Destination guide

Koloa – where Hawaiian heritage meets the ocean

You can feel the Hawaii of old in Koloa. The town is hidden behind groups of scented eucalyptus trees on the gorgeous south coast of Kauai and known for being the spot of the Aloha State's first sugarcane plantation. The wood-faced buildings of that 19th-century growing boom still dot the heritage town center, while ruined remains of sugarcane farms can be explored on the outskirts. The salt-wash of the ocean is another pull. Don the hibiscus garlands and wax down the board – loads of Koloa vacation rentals sit right next to palm-fringed beaches where the surf rolls in.

Things to do

Koloa – Hawaii's plantation past

Koloa is known as the home of the first ever sugarcane plantation in all of Hawaii. It was built in the 1830s and helped to kick-start an industry that would go on to transform the islands into a powerhouse for growing the crop. Get your history head on and make for the Old Sugar Mill of Koloa. It sits on Koloa Road, showcasing a couple of half-ruined towers and grinding mills, along with a memorial that commemorates all the farmers who once worked the land.


A local Koloa vibe

It's easy to feel like a real local when staying in Koloa vacation rentals. The Monday farmers' market is a chance to mingle with the folk who call this corner of Kauai their home, not to mention buy some regional produce to cook up in your private kitchen and get the taste buds tingling, later on. There are traditional Hawaiian cookhouses and surf shacks to dine and drink in. There are heritage walking routes that take you past age-old remnants of the sugarcane-growing era, plus all those charming regional delicatessens and shops.


Finding Koloa's peak moment

Not only do the rains fall heavier in Hawaii between December and March, but Koloa vacation rentals tend to fill up to bursting with people seeking a break from the cold US winter. There are far fewer downpours between May and September, but prices can creep upwards in the summer, during the major school breaks. The upshot is that spring, in April and May, and fall, in September and October, are the top times to visit this corner of Kauai. It's not as busy and the weather tends to be great.

Natural features

Coastal peaks and wavy beaches in Koloa

Koloa is a small town, tucked between pockets of palm and eucalyptus just a whisker away from the beautiful south coast of Kauai. Loads of Koloa vacation rentals in Poipu have oceanfront views and walking access to the beaches. The best sit between the headlands in the Poipu Beach Park, offering access to gold-glinting sands and little clusters of black-rock reefs underwater. Other coves have waves that are primed for surfers, or lanky palms that cast shade over the hammocks. If you want an adventure, the Napali Coast awaits to the north – it's sure to get you gasping with its soaring, jungle-clad cliffs.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Koloa

The nearest airport is in Lihue, HI (LIH), located 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Koloa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,396 vacation rentals near Koloa. From 292 Houses to 912 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Koloa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Koloa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Koloa:

  • Poipu: 1,496 vacation rentals
  • Bayview: 727 vacation rentals
  • Nawiliwili: 869 vacation rentals
  • Hanalei Palms: 337 vacation rentals
  • Kaiulani: 415 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Koloa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Koloa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kiahuna Golf Course: 2,506 vacation rentals
  • Poipu Bay Golf Course: 2,504 vacation rentals
  • Prince Kuhio Park: 2,505 vacation rentals
  • Kukuiula Boat Harbor: 2,498 vacation rentals
  • Anne Knudsen Park: 2,504 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Koloa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Koloa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 292 Houses in Koloa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Koloa include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 912 rentals available
  • Cottages: 34 rentals available
  • Villas: 74 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Koloa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,160 vacation rentals with pool available in Koloa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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