Poipu translates to “crashing waves” in Hawaiian, an appropriate name for this popular surfing destination, which is also home to idyllic beaches, high-end resorts, golf courses and gourmet restaurants. Along with eco-friendly outdoor adventures and scuba diving, Poipu delights outdoor enthusiasts with its surrounding natural spoils.
Things to do in Poipu
You’re spoilt for choice with pristine beaches while staying in Poipu, particularly Baby Beach, which is a protected cove with golden sand and calm waters. If you love snorkelling, head to Lawai Beach, which has palm trees dotting its grassy coastline and an offshore coral reef that also provides great waves for surfers. Poipu Beach Park is home to the most-popular Poipu Beach, which features a natural wading pool and surf waves.
There’s a splendid dining scene in Poipu, which focuses on gourmet beachfront dining and incorporates a range of grilled meats, seafood, tropical fruits and garden herbs. Enjoy a fun atmosphere and fresh seafood at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler or experience old-world Italian ambience and cuisine at Dondero’s Restaurant.
Do you love to scuba dive? There are numerous charters offering guided scuba trips out to incredible dive spots. Some chartered cruises guarantee dolphin sightings, while others ensure environmentally-friendly diving around Hawaii’s forbidden island of Niihau. If you prefer to stay on land, check out the zip-lines at Skyline Eco-Adventures Poipu, which offer tremendous rainforest vistas.
Avid golfers will enjoy a round at Kiahuna Golf Club, which offers 18 challenging holes surrounded by palm trees, water traps and sand bunkers. Alternatively, enjoy some retail therapy at South Shore boutiques, or at one of the exquisite jewellery stores and contemporary art galleries nearby.
Getting around Poipu
Poipu is serviced by Lihue Airport, which is a 30-minute drive away and has regular flights from other Hawaiian islands. The best way to get around Poipu is by driving a rental car, but you can also catch taxis, rent bicycles or ride on local buses.