Traveling to Kauai with kids is great, because while it draws tourists from all over, during all seasons, it still maintains a small-town vibe.
Be Careful in the Surf
Pulling your car off to the side of the road and hiking to the beach is definitely an easy way to find your next picnic and swim spot, but be wary of the ocean. Not all beaches are the best for swimming, especially with little ones. And even if they’re highly rated swimming spots, remember that the ocean is unpredictable and that not all Kaua’i beaches have lifeguards on duty. Check for lifeguard beaches at Kauai.com. HawaiiBeachSafety.com is another great resource that collects weather and surf information to keep you informed on how safe the beaches are from day to day.
Lydgate Beach has a playground and is known for all of its Kauai family activities. Kapaa Beach Park has a paved trail that’s great for taking strolls with your kids, especially if you’re pushing a stroller. Poipu Beach Park and Salt Pond are other favorites and have lifeguards on duty most of the time.
Renting the Necessities in Kauai with Kids
It can be tough to haul all the necessary equipment, such as strollers and cribs, on a big trip such as one in Kauai with kids. That’s where Kaua’i Baby Rentals comes in handy. They rent strollers, cribs, carriers and even beach toys and kids’ chairs and umbrellas.
Explore the Waters with Surfing and Snorkeling
Many surfing instructors also have kids’ specials. And many can teach families in a private lesson. Kaua’i Surf School and Poipu Beach Surf School are great places to take lessons. At Kaua’i Surf School, kids’ private lessons (must be at least 12 years old) cost $200 or $300 for two kids. For a family of between three and four, Kaua’i Surf School charges $225 per person per day.
Snorkeling is a great way to appreciate Hawaii’s underwater ecosystems and it’s an easy, inexpensive activity to do with your kids, especially if you don’t want to splurge on surfing. Poipu Beach Park, Lydgate Beach and Salt Pond are recommended for family-friendly snorkeling.
Na Aina Kai, the Ultimate Playground
We love Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens for the little ones. It’s basically one giant playground with beautiful scenery adults can enjoy, too. There’s a wading pool with a 60-foot Jack and the Beanstalk sculpture in the middle, a child-sized hedge maze, two log cabins, a giant tree house and swinging bridge, a full-sized wooden train, life-sized bronze hippopotamus, and jungle garden and play structure. What’s not to like?