Poipu Crater, Kauai

Poipu Crater is a very private 7.6 acre community consisting of 15 Polynesian style duplex condos surrounded by lush vegetation. The complex features a swimming pool, tennis court, club house, ping pong table and putting green. Although not apparent from the aerial picture, these condos are indeed in the center of a small volcanic crater and are very private and isolated from the surrounding homes. It’s about a 10 minute walk to either Shipwreck beach or Poipu Beach Park. The two bedroom units are large (1200+ sq ft), and represent some of the best value in Poipu.

Poipu Crater Address: 2330 Ho'ohu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

Poipu Crater Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 2 bedroom unit at Poipu Crater is $414. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 198 Guest Reviews

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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Poipu Crater condo resort on Kauai receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests, highlighting its beautiful, lush surroundings that offer a sense of seclusion and tranquility, while still being conveniently located close to beaches, restaurants, and attractions. Guests appreciate the well-stocked units that include beach gear, kitchen necessities, and comfortable furnishings, making it feel like a home away from home. The resort's amenities, such as the pool, tennis court, and BBQ area, are well-maintained and add value to the stay. While some guests mention minor issues or suggestions for improvements, such as the need for more modern updates in some units or the addition of air conditioning, the overall sentiment is that the resort provides a fantastic base for exploring Kauai. The unique setting in a crater adds to the appeal, offering a quiet and private retreat with stunning natural beauty. Communication with hosts and property managers is generally praised for being responsive and helpful. Despite a few critiques regarding maintenance and cleanliness in some units, the majority of guests report a highly enjoyable stay and express a desire to return. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 198 guest reviews.

Recent Poipu Crater Reviews

My husband and I spent the last four nights of our Hawaiian vacation here and it was the perfect way to end our travel adventure. The condo is conveniently located close to all that Poipu Beach and Kauai’s South Shore has to offer. The hosts were easy to communicate with and the condo was very clean and well-appointed. Pride of ownership is evident and we felt relaxed and “at home” from the moment we walked in. The complex is located on lush grounds and we spent time enjoying the lanai. We have already booked our next stay here—can’t wait to come back!
Bonnie O.
March 2024

We have spent a lot of time in various VRBO rentals in Hawaii. This was hands down the most well stocked unit we have ever been in. It had everything we needed for our visit. It was set up great for our family, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Robin W.
March 2024

This property was a great stay. Clean, close to beaches, private are just a few of the comments I could give about this property. Would love to stay here again.
Lori H.
March 2024

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The property was a great location for us, a short walk down to the beach and a great jumping off point for all our adventures. Very clean, quiet and relaxing place to stay. Jenny was communicative and everything went very well. Was not disappointed in the least! Would certainly stay here again.
Don M.
March 2024

We enjoyed the thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the condo, we just wish we could have stayed longer! :) Everything was awesome!
Doug and Korine T.
February 2024

Beautiful and peaceful
February 2024

Relatively quiet (the variety of bird songs aside) unit which is well appointed, well maintained with the perfect amount of space for our couple, and amazingly only 50 feet from pool and tennis. We could use either at any time- felt like our own private luxury estate, albeit semi wild with the abundant vegetation throughout the crater. Six weeks passed too quickly.
Bob G.
February 2024

We really enjoyed staying at Crater 26! It’s a unique setting very close to the beach and area restaurants. Highly recommend!
Cary K.
February 2024

Nice property.
Sherilyn S.
February 2024

Peaceful and quiet. Good kitchen to work in. Nice lanai off kitchen and living area to have coffee on every morning. Location in crater was fun, and kept us out of congestion even though we were close to all that is Poipu. Nicer selection of guest amenities than usual. Chenni was good to communicator.
James O.
February 2024

The condo was very clean, and comfortable. The lush landscape was beautiful, with birds entertaining us any time we were on the lanai. The location is convenient to everything in the Poipu area, but very private - especially sitting out on the lanai!
Janet R.
February 2024

Outstanding location and condo. Clean, quiet and secluded
Peggy F.
January 2024

I have stayed twice before on Kauai. This was far and above the best home I have had there. I say home because I felt at home as soon as we walked in. It is in a small crater, don't worry it's extinct, as a result there is no sounds from the surrounding area. The area in lush and green, this helps reduce sounds from within the crater. There are NO chickens. The house itself is fully stocked with everything you need for keeping house, far beyond anywhere else I have stayed in all of Hawaii. The bed in the master bedroom is perfect. I can't think of anything negative to say about our experience there. I want to thank the owners for making this a perfect vacation.
Victor V.
January 2024

Quiet, clean cottage in the crater. Some issues with the freezer being loud & not working, but the managers were quick to respond. Close to everything in Poipu.
Schalene D.
January 2024

Condo was clean and beds were comfortable. Nice place. Not far from snorkeling at poipu beach park. My only suggestion is to provide a larger trash can and more trash bags. The little one in the kitchen filled up fast for our group of four people.
Eric J.
January 2024

Loved the hammocks on the lanai and spending time at the nearby beach. We were welcomed with a Christmas tree and lights on our arrival. This place was well stocked with everything we needed to enjoy our vacation.
Frank B.
January 2024

This was a great spot inside the crater. Secluded from most of the tourist but walkable/drivable to the beach.
John H.
January 2024

This place was great. Very central location to everything and walking distance to the beach. Good communication and had all amenities we needed.
Logan B.
January 2024

We had the best stay. It was perfect for our family. Beautiful location. Cute and clean. Love the wallpaper! Close to the beach and restaurants. We would go back in a heartbeat.
Tanaya M.
January 2024

My family of 5 had a great stay at Chic Crater. The location is perfect and close to multiple restaurants and the beach. Everything seen in the pictures matched up when we arrived. I would definitely recommend this place and would return again!
Martin R.
January 2024

We loved the convenient location of this condo. It was so close to the beach and local restaurants. It was comfortable for a family, with two floors. We had some issues with bugs, but the host responded promptly and had them out to spray as soon as they could come, given the holiday. It was nice to have boogie boards and beach chairs available, as we were traveling from far away! Laundry on-site was a plus.
Kristen F.
January 2024

Wow! This was the best Christmas. From the minute we walked in we felt like we were home. Everything was wonderful, from the layout of the condo to the helpful organized vacation binder with recommendations, to the fully stocked kitchen and beach bags. It was more than we could have asked for... and all we wanted was more time on the island! We will be back at the Pineapple Crater. Mahalo, Bruce & Micah!
Chanel W.
January 2024

Homes was clean on arrival. Well stocked with everything you would ever need. Location is good. Very close to beach but you do have to walk down (and back up) a pretty decent hill. This is not usually an issue until you want to take chairs, beach toys, umbrella etc etc etc with you and then it can be just as easy to drive. Lots of room. Layout is a little quirky but fine overall. Porch was nice and we had a red crested cardinal visit us daily. Pool was fine but we didn’t spend a lot of time there. Area quiet. Our only complaint is I’m not personally a fan of the windows they use cause they don’t really close. I know this is an island thing and not really the fault of the owner but the part I don’t like is that it will sometimes make the inside feel moist and allow you to hear so much more from outside than you want to. People walking, cars, mowing etc. The downstairs bedroom and bath smelled mildewed on some days. Our daughter even noticed it. I am not sure if that was a result of the window situation. I seen NO wet or mold areas inside the home (we looked all over to make sure something wasn’t leaking etc). I would stay here again as outside the occasional mildew smell it was a lovely place.
Tabatha J.
January 2024

1: Code key was never fixed, so just ONE real key 2: Beds way to soft, need new mattresses 3: Community could use a hot tub 4: Hardly any normal utensils, like spoons & forks
Valentin C.
December 2023

The most thorough communication, detailed instructions, information on the area and things to do, and truly a home away from home, but in the heart of paradise. We had everything we needed and more to make breakfast and even cook some steaks for dinner. Well stocked and clean. Perfect location just minutes from Poipu Beach. Will definitely consider this BnB when coming back to Kauai.
December 2023

This was a great condo in a perfect location for our family. Condo is nice inside with modern appliances and TVs. Enjoyed sitting outside in the well sheltered lanai among the trees, birds, and rain showers. The mature landscaping and privacy in the crater were the perfect setting for relaxing. Easy walk to the beaches via roads or trails. Appreciated the beach towels. Good layout for air flow with open windows and fans. Didn't use the AC but I'm sure it would be nice during warmer times. Would definitely stay here again.
Kenneth K.
December 2023

Excellent communication from Jean on everything needed for a trip to Kauai and details about the condo. Beautiful grounds, very close to the ocean and places to eat.
Michelle C.
December 2023

My wife and I loved staying here with our 11 month old son. The jungle vibes on the lanai really make you feel like you’re secluded even though the other units are not that far away. Close enough to walk to Poipu beach which was perfect for swimming with a baby. We would definitely come back!
Caleb G.
December 2023

Big area, very quiet, close walk to the beach, loved that we could BBQ, nice pool, kitchen well stocked and beach gear including a cooler was great! The unit was very quiet and secluded. We would definitely recommend this unit to others.
Menno Z.
December 2023

We've practically lived our whole 9 days on the beautiful lanai in this Poipu Crater home. More room than we needed this home is equipped with great appliances, plenty of towels and Tommy Bahama beach chairs and umbrellas. Beds were comfortable. Only thing lacking was a kettle (we drink a lot of tea - used a pan). Thank you. We'll be back!
Kerry D.
December 2023

Outstanding place to stay! We loved the space and especially the outdoor patio. Close enough to beaches and made use of the pool on the property too :)
Justin R.
November 2023

Everything was as described. Clean and grounds were beautiful. Close to beach!
Robin A.
November 2023

Great location. Great place to stay in. Thank you for hosting us!
November 2023

There were definitely positives and negative to this experience. The positives: Communication with property management was amazing, very responsive. When we had an issue (broken shower) they sent out maintenance within an hour to repair. Location was great! We loved being close to Shipwreck Beach and we loved being near shopping and Starbucks. The negatives: this unit was not cleaned adequately - significant dust on fans and fixtures, cobwebs in corners, dirty countertops, coffee maker had mildew in it. The unit had bugs - I know it’s a tropical environment, but coming across quite a lot of cockroaches, 20-30 ants crawling up walls, and several millipedes in the house was not acceptable. The photos on the listing are old, as the condition of the property is somewhat deteriorated (though still decent) and the washer and dryer are not the same units pictured. There were missing knobs on bathroom vanities. Walls are all scuffed and need painted. The wood flooring is soft in spots and has chunks missing out of it. Overall, this was a mixed experience. We loved our time in Kauai, but I would not stay at this unit again. I expect a standard, especially for the premium price, and this failed to meet that standard.
Austin B.
November 2023

We loved being in Poipu and this place was a great location, spacious, and comfortable It was a short 3 -5 minute drive to our favorite beach to swim and watch turtles. The owners are great to communicate with. We had problems with the AC and they instantly responded and did their best to quickly fix the situation.
Angie H.
November 2023

We absolutely love this place! It was super clean, and we had everything we need and more in a very equipped kitchen. We also loved the location, and the neighbors were very friendly. For my first time in Hawaii I had an fantastic vacation.
Tiago P.
November 2023

We had a great week staying here. It was a great location and the rooms were as described. Excellent service overall and we would definitely come back again!
Enbo L.
November 2023

This rental property was in a beautiful location! It was so convenient to travel to the beach, Poipu, and Koloa. The home has everything that we needed, but some things were in need of attention / up-keep.
Alicia D.
November 2023

We had a great stay. Beautiful property. You feel like your in the jungle. Close to everything.
Lynn S.
October 2023

We enjoyed our visit, thanks. Here are some suggestions: -- Include a set of instructions/helpful info about the rental, including operation of electronics, recycling, places to get groceries, restaurant recommendations, etc. -- Add a bath mat next to the upstairs tub (as-is, the one in vanity must be moved there) -- Add towel bars or hooks to wall(s) near the upstairs tub -- Include more toilet tissue in the rental -- Add soap or body wash to the upstairs tub -- Add fan above the table in the dining area -- Replace the circular table in dining area with a rectangular one (as-is, there's not enough room for someone to get around it if three people are seated in the chairs nearest the living room -- Relabel the light switches that currently say "Lamps" (they didn't seem to control anything; at least, we couldn't figure it out) -- Add a first-aid kit (maybe we missed?) Should be mentioned in the house instructions -- see first suggestion above. Thanks!
Susan R.
October 2023

The other reviews are SPOT on. This rental/host makes it easy to enjoy paradise! They supply everything you need (and don't want to rent/buy or pack). Our kids enjoyed the boogie boards in the nearby surf, the towels were helpful and even goggles for the pool! And the kitchen and bathrooms were STOCKED with all of the basic needs (paper towels, ketchup, spices, shampoo, soap, etc.). I LOVE the WHIMSY of this house. It's super relaxing and has an authentic Hawaiian feel, immersing us in the whole Hawaiian experience from start to finish. The pool was AWESOME! Quiet and bigger in person than the pictures show. The beds were comfortable!!! We LOVED the hammocks and lanai, a very peaceful place to unwind. If you are sensitive to the heat and prefer A/C, do note that you. are relying on fresh air (trade winds, which are lovely) and the high powered fans. This was only a little challenging a few nights in the second bedroom on the main level. Our kids were warm in that room, but we managed. Otherwise, it's LOVELY to hear the birds chirping in the morning with all of the windows open. I would HIGHLY recommend this house! ENJOY!!!!
Kim K.
October 2023

Great condo, very well stocked, comfortable beds and linens, plenty of towels and washcloths, centrally located. We used the grill, pool and ping pong table one evening. Our kids LOVED the hammocks, there were plenty of games and books for us to use as well. It would have been nice to have a/c units in the bedrooms, not just for temperature control but because the roosters were quite loud early in the morning with the windows open. Of course the owners fully disclosed this so no stars off for this. The living room furniture, though it looks great and matches the asthetic of the condo, was not the most comfortable. Overall we greatly enjoyed our stay here and would not hesitate to stay here again, but I would bring a sound machine next time.
Katie B.
October 2023

Loved having easy access to the beach and an on-site washer/dryer.
Rebecca W.
October 2023

very calm & inviting. lovely place to relax and unwind.
Edward C.
October 2023

This home is a lovely retreat and is very well accommodated with everything you’ll need to enjoy your stay in Kauai. Highly recommend this exceptional property.
Darrell C.
October 2023

Property was as described. May be the time of year but was warm even with the ceiling fans. Would not recommend for older people,we are on our 70's, as the walk leading up to the unit is steep and has several steps which make getting the luggage in the unit difficult. The pictures do not show the elevation difference between the parking area and the entrance to the unit. Great place for younger people.
Gerald E.
October 2023

This was a clean place that was away from the busy beach. The kitchen was well appointed and allowed us to have pleasant meals we made or brought back from food trucks. The AC worked well and was really only needed at night since the main bedroom was upstairs.
Kerri G.
October 2023

We had an amazing time at Pineapple Poipu, it felt like a home away from home, but better. The hosts were very prompt and helpful with communications, and the location was really convenient. You won't regret booking this condo for you Kauai holiday.
Rhonda L.
September 2023

It was a great stay in a nice crater-like cove with vegetation surrounding the unit. Felt exclusive. Very close to the beach. Price very reasonable for what was provided. We had a great time!
Brett G.
September 2023

This property has a beautiful location and is close to our favorite Poipu beaches. The amenities are excellent- full kitchen, 3 A/C units, washer/dryer, pool - with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Although very close to the beach, the route has a steep hill which was not easy for us to walk up. I'm sure that younger visitors could handle it, though. The owner was always available via text for any questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Susan M
September 2023

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