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The Perfect Kauai Day [Must Do List]

We asked our social media manager Aria Juliet to describe her perfect Kauai day.

“I would start off my day waking up at the Grand Hyatt Kauai in Koloa. There is no better place to stay on the island. Sleeping between the luxurious white linens with the fresh ocean air coming through your lanai will guarantee you one of the best night sleeps of your life, and no better way to start the day.

Na Pali coast is one of the most special places in the world to me, and taking a boat tour is the best way to see it. Na Pali Pirates is a thrilling adventure, on a comfortable raft that gets to explore all the sea caves and docks at Nualolo for snorkeling. The boat fits 14 people, so there is room for all of my friends to come on the tour with me.

Na Pali Pirates leaves out of Kikialoa Boat Harbor in Kekaha, so on my way out to the west side, I stop at Little Fish Coffee in Hanapepe for breakfast. My favorites are the acai bowls or bagel and egg sandwiches. You can even put your order in online if you wanna get it to go!

The boat tour is 5 hours of fun in the sun! But this raft is extra, so if you need to take a little sun break, there is shade on board. Within 5 minutes of leaving the harbor, our boat is surrounded by spinner dolphins. We explore all of the sea caves, even get to take a fresh waterfall shower on the ride. When we are docked at Nualolo, the captain busts out the best pineapple I’ve ever had.

After the tour, we capitalize on the fact that we are on the west side, and drive up to Waimea Canyon for some sightseeing. It takes about an hour to drive up the hill, so before we head up, we take a quick detour to Ishihara for some lunch. They have the best plate lunch on the island.

Driving down Waimea Canyon, we are able to catch the sunset. Back at the hotel, have an amazing refreshing shower and head over to Stevenson’s Library for sushi and cocktails. My favorite is the Samurai Mule, an asian twist on the Moscow Mule.

The best part of staying at the Hyatt is their pool, and lucky for us, it’s open 24 hours, so I end the night with a night swim and some jacuzzi time with friends.”

What’s your perfect Kauai day?