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For those chasing the sun, the South Shore of Kauai is the sunniest part of Kauai although the hillsides of Kalaheo or Lawai still get the occasional rain. Poi’pu itself is flat and dry and further west past Kalaheo, the climate gets even drier.

With several excellent hotels, such as the Grand Hyatt and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club, as well as numerous popular restaurants, Poi’pu feels faster paced than the North Shore. There are also numerous popular beaches along the South Shore as well as significant diving, snorkeling, and spear fishing for the underwater adventurer. Polihale, the widest and longest beach is a popular camping and surfing location. At Polihale, campers can set up right on the sand and listen to the waves crash as they drift off to sleep.


For those who enjoy life away from the beach, Poi’pu has many golf courses and popular shopping. An active day can consist of a quick car trip to the west to hike in Kokee or Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. For a boating excursion unique to the South Shore, head to Port Ele’ele in addition to another small harbor just west of Poi’pu on Lawai Beach Road. For the art lover, Hanapepe has Friday Art Walks. Although still quieter and calmer than the nightlife on Oahu, the south shore has varying lounges and some nightspots as resorts add and change their offerings.

To explore a less populated non-resort area, Koloa is a quaint small town giving an old Hawaii feel on the South Shore, not unlike Hanalei on the North Shore. There is also a beautiful planned community, Kukuiula, located near Poi’pu offering upscale homes, lots, a spa, golf, shopping and more, all with spectacular ocean vistas. There are a variety of property sizes in this area—Poi’pu itself is primarily residential, but outside of Poi’pu other towns have residential lots at the center, then larger, more remote lots outside of town.

Those who live in this area wouldn’t live anywhere else and after spending time on the South Shore, it makes sense even to visitors. The drier climate, breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon, impressive hiking, water activities, and active resort feel constantly draw visitors to the South Shore.