Koloa

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Koloa featuring a beach and general coastal views

With its old-fashioned charm and stunning natural surroundings, Kauaʻi’s southernmost town offers a diverse range of delights that epitomize a tropical getaway.

Kōloa is the site of Hawaii’s first major sugar plantation. Often nicknamed Old Kōloa Town, the village retains much of its 19th-century character, with old-fashioned storefronts and quaint galleries lining the main road, and stunning beaches nearby.

If you’re feeling energetic, rent bikes and cycle the 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Old Kōloa Town to the oceanfront. Poipu Beach offers a clean shoreline and calm waters ideal for young children. Head a little further out to surf world-class waves and keep an eye out for humpback whales and dolphins, which are frequently spotted offshore. Sign up for a scuba-diving lesson and dive through coral gardens with sea turtles and tropical fish.

You don’t have to head to the ocean to enjoy the area’s waterfront attractions. Go kayaking or rafting along the Wailua River and enjoy the rain forest landscape as you glide along with the current. If boating isn’t your style, then take a zip-line tour to explore the landscape from a bird’s-eye point of view. Unwind after the excitement at one Kōloa’s spas, which offer massages and other treatments amid the region’s iconic rain forest setting.

Many of the resorts host luaus throughout the week. Luaus provide a chance to experience local culture, with dancing and a traditional feast. If you’d prefer a more low-key dinner, enjoy fresh-caught seafood at one of the restaurants in Old Kōloa Town. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Lappert’s Ice Cream, a local establishment selling fresh-made ice cream that uses regional ingredients. The town features mellow nightlife with plenty of bars and pubs, but those looking for glitzy nightclubs will be disapointed.

Kōloa and Poipu border one another, so it’s easy to enjoy the attractions in both towns. Learn more about the region’s history with a walk along the Kōloa Heritage Trail. Stretching between Kōloa and Poipu, the 10-mile (16-kilometer) path is dotted with informational plaques that enable a self-guided tour through the tropical landscape.

Kōloa is a 30-minute drive southwest of Lihue Airport. Public transport is limited, so rent a car, motorbike or bicycle to get the most out of your visit.

Where to stay in Koloa

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
The price is AU$367 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Poipu, this beach condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Kai Tennis Center and Shipwreck Beach are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (678 reviews)
"We had the 2 bedroom partial ocean view room. We had 4 adults and 2 kids with us and it was enough room. The only cons would be no AC in the second bedroom and no safe beach nearby. You would need to go to Poipu beach by car. The pool was huge and about 4ft depth. The Happy Hour at the bar had great ..."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
The price is AU$743 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
This family-friendly Koloa resort is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Shopping Village. Baby Beach and Lawai ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
"The on site restaurant and menu was rather disappointing."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas
Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas
4 out of 5
2440 Hoonani Road, Koloa, HI
The price is AU$490 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in Poipu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kiahuna Beach, Poipu Shopping Village and Moir Gardens. Shops at Kukuiula and Baby Beach are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (71 reviews)
"Our one bedroom villa met all of our needs."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
The price is AU$367 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Poipu, this beach condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Kai Tennis Center and Shipwreck Beach are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (678 reviews)
"We had the 2 bedroom partial ocean view room. We had 4 adults and 2 kids with us and it was enough room. The only cons would be no AC in the second bedroom and no safe beach nearby. You would need to go to Poipu beach by car. The pool was huge and about 4ft depth. The Happy Hour at the bar had great ..."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
3 out of 5
2253 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
Located in Poipu, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course, just steps away from Poipu Shopping Village and Moir Gardens. Poipu Beach and Kiahuna ...
4.2/5Excellent! (819 reviews)
"Overall resort property and grounds are beautiful. The room though needed updates, blow dryer broken, only get 4 towels unless you pay additional fee and no daily housekeeping. Was not aware of details regarding housekeeping services till check-in."

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
3 out of 5
2253B Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
Located in Poipu, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course, just steps away from Poipu Shopping Village and Moir Gardens. Poipu Beach and Kiahuna ...
4/5Very Good! (1,105 reviews)
"Beautiful quiet beachfront property very well maintained"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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