Back when Travis and I were planning to get married, it was our dream to get married in Hawaii. That didn’t work out, so then it became our dream to honeymoon in Hawaii. But then the heat pump at my townhouse broke. Sigh. So then, our dream became to go to Hawaii for our 10-year wedding anniversary.
We celebrated 10 years of marriage back in October…and it’s happening!
It is NOT a drill. We are GOING TO HAWAII!
As if that isn’t enough of a reason for celebration… it gets even more exciting.
This is our first kid-free vacation in 7 ½ years.
The last time we traveled kid-free was our babymoon cruise when I was pregnant. Which now that I think about it, wasn’t really kid-free since Jack hitched a ride in my belly.
So the fact that Travis and I are finally going to Hawaii AND we are going just the two of us is basically like a honeymoon all over again!
After much consideration, we decided to go to Kauai. We booked a fabulous looking condo through HomeAway in the Poipu area. Our condo is about a 5-minute walk to Brennecke and Poipu Beaches (voted ‘Best Beach’ in America by the Travel Channel). We are also within walking distance to Shipwreck Beach, if we want to mix it up a bit.
We rented a car so we can get around the island easily, but most days we will probably just walk to where we need to go. Our plans are to be really lazy, eat delicious food, spend time on the beaches, and go for a hike or two.
The only other thing I’ve booked is a mountain tubing adventure trip. We will be four-wheeling through the Lihue Plantation before hopping into a tube and taking a nice ride through the open canals and tunnels. At the end of our trip, we will enjoy lunch and a swim in a nearby natural swimming hole. I. Can’t. Wait!
Other things on our potential ‘to do’ list:
- Go to a luau (current front-runners are the Smith’s Family Luau or the Auli’i Luau)
- Catamaran tour of the Na Pali coast/dinner cruise (Captain Andy’s has been suggested)
- Eat all the food
- Drive the Waimea Canyon
- Rum tasting at Koloa Rum company
- Coffee tasting at Kauai coffee
- Visit the Kilauea Fish Market
- Hanalei Bay (shopping/dining)
So, here’s where I’d love your help! Is there anything you think we absolutely shouldn’t miss? Do you have a restaurant or food recommendation that we should be sure to add to our list? Anything you think we should know? Something that I should absolutely add to our pack list? Feel free to fill up my comments section with your tips!