Amenities include free high-speed internet, tropical landscaping including orchid gardens, the on-site Plantation Gardens Restaurant as well as other fine dining close by. Poipu Village Shopping Center is within walking distance and Kiahuna Golf Course across the street.
Kuhio Shores Condos offers one and two bedroom condos on the beach in Poipu Resort on Kauai's sunny southern shore. Amenities include full-size kitchens, oceanfront lanais, free internet and parking. Close to great shopping and restaurants including seaside dining at Beach House Restaurant next door.
Whalers Cove Resort is located in Poipu Resort on Kauai's sunny south shore. A three-minute walk away is the child-friendly Baby Beach. Panoramic views including great ocean views from lanais. Amenities include tropical landscaping, oceanfront pool, spa hot tub, barbecue area, free parking and lava-rock shower. Close to great golf, dining and shopping including the upscale Kukuiula Village Shopping Center.
Please browse through the Hawaiian Beach Rentals condo listings in the Poipu Resort area including Poipu Shores Resort, Poipu Kapili Resort, Poipu Makai, Regency at Poipu Kai, Makahuena, Whalers Cove Resort, Poipu Shores Resort, Aston at Poipu Kai Resort, Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort, Villas at Poipu Kai, Honu Kai Villas, Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort, Kuhio Shores, Kahala Resort, Kauai Beach Resort and Kaha Lani Resort.
Also offered by Hawaiian Beach Rentals in the Poipu region are the Poipu Sands at Poipu Kai Resort, Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort and Poipu Kapili Resort Condos, the Regency at Poipu Kai, Pane Makai Beach House Dolphin Suite, Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Nihi Kai Villas, Makanui at Poipu Kai Resort, Lawai Beach, Poipu Crater Resort, Poipu Shores, Poipu Palms.