Poipu Beach, Kauai

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Know Before You Go, Shaka Guide's Poipu and Koloa Driving Tour

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Start Planning!

  • You’re about to go on an awesome adventure to a historic corner of Kauai, but there are a few things you should know about the tour before you get started. 
  • The tour begins and ends just outside of Poipu and travels in a counterclockwise loop.
  • You can also start the tour in Lihue.
  • Expect to spend about 4-6 hours if you plan to do all the activities on the tour. We recommend beginning before 9 a.m.
  • Poipu Beach Park is a great snorkel spot. Pack gear or rent it nearby at Nukumoi Surf Co.

What to Expect

To Get An Early Start 

We recommend starting the tour before 9:00 a.m. This tour concentrates on a small corner of the island but takes about 4-6 hours to complete!

To Get in the Water

You’ll visit three beautiful beaches on this tour today. We recommend you pack beach gear and plan to spend some time swimming and relaxing in the sun. At Poipu Beach, you can also snorkel! If you don’t have your own gear you can rent it nearby.

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To Learn

A majority of the stops on this tour are actually historic sites. From an ancient Hawaiian fishing village and cultural site to a Menehune fishpond, you’ll learn about the island, including some of its first inhabitants, creating a deeper connection to Hawaii.


Here’s how much you can expect to spend: 

  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack
  • $10.00 per person: Suggested donation for Makauwahi Cave guided tour
  • $10 per person / per day (and up): Optional expense for beach or surf rentals 

Start Packing!

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day. 

  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Reef-safe Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 

Malama 'Aina

In Hawaiian the word malama means “to take care” and the word aina means “land.”

When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you practice this and pick up your trash; respect the marine life, plants, and animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe.

Hawaii’s natural resources are precious. It’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources for generations by respecting the aina when you visit.

We hope that we’ve given you all the information you need to make the most of your day. Your vacation is extremely important to us so if you have any questions feel free to reach out at aloha@shakaguide.com.

Shaka Guide recognizes the use of diacritics in the Hawaiian language including the okina or glottal stop and the kahako or macron. In some instances, these have been omitted on our site to ensure the best online experience for our users since not all online platforms recognize these marks. We understand the importance of these diacritics to preserve the language and culture of Hawaii.

For more help planning your day check out our Poipu and Koloa Driving Tour suggested itinerary.

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