When Is The Best Time To Visit Kauai, Hawaii?

Hanalei Bay Sand Castle Contest 2017

The number one question I get asked most often by travelers is, “When is the best time to visit Kauai?” I always have a difficult time answering this question. My first impulse is to say anytime, but I realize this response is not helpful. Although we do not have the traditional seasons that much of the country experiences, we do have changes throughout the year that could make a difference as to when you make your trip to Paradise.

Weather, animal migrations, crowds and airline prices are all factors that should be considered when deciding the best time to visit Kauai. And, of course, it depends on what you want. For example, if you want to see the humpback whales, then November to April is your best bet. If a boat ride down the Na Pali coast is a priority, months when the swells die down (April to October) are a must. Hikers may want drier weather. Sun bathers will choose different months from people who prefer to stay cool. And, if money is a concern, airline prices definitely fluctuate throughout the year.

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Photo Tips And Tricks While Visiting Kauai, Hawaii

Photo Tips And Tricks While Visiting Kauai, Hawaii

 

Last week I ran across an article by Jefferson Graham in the USA Today newspaper called, “Photo Tour: Kauai, Hawaii’s Magical Garden Island.” Apparently Mr. Graham has a blog where he shares photo tips from all over the world. Sounds to me like a pretty good excuse to travel! Within the article there is a video called “Photowalk” which shows where and how to get the best shots on Kauai. Despite the fact that he mispronounced Na Pali, I thought it was worth sharing.

Of all the reasons to love Kauai, Mr. Graham narrowed it down to five.

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Rent Snorkeling Gear, Kayaks, Paddleboards & Bikes On Kauai – Pedal ‘N Paddle

Rent Snorkeling Gear on Kauai

You have make the long journey to the islands and now you are ready to have fun. If you are staying at Honu Point you will find many pieces of snorkeling gear and other equipment ready for your use in the garage. But, if what is there does not work for you, or you need additional items, Pedal ‘N Paddle in Hanalei is the most convenient place to go to for rentals and sales.

Pedal ‘N Paddle will have all you need for a day at the beach. They carry a wide selection of high quality masks and snorkels, swim goggles, sunglasses, Frisbees, waterproof phone/key cases, waterproof cameras, towels, sunblock, SPF sun shirts, umbrellas and more.

Snorkel Rental

Adult Set (Includes mask, snorkel, fins and mesh bag)     $5.00/day     $20/week

Kid Set     $4.00/day     $15/week

Mask & Snorkel     $3.00/day     $10/week

Fins Only     $3.00/day     $10/week

Boogie Board     $5.00/day     $20/week

Boogie Board with Fins     $7.00/day     $25/week

Snorkel Vest     $4.00/day     $15/week

Beach Chair     $4.00/day     $15/week

Floatation Belt     $4.00/day     $15/week

Optic/Corrective snorkel masks available.

Three, four, five day rates are also available.

All rates are based on a 24 hour rental period.

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Vacation Home Rental Verses Hotel Room – Which To Choose?

Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point - Patio & Pool

You have booked your tickets for a flight to the Garden Island and now you need to find a place to stay. Vacation rental or hotel room? The choice is easy. My husband and I have traveled extensively over the last twenty years and we have found renting a vacation rental far outweighs staying at a hotel. Here is why.

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No Need To Pay Service Fees – Book Directly With The Owner

No booking fees - Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Service Fees

When our luxury home, Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point, was completed in 2015, I signed up for a subscription with one of the big name vacation rental sites. I paid an annual fee for the advertising it provided. This site offered the guest the convenience of seeing a variety of choices, and communication between the guest and owner prior to booking was encouraged. Booking my home on this site was free to my guests.

In 2016 a well-known travel company bought this site, and now it is hard to avoid a service fee without booking directly with a vacation home owner. These fees can be significant. Even if the owner pays the listing site a subscription fee, the site now charges the guest a minimum service fee of 4% – 15% of the rental. “Service Fee” sounds somewhat better than “Booking Commission,” but it is simply a fee the site charges the guest for using its services.

There is nothing wrong with a vacation rental site charging a fee for its service, though it tends to irk me that they are getting paid on both ends of the transaction for nothing more than advertising. What is really upsetting, however, is that they are making it more and more difficult for me to communicate directly with my guests prior to booking.

For these reasons, owners are banning together to get the word out about how to book directly the next time you want to rent a vacation rental property. I still use the advertising site but I wanted to bring awareness to my past and future guests of the choice you have when renting a vacation rental property.

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According To Scientists, Visiting The Beach Can Change Your Brain In An Incredible Way!

Pristine Beaches Of Kilihiwai Beach

According to scientists, visiting the beach can change your brain in an incredible way?  I can’t be sure this is true but according to http://shareably.net/visiting-the-beach/?utm_source=hp_fb_share&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=undefined and an article written by Alexandrea Becker, it definitely is.  All I know is that when I go to the most beautiful beaches on Kauai some of these things seem to happen to me!

“That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.”

“When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.”

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay, north shore of Kauai

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Ten Cities Offer Nonstop Flights To Kauai!

Travel To Kauai

Traveling to Kauai just got easier with ten cities offering nonstop flights to Kauai!

Denver, Colorado: United Airlines

Los Angeles, California: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines

Oakland, California: Alaska Airlines

Phoenix, Arizona: American Airlines

Portland, Oregon: Alaska Airlines

San Diego, California: Alaska Airlines

San Francisco, California: United Airlines

San Jose, California: Alaska Airlines

Seattle, Washington: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines (starting December 21, 2017)

Vancouver, Canada: WestJet Airlines

Of course Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air service multiple nonstop flights to Kauai every day, many from Honolulu. For Hawaiian Airlines, a flight to Lihue from a city outside the Islands typically means a connecting stop in Honolulu or Kahului.

Check the airlines’ websites for flight days and times.

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