Was it a dream? Were we just in Hawaii for a week with our baby girl? Sam and I had 7 whole days of mostly uninterrupted time together with nothing on the schedule but relaxing and adventuring. It was GLORIOUS! I usually have huge expectations before a trip and then stress myself out trying to make my vacation dreams come true, but this time I had only 2 items on my “must do” list… swim in a waterfall and hike to the top of a mountain. We did all of that and more! Sam and I needed this trip now more than ever, we both had been feeling burnt out on life and parenthood to be honest. We did the best thing for our marriage and canceled plans to fly to the East Coast for a wedding and flew to Hawaii for a week on the warm sandy beaches instead. We left the boys at home with Nana and Papa and let them be spoiled for a week so don’t feel too bad for them.
Kauai is such a magical island. It’s filled with lush gardens, jungle trees (you know the kind Tarzan swings from), hidden waterfalls and tucked away beaches. It’s small enough to get from the north side of the island (Princeville) to the south side (PoiPou) in 45 minutes. If you leave in the afternoon if might take longer as it’s a two lane highway and traffic starts to build up around 2:30pm. We had the best trip ever… like better than our honeymoon cause we savored every bit of it. So here are our tips and trick to traveling with a baby, saving money, and seeing the best of Kauai. We want to travel more and think that you probably do too, we’re giving away a few free buddy passes to our membership discount travel site Jifu. Click HERE for a FREE buddy pass to book your next travel adventure and save a ton of moola!
The Bali Hai Wyndham Resort in Princeville. We knew we wanted to stay on the North side of the island in Princeville; we were debating between the St. Regis resort of renting a condo. We were so glad we booked a condo. We stayed for a week and having a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a washer and dryer was a game-changer. Ruby had enough room to crawl around and play and we saved money by making breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. Seriously when you travel with kids or a baby you just want space and a normal sized coffee pot. We rented a condo at the Bali Hai Wyndham resort through HomeAway.com. Staying at a place like this is genius for families because there are also incredible pools and spas. We ended our days at the pool and had so much fun making friends in the spa. When you fly into Kauai, rent a car and hit up the Costco in Lihue to save the most on food.
….and yes I’m married to a hairy sexy man beast. 😉
Where We Ate:
Food Trucks: Paradise Ramen- super good Ramen close to the airport but kind pricey // Kickshaws at Warehouse 3540- Amazing Tacos and Sandwiches // The Fresh Shave- Custom Shave Ice and incidentally the best shave ice I’ve ever had // Wishing Well- Coffee, tea, acai bowls in Hanalei.
Restaurants: Ama- really great patio and outdoor dining that looked out the mountains. We ate here on our anniversary and there were 2 other couples there with babies Ruby’s age.
Grocery Stores: Costco in Lihue, Foodland in Princeville, The Big Save in Hanalei
Aloha Exchange, The Barn 808, The ABC Store, Warehouse 3540
Where we hiked:
Sleeping Giant- about 3 miles up but pretty steep, it was muddy in some spots but for the most part not that difficult to do while wearing a baby. We saw some kids hiking with their families but I don’t think our 6 and 3 year old would have made it.
Walk to Hideaways- from our condo in Princeville we would walk down to this hidden beach and it was one of my favorite things.
Shipwrecks- This beach has a gnarly cliff that some crazy people jump off but it also has some great trails to walk on.
The Napali coast line is still closed until April 2019 and in the winter Queen’s bath is closed due to treacherous conditions.
Anini Beach in Princeville- lifeguards on duty and family friendly.
Pine Trees in Hanalei- kid friendly, great for surfing, close to town and has lifeguards on duty.
Shipwrecks in PoiPu- great for daredevils to cliff jump, just have someone spot for rocks in the water, also great for hiking.
Baby Beach in PoiPu- A sweet little cove that’s perfect for babies and small kids with a lot of sea life to check out in the tide pools nearby.
Hideaways in Princeville- It’s a steep treck down to this beach but it’s worth it for the seclusion and the seashells.
Waimea Canyon- Worth the drive up to see this beautiful canyon with all its waterfalls.
Wailua Falls- My favorite moment on this trip. You can drive to the top of it and try to hike down but it’s steep, muddy, and kinda sketchy. Also if you go here the locals ask that you not to geotag it since it’s not for every tourist.
Lighthouse/ Bird Sanctuary- This is a state park so it costs money to enter and their WIFI was on the fritz so we couldn’t actually get close to the Lighthouse but seeing all the birds on the hillside made it worth it.
*Thank you to our new friends Priscilla and Daniel from “The Fresh Shave”… they took us to this beautiful waterfall in Waimea, baby beach in PoiPo and then their Shave Ice food truck. I’m not kidding their Shave Ice is the best I’ve ever had to the most creative and yummy custom flavors.