Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation
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Landed in Lihue, Kauai a little over an hour ago. Sitting outside baggage claim waiting for my friends to arrive and I am being blown away (literally) by the trade winds. They're gusting, making it quite chilly in the shade. Despite wind, temps in the sunshine are in the high 70s. Better than hot and humid. It should be a nice, low-key week of …
... I haven't mentioned it to this point, but it's impossible to go a day without looking out into the ocean and seeing a breath streaming from the surface, a massive splash from a tail fin slapping the water, or even a school-bus sized Humpback hurling itself out of the water. It's really neat to see, but I guess I've taken it for granted at this point because we see it so much. On this day, I probably saw 10 or 20 different whales just off the coast. ...
... was great. Katrina went for the Crab Crusted Fish something or other while I went for the Seared Scallops with risotto and whatever..all washed down with a couple of hearty Longboard ales for me and some french champagne for the boss. We decided to skip dessert after hearing our waiter regale us with stories of being collared for drink driving on multiple occasions. I had to admire his honesty and gave him an extra fiver in his tip God bless ...
... shades of green, from emerald to a dark forest shade are in every view, and are so condensed they almost look velvet. Along the way we saw a bunch of dolphins (one pod with a little baby...so cute!) and turtles.
We stopped by waterfalls, went into caves and saw the exact trail we hiked a few days earlier. It was cool to see what the end of the trail awaited us, had we done the entire 11.5 miles versus the ...
... we were to have 2 sets of Gonsalves Friends in town. Here you see Julie Shelton and Diane Merrick and me at Dolphins in Hanalei.
Diane took this picture of me with my Birthday dessert....yummmmmm.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation Poipu
Honeymoon in Paradise
I was impressed by the beauty of the resort and with our condo. All of the furniture and appliances were brand new, and the owners of the condo supplied us with everything we could possibly need. The grounds were kept so beautiful with well kept lawns, flowers, and walkways that made accessing the beach a breeze. We were also able to get towels and beach chairs for free.
We had such a beautiful honeymoon and look foward to our return to Kauai and to the Outrigger resort.
Home from home condos
We stayed in room 418 at the Kiahuna end of Jan and were really impressed with the standard of the condos - very homely with huge balconies and decorated to a high standard. As others have said, there are fly screens and shutters rather than windows so noise from daily gardening and maintenance work (and the 5am cockerels) is impossible to avoid. Plus there is always the risk of noisy neighbours! It would make us think twice about returning if we were intending to spend a lot of time in the condo. Ask for a top floor condo and you get better views and high ceilings into the roof which make the condo feel even more spacious. The pool is at the opposite end of the complex to the beach (10 mins walk) so a bit inconvenient. The beach is very nice though with good snorkelling and swimming. Would recommend Casa di Amici for dinner, plus plenty of other choices within a short drive or walk.
Note, in the local newspaper there was talk of rebuilding the hurricane damaged hotel next door, so it may be worth checking when that is happening and if your allocated condo is nearby.
Wonderful place for low maintenance people!
Stayed in a 1 BR condo the last week of October and it was wonderful!
If the idea of staying in a condo where you can fix yourself a sandwich, blend your own drinks now & then, walk to the beach, play a little tennis, sit around a table with your family and play a board game, hear the rain fall at night and the tropical birds tweet in the morning sounds good to you then this is your place. Don't come here if you are looking for room service, a spa and an activity director to plan your days....go next door to the Sheraton Resort. Yes there are roosters on the grounds....and all over Kauai. The island is the only one without the Mongoose (predator to chickens), which is why it is also the only island where you can see easily see the rare Nene bird (also killed by the Mongoose). So the only way you aren't going to hear roosters in the morning is if you find a hermetically sealed vault to sleep in. I'll definitely be back here in the future!
Great place to stay
This was our first time to Kauai and we are sure glad we came across this property. We stayed there from Oct 5 thru Oct 13 in unit#46 which is considered a royal garden room. It was very clean and we had a great view of the lawn and foliage. True there is no A/C but with the trade winds it remained cool all the time. Just turn the fan on and open the louvres. It is true that you do hear everything outside like the nightly rain and of course the roosters. They are all over Kauai. We got up early every day so they didn't really bother us. The staff was very helpful and polite. The beach is very nice but not very deep.
There are some rocks and reef about 50 feet from sore but that really wasn't a concern. The grounds of the property are extremely well kept.
Shopping is right across the street from here. The new pool across the street is nice and there is a bar/restaurant there. We will definately stay here again in the future.
Very Nice Stay
A very nice place to stay. Staff was very friendly and unit was clean and well furnished. No A/C but fans make it better. Beach was fine. Try to get a condo away from street. Very good bargain for the price.
Excellent restaurants in area: Beach House, Gaylords, Tidepools and A Pacific Cafe are all top notch. Avoid Tomkats in Koloa. Some of the guidebooks says it is good and it was four years ago but has gone way downhill. Hanalei Dolphin is also very good. Keoki's Paradise was a very pleasant surprise, just a notch below the top four. Lots of good cheaper places too. Brick Oven Pizza is excellent, just as the guide books say. The Shrimp Shack in Waimea is also very good. There is a Korean Barbecue in the Kukui Grove Shopping Center that doesn't look like much but the food is very good and inexpensive. Things to do?
We've been there three times and still haven't seen it all. General advice: You can do most things on your own without a guided tour. I highly recommend Captain Andy's Catamaran Tour though. Great crew and top notch snorkeling equipment. The Waimea Downhill Bicycle Tour is fun but not too challenging. Can't recommend the helicopter tour. Just isn't worth the money. Hiking is the best way to see Kauai. The Pihea Trail is the best hike I've ever been on. Indescribable beauty. The Trail from Kee Beach on the North End is almost as good. The Gay-Robinson Sugar Plantation Tour is worth twice what they charge.
Wilfred is great. Highly recommended. The Grove Farm and both National Botanical Gardens are also worth it. Other things not to miss: kayaking the Wailua, Koloa Town, Hapapepe (Old Town), Sleeping Giant Hike, Spoting Horn, Waimea Canyon, Hanalei, Salt Pond Beach (Local's Beach, no tourists).
2 nights of no sleep
We had to stay at this condo for 2 nights because the Kauai Coast Resort was full. The condos are the older style and there are no air conditioning in any of them. There are vents that you can open and close from the inside. The problem was that you could hear everything around you. People, sprinkles, carts, etc. You can not have a noise proof condo. If you have small children and need some rest we do not recommend this location. The beach is has a small portion of sand and you the ocean at this place is very rough.
Paradise for families
We have been going to Kiahuna for the past 18 years! We love this spot, the condo beachhouses are home away from home. We have stayed in several different units from the garden down to the beachfront and they are all wonderful. Great place for family or romance with beautiful beach in front and gorgeous lawns all over. The staff is wonderful and we look forward to purchasing a unit of our own in the near future!
Kauai for a week with two 14 year olds!
We stayed at the Kiahuna Plantation (Outrigger side), and the staff could not have been nicer. The first night we were in unit 201 which overlooks the beach, but unfortunately, also overlooks a very busy parking lot adjacent to the Sheraton. We asked to move the next day, and the staff was very accomodating and moved us to a beautiful unit overlooking the ocean and the lagoon. The vacation just got better from there. (Remember, though, there is no air conditioning, and it can get a little warm if you are sensitive to humid heat. Also, the pool is no longer at the Sheraton, but across the street, and has very limited hours) The two 14 year old girls loved being able to go to the beach hut for towels and snacks, then heading for the beautiful beach. We sat on the grass under the palms and read. The Garden Plantation restaurant at the hotel is wonderful. The Poipu Village Shopping Center across the street was also a big hit because the girls could walk over for a burger or shopping whenever they liked. The restaurants were all good, but Roy's is off-the-charts fantastic! Don't miss it. All of the shops were very high caliber, and the prices were not insane.Activities that we would recommend include the Ali'i Kayaking along the Wailua River. The guides are native and so sweet and helpful. Be sure to have good sneakers or water shoes. It is strenuous and you will get wet! We also took Cap'n Andy's catamaran tour up the Na Pali coast. Again, the staff was just fantastic, and my husband was smart enough to take Bonine, so we had a great time. Some of our fellow travelers spent a lot of time leaning off the back of the boat. Once we arrived up the coast, we went snorkeling, and saw turtles, dolphins, etc. Pretty fantastic. The afternoon trip is better for photos. Check local weather forecasts for rough seas.Another great day trip is to drive up to the Waimea Canyon. It is just like a little Grand Canyon, and well worth the trip. The drive back down is pretty spectacular too.Oh, and there is a new activityis is supposed to be a blast, and was completely booked when we got there, so plan early and reserve this one through the activity concierge at the condo before you go.Have a great trip, and don't overbook your activities. Every two or three days for an activity was good for us.Aloha!
This hotel is great. It is so big and the beach is great. The rooms are very spacious and clean. The buildings are hidden among beautiful lush vegatation. Since this hotel has no pool you have to go to the pool of the resort next door. They have 2 pools and you are only aloud to use the older boring one, but its not so bad. This hotel is wonderful and everone in the family will enjoy it!!!
LOVELY LOVELY PLACE TO STAY
We were fortunate to stay in one of the large beautiful condos. If I have the money when I retire, I'd probably buy one of these condos!Aloha