Birds Eye View
Explore the South Shore from above!
Discover the layout of the land and discover the many attractions on the sunny south side of Kauai!
Poipu Road is the most common access to the South Side from Old Koloa Town. Poipu Road leads to a turning circle that welcomes you to Po’ipu Beach. Ala Kalanikaumaka Street is an alternative bypass where you can enter The Shops at Kukui’ula. The bypass loops back to Koloa Road and Koloa Town.
Lawai Road, also known as the road to “Spouting Horn“, leads to our vacation condos located at Whalers Cove and Kuhio Shores. Both condos are within easy walking distance to the surf shops, coffee-shops, clothing boutiques and fine-dining restaurants at The Shops at Kukui’ula. Don’t miss their gourmet Farmers Market on Wednesday!
Whalers Cove Resort is located at the river mouth of Waikomo Stream and fronts a popular shore-dive location called Koloa Landing. The resort offers luxurious two-bedroom oceanfront condos that are roughly a 3-minute walk from Baby Beach. The lanais have views that are difficult to beat. If you want peace and quiet, first class condos, meticulously kept and beautiful grounds, a great private and uncrowded oceanfront pool, spa hot tub, lava-rock shower, barbecues, free parking and local calls and a full kitchen to use at your leisure, it’s Whaler’s Cove.
Baby Beach is a small cove protected by the reef fronting the quaint residential neighborhood between Whalers Cove and Kuhio Shores. It is a special and secluded place on the south side where local residents (and visitors in the know) bring their keiki (toddlers) to play in the ocean and to learn how to swim for the first time. The water is only a couple of feet deep in a high tide with gentle waves that roll onto shore.
Whalers Cove and Kuhio Shores are both within easy walking distance to Baby Beach if you are vacationing with small kids. Prince Kuhio Park honors Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole who was raised in Koloa. Had Hawai’i not been annexed to the United States, he likely would have reigned as king. Instead he was elected as a congressional delegate for Hawai’i for 10 consecutive terms. He was known as a tireless champion of Hawaiian culture and is so revered that his birthday, March 26, is a state holiday. His statue and the foundation of his home and fishpond are protected in the park.
Kuhio Shores is a perfect location to view sea turtles right from your lanai or snorkel and surf at Lawai Beach. One and two bedroom oceanfront condos are available and most of them have air conditioning! The lawn fronting The Beach House Restaurant is a popular wedding destination and an awesome spot to watch the sunset and the surfers. This is one of our favorite places for Dining with a View! Kuhio Shores hosts our Aloha Surf Cam with a view of the popular surf-break PK’s. Centers and Acid Drops fronting Lawai Beach are also popular surf-breaks for more experienced surfers.
Further down Lawai road and you will discover Kukui’ula Harbor and Spouting Horn. This stretch of Lawai Road is a favorite for joggers, strollers and cyclists to enjoy an early morning fitness session along this gentle scenic coastline and adjacent to the pretty views of Kukui’ula Golf Course.
Kukui’ula Harbor is the perfect hang out. Restrooms and sheltered pavilions are available as well as an expansive lawn that is great for picnics at sunset. The gentle bay is also a favorite for young kids to swim and play. Fishing is a popular activity from the pier. Sunset sailing tours and dive fishing boats use this recreational harbor along with Kukui’ula Outrigger paddlers that meet here in the evening to canoe. Looking to experience an outrigger canoe ride? Find other unique activities and attractions in our online Experience Kauai Guide.
Further down Lawai road and you will discover Spouting Horn and the Allerton Garden which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Just as its name applies, at Spouting Horn you will see water from the waves shoot several stories into the air through a blow-hole in the lava rock. While there, souvenir shoppers can hit the arts and crafts market for special mementos to bring home. Allerton Garden (Lawa`i Kai) is a garden paradise. A series of garden rooms unfold between the Lawa`i Stream and the cliffs of the Valley with the focus on landscape design. This is indicative of the ahupuaa. The sound of water is in abundance in pools, miniature waterfalls, and fountains.
Travel to the end of the road and you will be at the entrance to Allerton Gardens. This stretch of road is great for whale watching when the Humpback Whales visit the islands annually between November and February. Allerton Beach is hard to reach unless you are able to navigate the rocky shoreline to get there or if you are lucky enough to snorkel there on certain boat tours.
Kukui’ula Golf Course is a private course and this green enjoys beautiful views of Lawai Bay and the valley that is home to Allerton Gardens and the neighborhood of Kalaheo to the west. Unless you are on a tour of the Allerton Gardens this is a private stretch of road. There are many other beautiful golf courses to play on Kauai!
You can reach the vacation district of Poipu Beach by continuing down Poipu Road at the turning circle. The first vacation condos you will encounter on the right are Waikomo Streams. After Koloa Landing Resort a right turn on Kapili Road will lead you to the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Further down Poipu Rd you will come to Kiahuna Plantation Drive on your left and the entrance to the Poipu Shopping Village. This is the drive that leads to Kiahuna Golf course and our beautiful newly constructed and air-conditioned vacation villas at Pili Mai Resort and our private vacation home Pili Aloha. To your right, on the oceanside, are the entrances to Kiahuna Plantation.
A glimpse down the coastline shows an alternate access to the Sheraton via Hoonani Road which is opposite the entrance to The Shops at Kukui’ula on Lawai Road. Hale Pohaku Kai, a private vacation home is located here. This stretch of road and the rock wall fronting the ocean is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike to gather every evening and watch the sunset. If you are searching for the elusive green flash… you just may see it from here! Take Kapili Rd to connect back to Poipu Road.
Past the Sheraton is the Kiahuna Plantation Resort. Kiahuna Plantation is a unique vacation spot on Kauai. It was built directly on a beautiful sandy beach between Poipu Beach and the Sheraton where you have so many choices in water activities including snorkeling, body boarding, surfing, paddle boarding and swimming. Or you can sit in a chair and watch the world go by gazing out into the turquoise ocean. There is plenty of white, soft sand for building sand castles and creating the best memories in the sunshine in Poipu.
Opposite of the Kiahuna Plantation is the Poipu Beach Athletic Club where members can swim, ride the water slide, and sip a cocktail by the pool or lounge in the warmth of the sun. For the more ambitious there are many work out opportunities with machines, free weights, tennis, pickle ball, basket ball, shuffleboard, and badminton, just to name a few.
Kiahuna Beach fronting Kiahuna Plantation Resort joins to Waiohai Beach and Poipu Beach Park. Watch the surfing out at the local surf breaks Waiohai and Left-lefts, snorkel, swim and paddle board. Baby Beach is a favorite if you are traveling with small kids. Poipu Beach offers a playground on the lawn, shaded pavilions to picnic, amenities and lifeguards.
Brenneckes Beach is a popular beach for bodyboarding. Across the street is Kaui Road where the popular vacation home Hale Momo is located. Opposite Brenneckes is the greenbelt walking path that leads between the vacation condos that make up Poipu Kai Resort including our vacation condos located at Kahala, Manualoha, Regency, and Poipu Sands. The greenbelt leads all the way to The Grand Hyatt and Shipwrecks Beach.
From Brenneckes, continue along Hoone Road and take a right on Nalo Road to get to Nihi Kai Villas. Our private vacation home with separate ohana (guest cottage) Manako Hale Estate is located further up Nalo Road on the left. Continue along Hoone Road and it becomes Pe’e Road as it starts to wrap around the shoreline of Poipu Crater. On your right is a driveway for Poipu Shores, a beautiful oceanfront resort offering one and two bedroom condos with breathtaking views and a heated oceanfront pool.
Next you will see Poipu Palms followed by the Makahuena. Just before the Makahuena is a gorgeous oceanfront home on the cliff Hale Moku that provides guests with a panoramic seascape experience! Makahuena in Poipu on Kauai is where you can watch the sun rise and set because you are at the southernmost point of the island. Makahuena provides you with a plethora of activities with its own tennis court, jet spa and swimming pool. Opposite the Makahuena entrance you can turn left on Oluolu Rd and left on Makanui Rd at the top of the crater to access our private vacation homes Lei Ohana and Makanui Bungalow. We also offer private vacation homes in the Poipu Kai Resort area, Daydream Believer a multi-family Hideaway, and Hale Huna which is alongside the greenbelt walking path that connects Brenneckes Beach to Shipwrecks Beach.
Continue along Pee Rd and after The Pointe at Poipu is the entrance to Poipu Sands which is also part of Poipu Kai Resort. Poipu Sands is located on over seven acres next door to the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Poipu Sands and the Grand Hyatt share a gateway to the Poipu Kai greenbelt giving everyone easy access to Shipwreck Beach (Keoneloa Bay) on one end and Poipu and Brennecke’s beaches on the other. Poipu Sands has its own swimming pool and tennis court as well as use of the Poipu Kai community swimming pool, hot tub and tennis courts.
Shipwrecks Beach, along Keoneloa Bay, is named after an old wooden shipwreck that was partially buried in the sand above the waterline and slightly left of center on the beach. The ship hasn’t been seen since 1982 when is was reported to be over 100ft long. Swimming here is dangerous as there are strong currents during much of the year and this beach is best suited for strong swimmers and experienced bodyboarders and surfers. The Cliff at Shipwreck Beach is between 35 to 40 feet high above the surface of the water and people often jump from it although we recommend leaving those kinds of stunts to the movies such as when Harrison Ford and Anne Heche jumped from this cliff in the movie 6 Days and 7 Nights. Interested in other movie locations on Kauai? Explore these movies filmed on Kauai.
The Mahaulepu Heritage Trail begins at the north end of the beach and continues along the sea cliffs for several miles all the way to Kawailoa Bay. This is a great place to view Humpback Whales from November through February.
Mahaulepu Beach provides an idyllic stretch of golden sand that feels like a remote piece of paradise, yet it’s only a short 2-mile drive from the Grand Hyatt Kauai at the end of Poipu Road. It is part of the Maha’ulepu watershed that encompasses Mt. Ha’upu, several agricultural valleys and a rare stretch of undeveloped coastline. Maha’ulepu is also home to a research site and habitat for rare and endangered plants and animals. Ongoing paleoecological, archaeological and historical research at the Makauwahi Cave directs restoration of native plants and wetland features. Nine endangered species, including a blind spider and a blind cave amphipod, nene and monk seals, inhabit or visit Maha`ulepu. Tortoises can also be found here.
Maha’ulepu is sacred to Native Hawaiians and contains many ancestral remains, submerged petroglyphs and a heiau (Hawaiian temple) awaiting restoration. The area is important for Hawaiian families to have a place where they are able to pass on their traditions of fishing, hunting and gathering.