Koloa, HI

Travel Guide
Koloa which includes general coastal views and a beach
With its old-fashioned charm and stunning natural surroundings, Kauaʻi’s southernmost town offers a diverse range of delights that epitomize a tropical getaway. 

Kōloa is the site of Hawaii’s first major sugar plantation. Often nicknamed Old Kōloa Town, the village retains much of its 19th-century character, with old-fashioned storefronts and quaint galleries lining the main road, and stunning beaches nearby.  

If you’re feeling energetic, rent bikes and cycle the 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Old Kōloa Town to the oceanfront. Poipu Beach offers a clean shoreline and calm waters ideal for young children. Head a little further out to surf world-class waves and keep an eye out for humpback whales and dolphins, which are frequently spotted offshore. Sign up for a scuba-diving lesson and dive through coral gardens with sea turtles and tropical fish. 

You don’t have to head to the ocean to enjoy the area’s waterfront attractions. Go kayaking or rafting along the Wailua River and enjoy the rain forest landscape as you glide along with the current. If boating isn’t your style, then take a zip-line tour to explore the landscape from a bird’s-eye point of view. Unwind after the excitement at one Kōloa’s spas, which offer massages and other treatments amid the region’s iconic rain forest setting. 

Many of the resorts host luaus throughout the week. Luaus provide a chance to experience local culture, with dancing and a traditional feast. If you’d prefer a more low-key dinner, enjoy fresh-caught seafood at one of the restaurants in Old Kōloa Town. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Lappert’s Ice Cream, a local establishment selling fresh-made ice cream that uses regional ingredients. The town features mellow nightlife with plenty of bars and pubs, but those looking for glitzy nightclubs will be disapointed. 

Kōloa and Poipu border one another, so it’s easy to enjoy the attractions in both towns. Learn more about the region’s history with a walk along the Kōloa Heritage Trail. Stretching between Kōloa and Poipu, the 10-mile (16-kilometer) path is dotted with informational plaques that enable a self-guided tour through the tropical landscape.

Kōloa is a 30-minute drive southwest of Lihue Airport. Public transport is limited, so rent a car, motorbike or bicycle to get the most out of your visit.

Where to stay in Koloa

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI, 96756
The price is ¥49,970 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 31
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (738 reviews)
"Was very happy with stay, very roomy."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI, 96756
The price is ¥142,647 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"Our recent was an excellent experience."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI, 96756
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 5 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Awesome resort. The perfect place to relax and unwind with my family of 2 young kids."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI, 96756
The price is ¥49,970 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 31
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (738 reviews)
"Was very happy with stay, very roomy."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
3 out of 5
2253B Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI, 96756
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a waterslide. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the property condition ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,122 reviews)
"I didn't like chickens crowing starting at 4 am, but they seem to be everywhere on Kauai. Both cards to the condo failed at the same time when returning the condo on the last night of our stay. It took 20 minutes on the phone and another 10 - 15 minutes at the front desk to get the issue resolved. ..."

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
3 out of 5
2253 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI, 96756
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (858 reviews)
"Very nice location and place. We had an ocean view room and highly recommend it. Right up on beach with lots to do around the area. Overall great, a little pricey when you include the cleaning fee which seems excessive but we had a great time."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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