Kauai’s sunny South Shore is where the locals often go to find sun when the rest of the island is raining. There are dive shops, activity huts, South Shore surf board and snorkel rentals as well as great Kauai dining, shopping, all within walking distance or a short drive from our Poipu vacation rentals.
Spouting Horn blow hole near Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii.
Kauai South Shore starts at the tunnel of trees off the Kuhio Highway. It’s a grand entrance to a special side of the island. The first town you come to is Koloa and is about as charming as it gets. Koloa is a town that sprung up during the sugar cane industry and much of that history is still present here. Past Koloa we get to the beaches of Poipu. Aside from the great beaches other notable locations are Spouting Horn which is a lava tube that sometimes shoots 40 feet in the air, a sight to behold.
In addition to all the activities and amenities Poipu offers, it also has beautiful weather and beaches as well as several scenic attractions, such as Spouting Horn. Be sure to visit Poipu Beach, a popular beach for both locals and tourists. Poipu Beach ranks at the top among the 10 “best” beaches selected nationwide and was named America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel.
In recent years Poipu has gown substantially with luxury homes and new shopping areas. A big draw for visitors is the Kukuiula shopping center which offers everything from surf wear to gourmet dining. Kukuiula is designed in a nostalgic plantation style but caters to upscale shoppers.
Another notable attraction is the old abandoned sugar mill you will see off in the distance as you head towards the Hyatt Resort. The sugar mill is one of the last remnants of a bygone era when sugar and pineapple exports were the main business on Kauai.
An old abandoned sugar mill in Koloa Kauai, Hawaii.
Heading towards the end of the road you will pass the Hyatt Resort, considered the one of the top luxury hotels on Kauai, and on to Mahalpu. Mahalpu is the end of the road and off the beaten track. There are many crescent beaches and reef outcroppings that make this a special place to visit.
The beaches are popular with locals and visitors alike. Many Hawaiian Monk Seals come here to birth their young. Be sure to give these shy creatures plenty of room…it’s the law. Also respect the locals families who love this beach area. Generally speaking approaching locals with aloha you will get aloha back.
Learn more about the different sides of Kauai: North Shore, South Shore, East Shore, and West Shore