Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions
Sealodge Kauai Condos are located in Princeville on Kauai's North Shore. The condominium complex, situated along the edge of a 130 foot bluff, is a cluster of nine small three-story natural wood buildings surrounded by acres of lawn and tropical trees and flowers.
A steep trail leads down the bluff to a reef-protected beach and excellent snorkeling. The trail and beach is not maintained and is off Sealodge property. It can be a challenging walk for some and is often wet and slippery. Sealodge has a pool with a view of the ocean and a barbecue area nestled in the plumeria trees.
View a map of Sealodge's location on Kauai
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Kauai, Hawaii's oldest and most tropical island is aptly called the "Garden Isle". Home of the legendary menehunes and full of ancient Hawaiian folklore, Kauai is truly a paradise, edged with coral reefs and secluded beaches. The lush foliage, majestic mountains, sparkling waterfalls and green valleys contrast with the colorful Waimea Canyon and the sheer Na Pali coastline. Other notable sights include the Hanalei Wildlife Refuge with taro patches, Spouting Horn, Wailua River and Falls, Fern Grotto, Koke'e Alaka'i Swamp and Barking Sands.
The peace and beauty of nature make it a perfect place to renew one's spirit. Kauai has over 30 beaches in addition to Hanalei Bay (above), Tunnels, Ke'e State Park and Poipu Beach. Many have easy access to the coral reef and colorful fish in the blue Pacific.
Dolphins, sea turtles, and an occasional monk seal may be seen throughout the year, and whales are an additional part of the seascape in the winter.
Princeville is a planned resort community of 9,000 acres on the north shore of Kauai just east of the picturesque town and bay of Hanalei, and only 28 miles from the Lihue Airport.
The resort includes two top-rated golf courses (the 27 hole Makai course and the 18 hole Prince Course), health club and spa, deluxe Princeville Hotel, a shopping center, many private homes, and a number of condo complexes.
Island Activities and Attractions include :
|Wind surfing Fishing
Whale watching (Nov.-April)
A wide selection of golf courses exists on Kauai. We prefer to stay in the Princeville area and play the 18-hole Prince Course or the 27-hole Makai Course. Both are scenic and challenging. The phone number for tee times is 808-826-5070; a round costs between $100 and $150 depending on what day of the week and time of the day we play.
Other Kauai courses as prestigious as the Prince Course are at the Poipu Bay Resort in Poipu and the Kauai Lagoons Resort in Lihue. Less expensive public courses are the Wailua course which is south of Kapaa, and the Kiahuna Golf Club in Poipu.
Golf club rentals are available at $15/day or $50/week from Boss Frog in Kapaa at 808-700-3764.
BEACHES AND SNORKELING
Snorkeling is our favorite pass time when vacationing in Princeville. If a Sealodge unit does not have snorkel gear, it can be rented or purchased for under $20. Visit the Sealodge beach (trail is off property and can be a challenging hike for some. Most people have good hiking shoes when walking down this path), the public beach at the Priceville Hotel, or go to Ke’e beach at the end of the road. On the road to Ke’e is Tunnels Beach, perhaps the best snorkeling beach of all. Hanalei Bay and Anini Beach are also worth a visit. After a little snorkeling, we were able to identify the Humuhumu nukunuku apua’a or Picasso triggerfish, Hawaii’s state fish.
A variety of excellent restaurants exist on Kauai’s north shore. The restaurants closest to Sealodge are in the Princeville Shopping Center at CJ’s Steak and Seafood or the more casual Paradise Bar and Grill. We enjoy concentrating our time in the friendly, small town atmosphere of Hanalei. The Hanalei restaurants we prefer are the Polynesian Café which offers outdoor seating, the Hanalei Gourmet, Sushi and Blues which has a nice mountain view, Zelo’s for its happy hour, the Dolphin for its riverside seating, and Bamboo-Bamboo. A good change of pace is the Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea. They boast of the best Mai Tais on the island. The Princeville Hotel and the Hanalei Bay Resort have excellent restaurants with great views but they are more expensive.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KAUAI’S NORTH SHORE
Although Kauai is probably best known for its Waimea Canyon and the spectacular NaPali Coast, highlights on the north shore of Kauai are as varied and numerous as its visitors. There are many guidebooks to help each of us find activities to match our interests. Perhaps the most widely used now is The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook by Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman.