Destination guide

A gateway to the Garden Island

Dominating Kauai's South Shore, PoipuÊis one of Hawaii's premier resort destinations. It lures vacationers with golden crescentsÊof sand fringed by swaying palms and turquoise water. With Poipu vacation rentals you can unlock access to the resort's most coveted properties, complete with swimming pools, sun decks and frangipani-strewn gardens. As well as enjoying a bustling beach scene, PoipuÊis a gateway for seeing the rest of Kauai. It's known as the Garden Island, and with its emerald green mountains, lush valleys and cascading waterfalls it's easy to see why.

Things to do

Ziplining over the Poipu canopy

Feeling restless after a lazy day on the beach? With several exhilarating routes, Koloa Zipline is one of Kauai's most popular adventure attractions. You'll soar high above the jungle canopy and enjoy hours of thrills. Set on a lush plateau, the award-winning Poipu Bay Golf Course is one of Hawaii's most spectacular places to tee off. Enjoy a leisurely round or take advantage of clinicsÊandÊprivate lessons offered by local pros. After a day on the green, there's nothing more relaxing than sunset drinks on the balcony of your Poipu vacation rentals property.

Activities

Swim, snorkel and soak up the sun

Poipu is a sun worshipper's dream come true, with a pair of gorgeous beaches to choose from. A narrow sand spit juts out from the mainland towards an island, creating a pair of adjacent beaches. The water is calm and clear, which makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling or paddleboarding. Forgot your SUP? No problem. Or as the Hawaiians say, a'ole pilikia. Poipu Beach Park is dotted with places where you can rent everything from snorkel sets to paddleboards. You'll also find picnic tables, restrooms and a lifeguard stand.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Poipu vacation homes

Drenched in around 300 days of sunshine, Poipu is a year-round destination. Of course, numbers tend to spike over Christmas and the US school holidays when legions of families descend on Hawaii. Planning a family getaway? From breezy plantation-style cottages to luxury condos, Poipu vacation rentals are the perfect place to create sun-spangled family memories. While the summer months tend to be drier and busier, winter is a beautiful time to visit. During green season you'll enjoy quieter beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.

Natural features

Rub shoulders with seals, sea turtles and more

As well as luring beachgoers, the Poipu spit is a favorite hangout spot for endangered Hawaiian monk seals. In the afternoons they're often spotted snoozing in the sunshine. Green sea turtles are also local residents, while scores of humpback whales cruise the warm waters of Kauai's South Shore from November to May. If you're teeing off at Poipu Bay Golf Course, keep an eye out for NeneÊgeese. They're endemic to Hawaii and love to potter around the lush green course.

Beaches

Best beaches near Poipu vacation rentals

The beaches of Poipu are one of its biggest draws. Vacation homes can be found near places like Poipu Beach, a serene beach with clear waters for snorkeling and a native population of earless seals, and Mahaulepu Beach, a quiet, sandy beach with greenery, dunes, and a historic plantation home. You'll also like Glass Beach, a unique beachcomber’s haven with a shoreline made from colorful and clear pieces of sea glass.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Poipu

Fly into Lihue, HI (LIH), the closest airport, located 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from the city center.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals near Poipu

Poipu has many romantic destinations to explore on your couple’s trip. Vacation rentals are available near places like Wailua Falls, a dramatic double waterfall with spectacular rainbows, and Spouting Horn, a stunning geyser near a tranquil beach with rough waves and lava rocks. You'll also like Allerton Garden, an opulent and artful garden with many varieties of flowers and plants.

Can I find a vacation rental around Poipu?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,520 vacation rentals near Poipu. From 1,024 Condos/Apartments to 302 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Poipu for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Poipu Bay Golf Course: 2,520 vacation rentals
  • Kukuiula Boat Harbor: 2,522 vacation rentals
  • St. Raphael Church: 2,522 vacation rentals
  • Poipu Kai Tennis Center: 2,521 vacation rentals
  • Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: 2,519 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Poipu 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 Condos/Apartments in Poipu?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,024 Condos/Apartments in Poipu. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Poipu include:

  • Houses: 302 rentals available
  • Villas: 75 rentals available
  • Cottages: 34 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 Poipu?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,283 vacation rentals with pool available in Poipu. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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