Golf Lessons At The Princeville Makai Golf Course – Kauai – Hawaii

Princeville Makai Golf

If you are visiting Kauai, there is no better place to tee up than the Princeville Makai Golf Course. This video will surely get you in the mood.

As you can see from the video, the Princeville Makai Golf Course wraps in and out of the Princeville Resort Community. The views of the ocean, mountains and Hanalei Bay are spectacular. Besides the golfing activities I mentioned in a previous blog, there are now lessons available with the golf pro, Andrew Schmidt.

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Rent Snorkeling Gear, Kayaks, Paddleboards & Bikes On Kauai – Pedal ‘N Paddle

Rent Snorkeling Gear on Kauai

You have make the long journey to the islands and now you are ready to have fun. If you are staying at Honu Point you will find many pieces of snorkeling gear and other equipment ready for your use in the garage. But, if what is there does not work for you, or you need additional items, Pedal ‘N Paddle in Hanalei is the most convenient place to go to for rentals and sales.

Pedal ‘N Paddle will have all you need for a day at the beach. They carry a wide selection of high quality masks and snorkels, swim goggles, sunglasses, Frisbees, waterproof phone/key cases, waterproof cameras, towels, sunblock, SPF sun shirts, umbrellas and more.

Snorkel Rental

Adult Set (Includes mask, snorkel, fins and mesh bag)     $5.00/day     $20/week

Kid Set     $4.00/day     $15/week

Mask & Snorkel     $3.00/day     $10/week

Fins Only     $3.00/day     $10/week

Boogie Board     $5.00/day     $20/week

Boogie Board with Fins     $7.00/day     $25/week

Snorkel Vest     $4.00/day     $15/week

Beach Chair     $4.00/day     $15/week

Floatation Belt     $4.00/day     $15/week

Optic/Corrective snorkel masks available.

Three, four, five day rates are also available.

All rates are based on a 24 hour rental period.

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Windsurfing Lessons On Kauai-Anini Beach-Hawaii

Windsurfing On Kauai-Anini Beach-Hawaii

Now that summer is right around the corner, and the winter swells have left, how about trying your hand at windsurfing on Kauai. Anini Beach is the perfect spot to learn. The generally calm, safe waters of the lagoon allows for smooth sailing. Summer winds blow onshore with enough strength to catch the sail and lift you right out of the water.

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Off-Roading On Kauai, Hawaii – Princeville Ranch

Princeville Ranch-Off Roading-Kauai

Princeville Ranch offers lots of adventures on the north shore of Kauai and off-roading is just one of them. Located between Princeville Resort and the Kalihiwai River, you won’t have to go far to have a lot of fun. I’ve written two blogs featuring Princeville Ranch’s horseback riding and zip line adventures. Now it is time to tell you about their off-road package which includes riding, hiking and zip lining. The company is owned by Karin Carswell, a local resident I am proud to call my neighbor and friend.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll experience – not recommended for clean freaks!

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What To Do In Kauai – Play Tennis At Hanalei Bay Resort – Princeville

Hanalei Bay Resort Tennis - Princeville

Before or after your beach time on Kauai, grab a racket and head over to play tennis at Hanalei Bay Resort. There are eight beautifully maintained courts tucked in among some lovely landscaping. Be warned, however, that you may not play as well as you usually do because of the drop-dead gorgeous views of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai from the top four courts.

Hanalei Bay Resort is part timeshare and part individually owned condos. Guests who are not staying at the resort are welcome to use the courts for a per person, per day court fee. All eight courts have been recently re-surfaced and are maintained daily. Four courts are Nova Pro synthetic grass which offers players the comfort of a softer court. The other four courts are the traditional hard courts with the US Open blue and green acrylic surface.

Hanalei Bay Resort Tennis - Princeville

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What To Do In Kauai – Pickleball – Kilauea

Pickleball on Kauai

Join us for Pickleball In Paradise!  Pickleball is a very popular racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among “adults” as well.

We have a growing number of players on the North Shore who welcome visitors to play with them. Tom and I play at least once a week. There are racquets and balls available for you to use. Three indoor courts accommodate beginners, social players, and competitive players. No need to sign up. Just arrive at the Kilauea Gym on Keneke Street (an 8 minute drive from Honu Point) at 9:00 for beginners/social players and 11:00 for competitive players on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Or, at noon on Sundays for beginners and 3:00 on Sundays for competitive players. For more information contact Ted at  Our goal is to HAVE FUN!

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What To Do In Kauai – Bike Ride The Kapa’a Coastal Path – Kauai

Kapa'a Coastal Path - Kauai

If you are wondering what to do when it is a little too rainy on the north shore, why not take a 30 minute drive from Honu Point where you may walk or bike ride the Kapa’a Coastal Path. We do provide four bikes at our home but you most likely won’t have a vehicle that can carry them. Not to worry. There are several inexpensive bike rental facilities right in the heart of Kapa’a. They rent up-right, cruiser style bikes for a casual ride along the ocean’s edge.

After choosing your bikes, find the Kapa’a Coastal Path running along the coastline. At first you will ride by a neighborhood, just a block from the main road running through Kapa’a. Then, heading north, you will quickly find Kealia Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand along the highway where tourists and locals alike share the ocean swells.

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What To Do In Kauai – Tubing – Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Kauai Backcountry Advemtures

When you are looking for what to do in Kauai that is unique and fabulously fun, try tubing at Kauai Backcountry Adventures. Another entrepreneurial Carswell sister started this business in 2003 and continues to run it as one of the most unusual experiences on the island. This one-of-a-kind Kauai activity includes tubing down an old sugar plantation irrigation system, through open canals and several hand-dug tunnels circa 1870.

The mission of Kauai Backcountry Adventures is to provide eco-tourism activities that are accessible to a broad range of people. They have exclusive access to 17,000 acres of former plantation lands and to the historic irrigation system of the former Lihue Sugar Plantation. This ditch and tunnel system that once irrigated vast sugar crops had been unused since sugar was taken out of production in 2000. The tubing tours have minimal environmental impact and contribute to the preservation of Kauai’s history and culture. The company has helped to restore sections of the old plantation irrigation system, which are now used for the Mountain Tubing Adventure.

“We are pleased to be able to set a standard for balancing recreational activities and preservation of our amazing resources here on Kauai. We have opened up spectacular lands never before available to the public. Our exclusive access ensures careful stewardship of the land, total privacy and a genuinely unique experience”, says Kauai Backcountry Adventures owner Kelley Carswell Haneberg, member of a 5th generation Hawaii family.

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What To Do In Kauai – Surf And SUP Lessons – Hanalei

Surf Lessons - Hanalei

When you are wondering what to do in Kauai, how about trying surf or SUP lessons in Hanalei Bay!

The Hawaiian family at Hanalei Wave Riders take great pride in sharing the sport of He’e Nalu (surfing or sliding on a wave) with you. They offer private, small group and family surf instruction for all levels. Lessons start with instructors teaching technique and safety on the beach, then they’ll pick a sandy bottom spot in Hanalei Bay and go rip it up. All surfing lessons are two hours in length. Lessons are year-round adapting to daily conditions. Check out their video:

Surf lessons are available Monday through Saturday. Lesson starts 30 minutes after check in time. All instructors are certified in CPR, First Aid, & Advanced Lifesaving.

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What To Do In Kauai – Horseback Riding – Princeville Ranch Adventures

Princeville Ranch Adventures 4

When you’re thinking about what to do in Kauai, think horseback riding at Princeville Ranch Adventures. Cattle ranching first started at the Princeville Ranch in 1831. With cattle, come the horses needed to operate the ranch. The Carswell family started the trail riding operation in 1978 and have been operating it ever since on Princeville’s private working cattle ranch. They treat their horses extremely well, giving them Sundays off and a month vacation every year.  I’m proud to call them my friends.

There are four ways to enjoy these wide open spaces on horseback:


This 2-hour adventure begins with a brief horsemanship orientation at Princeville stables. In contrast to the usual nose-to-tail experience, you’ll ride (walking only) across the open pastures of the ranch.

You’ll enjoy panoramic views of stunning mountains and valleys with a striking blue ocean in the distance. You might even ride through their herd of cows and calves! Along the way, the guides will share ranch and paniolo (cowboy) history with the spirit of Aloha. They’ll also stop at special spots with spectacular scenery.

A memorable day will be yours on this Princeville Ranch adventure. Be sure to bring a camera!

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