Wailua is located along Kauai's scenic eastern shoreline known as the "Coconut Coast."Cooled by the tropical trade wind breezes, Wailua provides the perfect place to enjoy your Garden Island adventures. With close access great beaches, dining and shopping, staying in a Wailua condo provides everything you need for your dream Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
An abundance of activities await you in Wailua from ocean adventures to ziplining, ATV tours, hikes and more. In the Wailua and Kappa area there are numerous places to rent bikes and enjoy the coastal walking/biking path that follows the shore past Kealia Beach toward Anahola taking in expansive ocean views. You can also walk this seaside path called Ke Ala Hele Makalae (The Path that Goes by the Coast) where you will see many friendly local residents on their daily exercise routine. Another fun activity is the hike to the top of Sleeping Giant on the Nounou Trail providing stunning vistas of Kauai's eastern shore as well as Mt. Waialeale. Enjoy a round of golf at the oceanside Wailua Golf Course, one of the nation's top-rated municipal courses.
The Wailua River is a wide and exceptionally calm river (except during heavy rains) and offers lots of opportunities for recreation from kayaking and waterskiing to flat-bottom river boat cruises up to the famed Fern Grotto which is a scenic, fern-draped lava-rock cave that creates a picturesque scene making it a popular wedding location. The boat meanders upriver letting you enjoy the many sights along the way. After about 40 minutes you get to the Fern Grotto where you are serenaded with Hawaiian music that resonates with the cave's unique acoustics.
There are numerous exceptional beaches along the "Coconut Coast"including Kealia Beach at the north end of Kapaa town. The north end of the beach is the most protected from the open sea and there is also a lifeguard station. The shore break and currents can be quite strong when there is surf, making the beach popular for experienced bodyboarders and surfers. The beach is wide and sandy making it great for beach walks. The child-friendly Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua also has an elaborate and very impressive playground built by the community.
If you are feeling more adventurous take a drive up the north shore to swim in Hanalei Bay and walk out on the pier. Or head south to the "sunny Poipu" resort area for more great beaches including Poipu Beach which has a nice snorkeling area.
Coconut Marketplace shopping center in Wailua offers a variety of dining choices. At nearby Kinipopo Shopping Village check out Monico's Taqueria for authentic Mexican food, and there is also a great pastry shop. The main commercial district of Wailua and neighboring Kapaa offer dozens of restaurant choices including two more shopping centers anchored by large grocery stores. Head south from Wailua to Lihue for more dining choices, or drive north up to Kilauea town which offers several restaurants including some delicious pizza at the Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hana Pizza.
Many interesting shops to browse can be found in the Wailua area including many merchants at Coconut Marketplace and Kinipopo Shopping Village. Bambulei sells Hawaiian collectibles and jewelry and is housed in a 1930s era restored plantation home. Just north of Wailua is Kapaa town with a variety of interesting shops including art galleries and gift shops selling hand-crafted works of local artisans. More fun shopping can be found to the north in Kilauea, Princeville Resort and Hanalei town. Drive south from Wailua to Lihue for more shopping including the large Kukui Grove Shopping Center as well as Walmart and Costco where you can you stock up on supplies if you are staying a while. Farther south is Poipu Resort with boutique shopping at the resort hotels and upscale merchants at The Shops at Kukuiula.
A rental car is recommended when staying in a Wailua condo so you can enjoy all the fun things do see and do on Kauai's "Coconut Coast" as well as day trips to Poipu Resort on the south shore, Waimea Canyon on the west side and north to Kilauea, Princeville and Hanalei town and bay. Kauai's public bus system operates 7 days a week and provides service between most of the island's major communities.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Wailua weather is very nice throughout the year with temperatures usually in the mid to high 70s F. becoming a bit warmer in the summer and a bit cooler during the winter months Temperatures typically drop five to ten degrees at night. Hawaii's northeast trending trade winds provide a pleasant cooling effect.
Ocean conditions vary through the seasons with the east shore including Wailua quite calm during the summer months, creating good conditions for snorkeling and other ocean activities. Winter months often bring north swells to the Hawaiian Islands which can create high surf and strong currents along eastern shores. South swells sometimes arrive during the summer months bringing bigger waves mainly along southern coastlines. Some beaches are more protected from the open ocean, and conditions can change from day to day. For swimming and water sports it is best to visit lifeguarded beaches and check with water safety personnel about the safest places for the ocean activities you choose.
We offer Wailua condos to suit your specific needs. Please browse through our Wailua condo rental 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 a with an unforgettable place to stay for your Kauai vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality Wailua condos and we stand behind our product, listing only the best properties on our site. If you have any questions about our Wailua condominiums or which area is best for your Kauai vacation please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. See below for an over view of some of the finest condo resorts in the Wailua region.
The Wailua region has a rich history dating to ancient times when it was home to many Hawaiian chiefs and royalty. Throughout the area are numerous preserved heiau (sacred places) and other prominent cultural landmarks as well as preserved buildings from the missionary and sugarcane eras. At the river mouth near Lydgate State Park you can see the ancient puuhonua (place of refuge) called Hikinaakala, which means "Rising of the Sun."
Overview of Some Condo Resorts in the Wailua Area
Wailua Bay View vacation condos offer one bedroom and one bathroom, full kitchen, washer/dryer, private lanais and ocean views. Located on Kauai's east shore along the renowned "Coconut Coast" just steps from the beach. Amenities include swimming pool and barbecue area. Close access to golf as well as dining and shopping in Wailua and Kapaa towns.
Kahe Lani Resort is near the Wailua Golf Course and a golden sand beach. Large one and two bedroom condos have either ocean views or front the ocean. Amenities include full kitchens, cable TV, WiFi, private lanai, swimming pool, tennis, putting green, barbecue areas and tropical landscaping. Close access to dining, shopping and golf.
Waipouli Beach Resort amenities include kitchenettes, swimming pool, business center with internet access, free WiFi and parking, a fitness center, beachfront Aveda Spa and the oceanfront restaurant and bar Oasis on the Beach. Close to great beaches, dining and shopping including Coconut Marketplace and Kauai Village Shopping Center.
The Outrigger at Lae Nani has one and two bedroom condo units with full kitchens with amenities including a fresh water swimming pool as well as a saltwater wading pool, tennis court and free parking. Outrigger at Lae Nani has close access to great dining and shopping in Kapaa town and Wailua as well as beautiful beaches for water activities. Also close is the beachfront Wailua Golf Course.
Pono Kai Resort in Kapaa town has a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center with internet access, free parking, tropical landscaping, tennis courts, two putting greens, croquet, bocce ball, volleyball and shuffleboard courts, and sauna. An activity desk at the front counter provides equipment rentals for beach activities.
Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas is a beachfront resort just north of Lihue with a swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and a picnic and barbecue area. Close access to dining, shopping and golf.
Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach in Lihue recently underwent major renovations. Amenities include a large, family-friendly swimming pool, fitness center, bar/lounge, restaurant, activities for children, business center with internet access, Alexander Spa services and shuttle bus service. Golfers will enjoy the adjacent Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.
Please browse through the Hawaiian Beach Rentals condo listings on the "Coconut Coast"in the Kappa//Waipouli/Wailua region and Lihue including Kaha Lani Resort, Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, Aston Islander on the Beach, Kapaa Shore Resort, Waipouli Beach Resort, Pono Kai Resort, Outrigger at Lae Nani, Plantation Hale Suites, Coconut Grove Apartment at Village Manor and Outrigger at Lae Nani.