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Kauai’s south shore: Best eight-day itinerary, part 6

Rest and relaxation, both physical and spiritual, wrap up the last two days of this itinerary.

Spouting Horn Beach Part is most spectacular at high tide
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut
Na Kane O Keoneloa, a powerful male hula group, performs ancient chants and movements revived from over 100 years ago
Photo by Thomas A. Wohlmut

Day 7: More snorkeling and blowholes

Kick-back for a more low-key day close to your Poipu lodging after your very full jaunt to the north shore yesterday. Let the tides determine your schedule. Time your snorkel for low tide at Lawa’i Beach, just below the Beach House restaurant. Then at high tide, be at Spouting Horn Beach Park for the best display of its blowhole.

Lunch at Savage Shrimp, dinner at Tortilla Republic.

Day 8: Hindus and hulas

In the highlands above the east shore, Kauai’s Hindu Monastery sits in idyllic serenity above the Wailua River. The peaceful gardens are worth a wander alone. But to see more, take one of their weekly free 90-minute guided public tours that start at 9 a.m. Call ahead for the schedule and to reserve your parking space. Their conservative dress code means no shorts, t-shirts, tank tops or dresses above the knee.

Master craftsmen are hand-carving imported stones from India and building a massive temple. Even just partially built, the temple is an astonishing sight. At the end of the tour, visitors are welcome to meditate in their smaller working temple. It’s truly an otherworldly experience. You’ll feel lighter as you drive back down to sea level.

Check out Opaeka’a Falls along the way. And if anyone in your party is into textiles, Kapaia Stitchery is worth a stop to gawp at the Hawaiian quilts in fantastic contemporary designs.

An excursion to Polihale Beach Park is an option for the afternoon, if you have the energy or inclination. It’s situated on Kauai’s arid and dramatic far west shore.

If you missed the luau at Tahiti Nui and it’s a Sunday or Thursday, book the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau, the best on the south shore. Alternatively, enjoy a casual dinner at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s Seaview Terrace with a traditional torch-lighting ceremony, followed by live Hawaiian entertainment.

Check out day 1, day 2, days 3-4, day 5 and day 6 of this itinerary.

More information:

Driving map

Recommended dining:

Savage Shrimp
2829 Kukulu'ula Village K-158
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: (808) 742-9611
Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Seaview Terrace
Tortilla Republic

Lawa’i Beach

Kauai’s Hindu Monastery
Opaeka’a Falls
Polihale Beach Park
Spouting Horn Beach Park

Kapaia Stitchery
Living Foods Market (A great little grocery where you can pick up kiawe seasoning for a taste of aloha back home)

Want to learn more about Kauai? Check out So Much More Hawaii blog.

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