I spent 3 months working remotely on Kauai, Hawaii in 2021. I have seen the island in great detail and compiled my 3 months into a 1 week itinerary for you.
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North America7 days / March - April - May 2021
Highs & Lows
Nicknamed the garden island for a reason: Kauai is stunning, lush, and full of incredible nature.
Depending on the season, waves are too strong and dangerous to swim at certain beaches.
I spent 3 months living and working remotely on Kauai in the town of Poipu. Here I combine my 3 months into what is the perfect 7 day itinerary on the island.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
If I were to only spend a week on Kauai I would make sure to book big, can't miss, activities far in advance but also leave time to just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Have structure but flexibility for when you stumble upon hidden gems or decide you just want to stay on the beach.
What tips would you give a friend?
Spend time getting to know the locals. Support local businesses and, respectfully, visit places that are not touristy. Kauai doesn't have many chain restaurants but still try to always eat and drink local.
You must bring reef safe sunscreen. Ideally the best form of sun protection is wearing water shirts but I know that isn't always practical. Reef safe sunscreen is critical for the well being of the reef ecosystems.
You absolutely need to rent a car to get around Kauai. There is no public transportation and Uber is not really on the island much. Rent a car from one of the places at the airport or there may be a few options on TURO as well. But you absolutely need a car to get around unless you're only planning on staying at your hotel the entire time.
I hate to be the Debbie downer but I really don't recommend the helicopter rides or skydiving here. They are very DANGEROUS. They keep it quiet for tourism reasons but there is on average about one helicopter crash a year which usually leads to casualties. The mountains have their own climate and the weather can often change so quickly which is what makes things so dangerous. The skydiving planes are also risky. I knew someone who worked as a firefighter on the island and they said the skydiving places were one more strike from being shut down. So even though it looks amazing, please be careful. It's a lot more safe to do a boat adventure that you can get up close and still amazing views as well....Read More