New Kauai Fishing Charter – Apex Charters – Hawaii

Kauai Fishing Charters

I knew that my neighbor, Paul, LOVED to go fishing (I have been the beneficiary of some of his catch). But, I was still surprised when he told me he was buying a boat and starting a Kauai fishing charter called Apex Charters. The refurbishing of the boat was not quite ready when my family wanted to go fishing last July, but, lucky for you, it is now.

Kauai Fishing Charters

One of the largest fishing charter boats on Kauai, his beautiful boat, “Grander,” is a 45-foot Bertram Sport Fisher. It is docked at Kauai’s largest harbor, Nawiliwili Harbor, just a five minute drive from the Lihue Airport. The Grander features a 14-foot Fly Bridge with a cushioned bench and guardrail; perfect for watching sunrises, seabirds, dolphins and whales. There is an indoor salon with couches as well. The bathroom is downstairs.

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Aquasize in Paradise (Splash Class) – Kauai, Hawaii

Aquasize in Paradise - Kauai

Looking for a fun, low impact, exercise activity on Kauai? Try Aquasize in Paradise for some water aerobics. The buoyancy of the water makes the workout much easier on the joints, and you will meet some friendly locals and guests in the process.

The hour long class includes a warm up, cardio, strength training exercises, balance and stretch. It is a multilevel class, with modifications suggested for people who have knee, back or shoulder problems. All fitness levels are welcome. The pool is heated and salt cleaned.

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Wellness Retreats With Surfing Champion Rochelle Ballard – Kauai

Rochelle Ballard - Wellness Retreats

Thanks to Honu Point’s concierge, Stephanie Michel, I had the opportunity to meet Rochelle Ballard this week. Growing up in San Diego and being around the surf scene for most of my teenage years, it was quite an honor. Rochelle Ballard, a world-class surfer, who competed professionally for seventeen years, grew up on Kauai. For the last ten years she has taken her well balanced, mindful approach to life and created an Elite Wellness Retreat business on the Garden Island.

Before I go into specifics about her offerings, check out this five minute video as an introduction to Rochelle Ballard:

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Kauai Sport Fishing – The Best Fishing Day Ever! – Hawaii

Kauai Deep Sea Fishing - Chris

It was almost a year prior to my brother-in-law’s retirement celebration and he was already calling me about going on a sport fishing trip with his three adult sons (my nephews). I suggested he might want to wait until a couple of months before their scheduled arrival to start contacting companies on the island. When that time arrived, I checked with a few of my fishing friends and they suggested Captain Don’s Kauai Sport Fishing. I knew this was super important to my brother-in-law, so I hoped my friends were not leading me astray.

Captain Don, and his boat the Happy Ryder, leave out of the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor in Lihue. The company offers specialty sportfishing charters and whale-watching expeditions. On their website they claim you can catch mahi mahi, dorado ahi, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, ono, marlin, sharks, amber jacks, barracuda, giant travalie and much more.

My family arrived on Saturday in July and the guys were checking the weather hourly in the hopes that Monday would bring clear skies and calm waters. Leaving the north shore in the wee hours of the morning, they headed to Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. By sunrise they were motoring four to five miles away from the Kauai coast to look for ahi. It wasn’t long before the wives started receiving photos like this on their phones:

Kauai Deep Sea Fishing - Zach

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Full Face Snorkeling Masks Or Traditional Snorkeling Equipment For Your Hawaii Vacation

Full Face Snorkeling Masks Or Traditional Snorkeling Equipment For Your Hawaii Vacation

Researching the differences between full face snorkeling masks and traditional snorkeling equipment has been a real eye-opener for me. Thousands of visitors each year hit the beach with snorkel gear in hand. Who doesn’t want to see what lies below the ocean surface? Heck, many have never even been in the ocean before. Warm water, tropical fish and sea turtles make for some impressive vacation memories.

But, unfortunately, for many reasons, this Hawaiian experience can be very dangerous. In fact, from 2008 to 2017, in the state of Hawaii, there were 183 drownings which occurred during snorkeling. 93% were non-Hawaii residents. More Hawaii visitors die from snorkeling than from motor vehicle crashes, aircraft crashes, falls or homicides combined. We want you to be safe!

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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.

Anini Beach - Kauai - Hawaii

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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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