How can one of the most beautiful places in the world get even better? By giving you easy access to viewing whales and dolphins, crashing waves, and green seaside cliffs. When you stay in one of Premier Kauai’s luxury rentals, you will be just steps from one of the top 10 rated recreational trails in all the US as rated by a 2021 USA Today poll.
Ke Ala Hele Makalae
While the name might be a bit difficult to say for non-native Hawaiians, Ke Ala Hele Makalae is Kauai’s most popular walking, running, and carefree biking trails. Meaning “path that goes by the coast” in Hawaiian, Ke Ala Hele Makalae is approximately 7.3 miles of pavement running from Lydgate Park to Wailua Beach Park and Kapa’a to Ahihi Point. When finished, it will total over 17 miles, providing a long trail that offers the best views of the Kauai Coconut Coast. The trail is completely wheelchair and stroller accessible, making sure no one in the family is left behind for an adventure down this beautiful trail.
What to Expect
Ke Ala Hele Makalae really takes the word “multi-use” to the next level. Whether taking a stroll, learning about the history and culture of the garden island from the interpretive signs, enjoying the whales when they are visiting, quietly viewing the monk seals resting on the beach, or delighting in the spinner dolphins dancing in the water, your visit to Kauai will be even more memorable because of this nearby attraction.
Accessing the Trail
As a guest of Premier Kauai, your access can be just a few steps away from your rental! If you are driving, Ke Ala Hele Makalae can be accessed from nearly every road that leads to the ocean, from Wailua to North Kapaa. On the southern end is Lydgate Park, where you can find plenty of parking along with public restrooms. To access the northern most part of the trail, head over to Kealea Beach Park, where there is also plenty of parking and public restrooms.
Once you have explored Ke Ala Hele Makalae from top to bottom, you may wish to find some activities in the vicinity. Fortunately, Ke Ala Hele Makalae’s perfect location allows you to access plenty of fun. Lydgate Park offers water and land activities to keep the whole family busy for the day. The park is home to two separate lagoons that offer natural barriers resulting in calmer waters. This makes it perfect to jump in the ocean water for a swim or even go snorkeling. Once you are done with the aquatic fun, head back to shore to find plenty more to do. Picnic pavilions offers plenty of space to lay out the perfect picnic with family. The spacious playground and huge community-built wooden structure offers hours of fun for your “keiki” (children). Last but certainly not least, the beach itself offers the perfect spot to lay back and soak in the Kauai sunshine.
Another great way you can take advantage of Ke Ala Hele Makalae is by grabbing a bicycle rental. Hele on Kauai Bike Rentals is nearby and offers a variety of bike rentals. Their bicycles come in top shape and ready to ride. Enjoy a basic beach cruiser or saddle up for a tandem bicycle ride. Each bike rental is offered by 2-hour, 4-hour, 24-hour, or week-long rates. Each rental also comes with a helmet, tote bag, and lock to help keep you and your rental safe. You can find Hele on Kauai Bike Rentals located at 4-1302 Kuhio Hwy in Kapa’a.
Come Visit the Kauai Coconut Coast
Each year, countless visitors travel to our beautiful island for a vacation getaway like no other. Whether you are here to see the beautiful sights, enjoy thrilling water sports, or simply to relax, there is something for you to enjoy on the island. Kauai also features many different romantic activities that make for the perfect date night with a loved one. Take a look at some date night places to visit in Kauai:
Hit the Beach
One of the first things you will do when visiting Kauai is hit the beautiful beaches along the shore. Make sure you do the same thing at the start of your romantic date night. Kauai’s beaches are known to be pristine and offer incredible views. While you can stay on more populated beaches, there are plenty off the beaten path where you can find some privacy. Head to the South Shore on Kauai to find several beaches that are perfect for a romantic stroll. In particular, Maha’ulepu Beaches are a great spot if you want to spend a few hours by the shore. This collection of beaches is made up of Gillin’s Beach, Kawailoa Bay Beach, and Ha’ula Beach. Expect to find pristine white sand along the beaches. Be careful during your visit as lifeguards are not posted at these reclusive beaches. The entrance is locked at 6:00 PM, so make sure you start your date early!
Enjoy a Picnic
Another great area of Kauai that is often secluded is Kuilau Ridge Rail. This trail offers a consistent incline but rewards hikers with beautiful views along the way. After hikers make their way approximately half an hour up the trail you will find a wonderful picnic area. Visitors will enjoy views of the valley below along with the nearby coast. A wooden bridge can also be found nearby that is perfect for photos. The more adventurous can continue on with their hike afterward or simply head back the way you came. The entire trail can take around 3 hours to complete if you continue on past the picnic area.
Enjoy Beach Activities in Hanalei Bay
While the South Shore of Kauai offers secluded areas, the North Shore is known for the more populous areas. Enjoy a date night by the beach in Hanalei Bay where you can find a variety of things to do. The entire bay stretches out for two miles. You can build a sandcastle with your loved one or learn how to surf together. Snorkelers will love the coral reefs that protect the bay and are visible just under the water. A sunset stroll along Hanalei Bay will showcase all of the wonderful activities locals and visitors can enjoy on Kauai.
See the Local Falls
Visitors to Kauai can find two waterfalls on the island that are visible from a stroll along the Kapa’a Stream. Take your loved one on a beautiful walk through the rainforest for a romantic outing. The walk itself is fairly easy and the tree canopy will make sure to keep you shaded from the sun. Expect beautiful views from the start of this trail up until you reach Ho‘opi‘i Falls. Since you will be walking through the rainforest we highly recommend you bring mosquito repellant with you!
Hit the Local Spas
Help your loved one feel absolutely relaxed by visiting a local spa together. Hanalei Day Spa is a located favorite that offers a variety of romantic activities such as couple’s massages. You can also order a variety of treatments such as facials to help look and feel your best. Kauai features plenty of spas in most cities across the island if you find yourself far away from Hanalei Day Spa.
Romantic Dinner for Two
Kauai offers plenty of incredible restaurants that feature freshly prepared cuisine and amazing views. Many of these restaurants are the perfect spot to have a romantic dinner for two. One local favorite is Eating House 1849 Koloa. This authentic Hawaiian eatery features delicious entrees that pull from historic recipes. You will find a fine dining experience without paying the price of a five-star restaurant. For incredible American cuisine, look no further than Sam’s Ocean View Restaurant. As they name implies, you will find some incredible views of the shore that offer the perfect backdrop for a meal. Both of these local favorite restaurants continue to offer dine-in services. Expect to find COVID-19 safety precautions in place to ensure you have a safe and incredible meal.
Romantic Places to Visit in Kauai
There is no bad time of the year to visit Kauai. You and your loved one can enjoy these incredible date night hotspots along with other attractions found on the island. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today where you can find luxury amenities and privacy not found at local resorts.