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Poipu

Hawaii’s “sunny side of paradise” balances adventure with relaxation, offering world-class waves and outdoor activities amid a serene tropical setting. 

Thanks to its perpetually agreeable weather, Poipu has been nicknamed the “sunny side of paradise.” It is located on the south side of Kauaʻi and is surrounded by the lush rain forests that make the island such a popular destination. 

Enjoy the sunshine and warm waters at Poipu Beach Park. Its white-sand shores are perfect for sunbathing and lifeguards enable parents to rest easy while children paddle in the Pacific. Swim in the tranquil water or head a little further out to surf the area’s world-class waves.  

Poipu’s calm waters make it an ideal snorkeling and diving destination. Pull on your mask and fins and prepare to meet sea turtles, tropical fish and maybe even a humpback whale. Poipu is also renowned for having one of the last populations of the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals, which can be glimpsed lounging on the rocky shoreline. 

The Poipu area is also renowned for its tropical landscapes. Join an off-road adventure or zip-line tour to cruise through rain forests and past towering waterfalls. Spend an afternoon at Allerton and McBryde Gardens to discover the native plants of Hawaii. 

Poipu features a wide range of resorts, hotels and cottages, most of which have oceanfront access. The Shopping Village is a great place to buy souvenirs and to admire works by local artisans. Poipu Road hosts farmer’s markets throughout the week. Come with an empty stomach and fill up on local produce and other treats. 

Poipu Bay Golf Course offers an oceanfront location so stunning it might distract you from your game. If you’d prefer total relaxation, visit one of the town’s spas to enjoy a traditional Hawaian massage.  

No visit to Poipu is complete without attending a traditional luau. Taste local cuisine and watch dancers and musicians perform routines that will simultaneously entertain and inform you about the island’s history. 

Poipu is a 30-minute drive southwest of Lihue Airport. Public transportation is limited, so it’s best to rent a car or motorcycle to get there and to explore the region’s attractions.


Guide to Exploring Poipu


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Sheraton Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort

2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa
4.0
of 5, from 1,203 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel sits on Poipu Beach, renowned for unspoiled white sand, swaying coco palms, and breathtaking sunsets. Kiahuna Golf Course, Spouting Horn, and the town of Koloa are all within a 10-minute drive.

$377
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

1571 Poipu Road, Koloa
4.7
of 5, from 896 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Hidden gardens and picturesque grottos earmark this expansive resort overlooking a surf-swept beach at an isolated end of South Kauai.

$287
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa
4.5
of 5, from 280 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and Poipu Shopping Village are also within 10 minutes.

Kahala 822 Condo

Kahala 822 Condo

1901 Poipu Road, Koloa
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Bay Golf Course and Shipwreck Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Sunny Poipu Koloa Landing Condos

Sunny Poipu Koloa Landing Condos

2710 Hoonani Road, Koloa
4.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this condo is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Shops at Kukuiula and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Poipu Beach. Baby Beach and Prince Kuhio Park are also within 10 minutes.

$155
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

2253B Poipu Rd, Koloa
4.1
of 5, from 527 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Steps from sandy Poipu Beach—one of the loveliest in Hawaii—this Kauai condo property stands amid 35 acres of lushly landscaped gardens, including renowned Moir Gardens.

$279
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

2253 Poipu Rd, Koloa
4.3
of 5, from 359 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Occupying 35 acres between a scenic beach and an open-air shopping mall on Kauai's south shore, this former plantation manor house recalls gracious 19th-century Hawaii.

$599
The Villas at Po'ipu Kai

The Villas at Po'ipu Kai

2373 Hoohu Road, Koloa
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Shipwreck Beach and Poipu Bay Golf Course are also within 15 minutes.

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