My husband and I flew out of Honolulu to Lihue on the morning of December 6th. The flight was only about 20-25 minutes, which was nice. Below is a picture flying into Kauai. Unfortunately, the plane then turned to the other side, so I couldn’t get any closer pictures. When we landed, it was only a short walk to the baggage claim since the airport is very small.
We got our baggage then too the shuttle to Budget to get our rental car. I highly recommend renting a car while visiting Kauai. This island does not have a center of activity, like Waikiki on Oahu. Everything is spread out and if you do not rent a car, you will leave without really experiencing the island. After picking up our mid-sized Ford, we were finally on our way!
Our first planned activity was Kauai ATV‘s Waterfall Tour. It was about a 25 minute drive from the airport. It was nice to be able to take in the scenery, which is so different than Oahu. We drove through the infamous “Tree Tunnel” on Route 520, just off of Route 50. As you can see below, the road is completely surrounded by trees that arch over the road.
We got to Kauai ATV about an hour before our check-in time, so we walked over to the Old Koloa Town shopping area, located right beside Kauai ATV. Its a small shopping area with shops, dining, and a little history center. The history center describes Koloa’s history as the site of Hawaii’s first successful sugar mill. It was a nice way to kill time before our 11:30 check-in for the ATV tour.
Kauai ATV offers two ATV tours, one zipline tour, and bass fishing. My husband and I chose the 4-Hour ATV Waterfall Tour. On this tour you travel a total of 23 miles around the grounds of the former Koloa Sugar Mill. Halfway through you stop for lunch, which consists of a sandwich, chips, and a cookie, at a waterfall. You can swim, take a walk through the forest, or just relax at this time. This tour was so so fun! Our guides, Kalena and Evan, were awesome! The grounds have gorgeous views of the mountain range on Kauai. You will get dirty on this tour… very dirty! My husband hit every single pothole full of mud and muddy water. A few of the puddles were so deep that the wave from hitting them was taller than our ATV. By the end, I was so soaked that it looked like I got a bath in my clothes.
Good news- Kauai ATV provides shirts and shorts, so you do not have to get yours dirty. They also have outdoor showers for after the tour, so make sure you wear a bathing suit under your clothes, so you can shower afterwards!
Advice- Buy waterproof shoes. We got ours at Sports Authority (Hawaii’s Dick’s Sporting Good pretty much) for $8. The family with us on the tour wore their regular tennis shoes and they were filthy and soaked by the end of the tour, and most likely ruined.
Heads Up- Remember, things happen. We had had three break-downs during the tour. Two of them were fixed very quickly, one took longer. We were still done on time, so I am guessing that time is built in for these happenings. I was not upset, but I know some people aren’t so understanding.
Enjoy some videos and pictures below 🙂
After cleaning up, we checked into our hotel, Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy. I will write a more detailed post on the hotel. After cleaning up again, we decided on where to go to dinner. The plan was to go to Harley’s Tropical Barbecue, which was a short walk from the hotel, but it was closed. We walked back and figured we would try to hotel restaurant. While the hotel was great, we were not impressed by the hotel menu and prices, so we opted out of that. Finally, we found Bobby V’s Italian Restaurant, a 5-minute drive north from the hotel. There is the option to sit inside or outside. We chose outside, as we usually do. We shared spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer. It was served with fresh, warm bread for dipping. Yum! For our entrees, I chose the spinach manicotti and he chose the chicken pesto. Both dishes were delicious and enough for another meal. The server was very attentive and though it was busy, she regularly checked on us to make sure we had everything we needed. I definitely recommend dining there, if you are staying close by!