Frequently Asked Questions
In this page we've tried to answer questions commonly asked about the 3 island locations. Scroll the page or jump directly:
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Probably 95% of the cell phones from the continental 48 states work in Princeville. This situation is improved from the early 2000's. The exact situation still depends upon your carrier and plan.
Cingular & ATT-- Thanks to the merger of Cingular and
ATT Kauai has equivalent GSM and TDMA service with good coverage along all
major roadways. Cingular/ATT cell phones work at the Cliffs Resort.
Verizon -- Verizon was once the local telephone carrier in Kauai. They have excellent coverage on all major roadways -- and from many beaches. Verizon Cell phones work at the Cliffs Resort.
Nextel -- Nationwide plans have coverage in Lihue, Kapaa, Poipu, and Princeville.
T-Mobile [Voicestream] -- There is a new GSM cell near the airport
and one in Princeville, so coverage is available at the Cliffs Resort.
Coverage on the rest of the island is spotty. back to previous page
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Kauai is not the same paradise for shoppers as it is for outdoor enthusiasts. Poipu and Princeville hotels both have pricey resort shops with
typical resort-ware selections. You either like their styles or you don't. Most of the
smaller boutiques are near Kapaa on the east coast and are a slight
bit closer to
Princeville than to Poipu. You can find a few nice island novelties in
these boutiques. If you just want souvenirs, of course there are
shops everywhere. And if you need a Kmart or Walmart these stores are in
Lihue and therefore closer to Poipu. Hanalei, Kapaa, Princeville, and
Poipu all have good tourist and necessity shops to fill most needs.
GOLF. Princeville and Poipu are anchors for
golfing with 45 and 36 holes respectively. There are 3 18 hole
courses convenient to the east coast. Obviously, you can enjoy golf
wherever you choose to stay -- north, south, or east.
Click here for
a listing of courses with more links to phone numbers, personalities, and costs.
depart right from Princeville Airport just a few miles from the Cliffs
Resort. Alternatively, you may drive 45 minutes to Lihue Airport and have
your choice amongst a number of operators. No Helicopter companies fly
right from Poipu [there is no Airport], instead visitors drive 20-30 minutes to
Port Allen where one company operates.
TOUR BOATS. most popular destination is the NaPali coastline. From the Cliffs resort on the North Shore, you are a 10 minute drive to Hanalei where a large number of operators are based. Visitors staying in Poipu drive to Port Allen [where there are also a large number of operators providing equivalent tours and experiences. Visitors staying on the East Coast must make their way to Port Allen or to Hanalei to participate in a boat tour.
Note: Both Helicopter rides and Boat tours are completely weather dependant. There are times when the North Shore and NaPali coast routes can be too rough. And on the same day, the South Shore may be fine. Or vice-versa.
DINING. Of course Poipu and Princeville both have
excellent dining. Our experience in Poipu is pretty limited. We thought
the non-hotel restaurants in Poipu were more expensive, louder, plastic,
and had a cookie-cutter restaurant-chain motif. We did not try the Poipu
hotel restaurants. The restaurants in the Princeville Hotel are also
expensive and have a quiet elegance; yet we always visit -- despite
the cost. The majority of the non-hotel restaurants on the north shore are in
Hanalei and are pretty much a down home laid back collection. And, there's
a wonderful restaurant in Kilauea that we visit every trip. If
you're staying along the east shore, you also have a wide assortment of casual
restaurants. The east shore also has a few fine dining establishments but
you must choose carefully. Elsewhere in our website, we
describe the major North Shore restaurants. And we offer hyperlinks to
covering the entire island.
WATERFALLS. The highest concentration of waterfalls
you can visit are between Lihue and Kapaa and separately along the North Shore. So staying in
Princeville or the east shore are the is top locations. See our
special web page for
more information on waterfalls. These waterfalls may be visited from parking
lot viewing areas and/or may involve some rather intense hiking. To the south and west of Lihue -- including Waimea Canyon -- the
waterfalls are much smaller.
The best place for beginning kayakers is probably best on the Wailua river
[outside Kapaa and half way between Poipu and Princeville]. After Kayaking
a few miles, you get a nice hike to pretty [but not very private]
waterfall. There is also good easy kayaking inside the several mile long reef
along the North Shore. There is also some nice ocean kayaking in the
south from Poipu to the beaches [reachable only by
horse or kayak] to the east of Poipu. The seas have to cooperate to make
this journey. The trophy kayaking trip is along the NaPali coast.
All trips leave from Kee Beach on the North Shore, making Princeville
lodging a wise choice. Obviously, the seas have to cooperate to make this
journey too. Several other east and north rivers are kayak-able, but the
trips are shorter.
HIKING. is widely available in the north,
northeast, and western parts of the island. Most hikes are in lush
tropical settings. The NaPali coast trail is probably the most famous; it
is reached from the road's end on the North Shore. A most bizarre trip is
the hike to the wettest spot on the earth which is reached up Waimea
Canyon. For simpler trips, the lava rocks below the north shore cliffs have some interesting
hiking from inlet to inlet. We have a few favorite waterfalls,
sea-caves, and baths in this section. The Poipu area is not a
popular hiking area. However, Poipu is 45 to 60 minutes closer to the
hikes in Waimea Canyon. If you are looking to take several day hikes in
the Waimea Canyon forests, we would have to recommend Poipu lodging.
SCUBA & SNORKELING. Kauai is not much of a dive or snorkel island. Prices are high and sea life is meager. There are a few resident docile turtles, but swarms of tropical fish are absent and sponges and corals are disappointing. Consequently, we have not done much diving or snorkeling. Still, we have a web page with references to dive shops and dive pro's. Poipu is reported to be better than Princeville.
is blessed with Hawaii's best beaches probably
due to strong surf pounding the corals and shells into wonderful sand.
We have more information in our web page devoted to
There are 10 miles of uninterrupted and undeveloped beach on the western shore along with a very very dry desert landscape. No palm trees there. Poipu beaches are backed by spartan and dry landscape. By North Shore standards, the Poipu beaches are smallish with rocks and shells. On the plus side, the south shore surf is milder so there is more opportunity for regular swimming.
The North Shore has the most wonderful white sand beaches ringed with palm trees and/or breathtaking cliffs. Several have small waterfalls or streams running right into the ocean. However, the surf is strong and swimming is dangerous. [Tunnels and Key Beaches are almost always safe bets]. From the Cliffs Resort we frequent any of 6 to 10 beaches no more than 10 miles away depending on the surf, the weather, and our mood [swimming, snorkeling, body surfing, reading, sunning, exploring, etc...]. Crowds at a North Shore beach -- even on a sunny day -- can be from 1 person every 10 feet to 1 person every 1000 feet, it just depends on the beach.
The beaches on the East Shore are very popular with the locals especially when there are big surfing waves. While never crowded, East Shore beaches are more typical of what's found in urban beaches along the mainland states costal areas. And because there is adjacent commercial development, East Shore beaches are the least scenic of any on Kauai.
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