are 6 world class golf courses
on Kauai. Princeville, former home of The Kemper Open, has 76 holes, and
is rated " #1 in Hawaii" by Golf Digest. The Prince Course is approximately
a 30 minutes drive from Makaleha Mtn. Retreat. Wailua is the home
of our public 18 hole golf course, and is 10 minutes away. A 20 minute
drive will take you to Lihue, where the Kauai Lagoons sports a 36
hole, Jack Nicklaus designed, championship course. Further south in Poipu,
45 minutes away, we have the Kiahuna 18 hole course, and the Poipu Bay
Resort 36 hole course, home of the PGA Grand Slam.
exciting boat tours
will help you explore the magical Napali Coast. Zodiac tours, catamaran
cruises, whale watching tours,
and scuba and snorkeling tours, leave from Hanalei (35 minutes drive),
Lihue ( 20 minutes drive), Poipu ( 45 minutes drive) and Hanapepe and
Port Allen ( 45 minutes drive).
North Shore of Kauai is a true surfing
mecca. Besides World famous Tunnels Beach, there are several surf spots
are about a 30 minute drive, including Kalihiwai Bay, Anini Beach and
Hanalei Bay. Spectacular Kealia Beach, which offers excellent surfing,
is only 15 minutes away. On Kauai, there are nearly as many surf spots
as there are beaches. In Poipu, a 45 minute drive, you will find world
famous Brennecke's Beach, the body surfing capital of Hawaii.
which beach to visit might be your
most challenging daily task. You can drive to Kee beach which is a 40
minute trip, and enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the world.
There are swimming
beaches, shelling beaches, sunset beaches, beaches with lots of activity,
and beaches where you can be totally alone. You can be assured that as
a guest at Makaleha Mtn. Retreat, you are very near to some of the
finest white sand beaches in the world.
are 2 excellent riding stables
within a 30 minute drive from Makaleha Mtn. Retreat. Both Silver
Falls Ranch and Princeville Stables offer 3 hour trail rides through Kauai's
back country to a waterfall, for a picnic and a swim. A 45 minute drive
to Poipu will take to you to CJM stables for a 2 hour coastline trail
ride to the remote Mahalepu Beach area.
Beach is only 25 minutes away, and offers very good snorkeling
along a 3 mile coastline enclosed by a long outer reef. Inside the reef,
you will encounter a myriad of colorful tropical fish and several species
of coral. 40 minutes away is Ke'e Beach, and Tunnels Beach both known
for their good water clarity. For the more adventurous, several
boat tours offer snorkeling trips in reef areas along the Napali Coast.
trail head gateway to the Napali Coast is a scenic 40 minute drive from
Makaleha Mtn. Retreat. A day of hiking
into remote Hanakapiai Valley has been the highlight of many vacations.
From the beach, you can hike to the magnificent Hanakapiai Falls. Short
hikes can be enjoyed from trails beginning above Opaekaa Falls lookout
in Wailua ( 10 minutes) . From Koke'e Lodge, a 1 1/2 hour drive, you can
hike several trails that meander throughout Kauai's ethereal mountain
country, where you will encounter plant and bird species found no where
else on earth.
courts abound on Kauai. A 25 minute drive to Princeville Resort will bring
you to two excellent tennis Clubs.
The Hanalei Bay Resort has 7 courts overlooking Hanalei Bay, and
The Princeville Tennis Club has 6 courts. Both clubs are open to the public,
and have on site tennis pros, a racquet shop, and equipment rentals. Other
very good facilities are found in Lihue at The Kauai Lagoons, and
in Poipu at The Kiahuna Racquet Club, and The Poipu Hyatt.
You can enjoy miles
of tropical water skiing nearby
along the Wailua River, a 10 minute drive away.Equipment rental and instruction
Deep sea fishing
charter boats are close by and within a 30 minute drive. Half and full
day charters with all fishing gear included are available at Anini Beach
and Hanalei Town ( 30 minutes), and offer private and group charters to
offshore areas that are teeming with exciting game fish such sailfish,
marlin, and yellow fin tuna.
team is world class, and The Kauai Polo Club is only 25 minutes from Makaleha Mtn. Retreat. The field is located across from Anini Beach Park,
and matches are held each Sunday during the season. Enjoying a tropical
polo match on a sunny Sunday afternoon, while looking out on the blue
Pacific Ocean, is an experience you will not want to miss.
its best is found at Tunnels Beach ( 35 minutes) and at Anini Beach, a
25 minute drive, where companies offer equipment rentals and lessons.
Other favorite spots are Hanalei Bay and Poipu Beach. You may rent equipment
in Hanalei, and drive to any spot you wish. Shipwreck Beach in Poipu,
45 minutes away, is strictly for very experienced windsurfers.
is the rule in the Kalihiwai River, 20 minutes away.
Both ocean and fresh water kayaks can be rented in several nearby locations,
and can be easily strapped to the roof of your car for transport anywhere
on the island.
Kauai's clean, clear offshore
waters attract scuba divers
from all over the world. There is a dive shop in almost every town on
the island, so gear rental, air, and instruction can be easily found.
Scuba lessons and certification for beginners is available at The Hanalei
Bay Resort, a 25 minute drive, in a five acre pool, complete with man
Several boat companies host
a variety of sailing tours
in large, seaworthy, ocean catamarans. Sunset cruises complete with cocktails,
as well as leisurely Kauai sailing
tours down the Napali Coast can be booked from many companies around
tour is the only way most people can see the magnificent
beauty of Kauai's remote interior. Tours leave from Princeville Airport,
which is only a 25 minute drive, and in Lihue. There are few experiences
that can match a helicopter flight over the most beautiful island in the
While you are in a very
private area at Makaleha Mtn. Retreat, you will find that everything
you need is 15 minutes away at the Kapaa shopping
center, or in a charming mom and pop store nearby
which is only a 3 minute drive. Kapaa Shopping Center has a large, modern
grocery market, several good restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores,
and everything you might expect. The island has an abundance of gift shops
that sell items which are crafted by local artists. There are many roadside
stands with exotic tropical fruits, organic produce, and flower leis.
In Poipu, at the Spouting Horn Park, you will find an outdoor flea market
where you can buy shell jewelry and all sorts of tourist items at good