World class golf, world class surf, snorkel, private path to beach, outstanding towns, both Hanalei and Kilauea minutes away, Princeville St. Regis Hotel
a short walk, all of the outstanding north shore activities: waterfalls, running, hiking, sightseeing, tennis, spa, gym, etc.
"Everyone should do the Inter-Island helicopter tour. It was beyond words ... Just thank you so much. We will remember this forever."
the Griffins from North Carolina
If hiking is not enough exercise, then kayaking is our next favorite activity. We have taken a kayak from Waimea to the Fern Grotto and hiked into Secret Falls. We have also kayaked on the Hanalei River to the Pines at Hanalei Bay. For the brave at heart, there are also ocean kayaking trips.
And a visit to the island is not complete without a snorkeling trip to Ni'ihau or a rafting trip to explore the caves of the Na Pali coastline.
Fortunately, the island's beauty is accessible to those of us who are not as active as we used to be. There are numerous luaus
, helicopter rides, Na Pali coast boat tours, dinner cruises, and whale-watching trips from December to April. The taro fields are visible from a lookout point on the Kuhio Highway (Route 56). At least two waterfalls, Wailua Falls
and Opaeka'a Falls
, are visible from a car, and there's a boat that takes people to the Fern Grotto. The Princeville Resort offers several luxuries to island visitors. They have stables for horseback riders, a spa that includes an exercise room, a swimming pool, hot tub, and one of several masseuses.
"Best massage ever - Maria (upstairs next to Yoga Studio in Hanalei)."
Fawcett & Gast from Maui
My favorite spot is the Hanalei pier
at sunset. We sometimes pack a sandwich and go there to swim in the afternoon or to fish from the pier. It's a lovely spot to picnic and watch local kids learn to surf
or see more experienced surfers tackle waves outside the reef.
On other evenings, we can walk from Sealodge to one of 5 restaurants; Hanalei Bay Resort
has a lovely open-air terrace, the Princeville Hotel, while pricey, is worth a visit (Kauai Restaurants
) and CJ's, Paradise Grill, or Spinner's Coffee are at the Princeville Shopping Center. A good grocery store, where we frequently rent DVDs, is also there.
It is not unusual to have some rain during our visit. All the greenery must be watered. That's when we explore the shops. There's upscale casual clothing and island-made soaps and candles in Kong Lung Shopping Center in Kilauea, jewelry made from the tiny shells of Ni'ihau and vintage Hawaiian gifts in Hanalei, and unique island gifts offered in the Hanalei Dolphin Center. We've learned to take an empty suitcase with us so we can bring our treasures home with us.
The quotes included here come from the guest book in our Sealodge condo. The one that probably sums it up the best is from New York:
"...it hardly matters what you do here - you'll have a great time no matter what."
the Bobleys of Long Island, New York
Pictures of Sealodge D6
View from Lanai of Sealodge D6
Day Bed in Living Area
Walk Out Oceanview Lanai
Sealodge Swimming Pool
Beach Below Sealodge
Sunrise from Sealodge