We traveled far from Michigan to LA and onto the Island, rented our car and knowing we had a kitchen, we stopped to shop before arriving in Princeville at 8:30pm in the dark. Following the owner's clear directions, we did not lose our way once, although in Princeville, the roads twisted through new development and golf courses. We walked into our room and being so tired, I was a little disappointed not to find a dresser to put my clothing, but tumbled onto a comfortable bed and fell asleep. Upon waking in the morning, I opened the curtains to find an incredible view of Hanalei Bay. Surf was up, up, up and as we sipped our coffee, ate our homemade breakfast, we watched surfers paddle far beyond the waves to make their break. I was thrilled to find such beauty! The air was crisp, the breeze blowing and the sunrise over the bay so lovely, it felt like a miracle to be there.
Registration for the week was easy at the desk. There is a check-in fee, a cleaning fee and a daily fee, but these were never hidden. The owner is very responsive and sends a clear, detailed list of expenses. Once payment was arranged, he sent many attachments of directions, attractions, and rules of the condo to make your stay comfortable and easy.The grounds are fabulous and are very well-maintained. The pool, although not heated, has a sand based hot tub that warms you before and after a swim if you arrive in the winter months.
Now, those are just the details of the this resort. Wait until you experience the island. There were a few times I was near tears with the whole experience of luau, snorkeling, walking the beaches, contemplating the albatross at Kilauea Point Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge. The mountains, canyon, beaches and air offer much for your enjoyment.
Here are my highlights and tips:
* Buy a new travel guide for portable up-to-date information. Read and know what to expect.
* If you like to save a little and make your own meals, this condo has a working kitchen!
* Enjoy the resort. The hot tub is really hot. Yay!!! The pool lovely but chilly. The walk to Hanalei Bay is easy going down and a work-out coming back up. However, snorkeling is really great at the base of the path. Tropical fish abound and there are occasional turtles. It is best to snorkel in the morning. You may want a wet suit, again it was chilly in March! You can rent equipment all over, but Snorkel Bob has the best deal.
* Explore the North Shore. Ke'e Beach and beyond. Since it was winter, we did not attempt Hanakapi'ai Falls (next time?)
* Stop at Kilauea Point and visit the lighthouse. Occasional whales are spotted there, too.The lookout is awesome! There are nice places to shop in Kong Lung Center.
* Luau Kalamaku was a theatrical experience. Nicely done for visitors to the island.
* Kauai Sea Tours: What an adventure!!!! We saw NaPali Coast on the sunset tour, with whales breeching, turtles swimming and dolphins literally dancing through the waves. The captain and crew were fantastic. A nice dinner and drinks. Be mindful of the weather. If it is rough, take some medication or reschedule for another day.
* Across the street from the tour boats is Kauai's only brew pub. Some really good beers there!
* Waimea Canyon: Oh my, what a view! There are places for short walks, or long hikes. Definately check it out!
Have a great time!!!! And please leave this room for me, when I need it!
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- Also Known As:
- Hanalei Bay Hotel Princeville
- Hanalei Bay Princeville
- Hanalei Bay Resort Princeville, Kauai