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Kayaking on Kaua’i Jul 19

 Being the oldest inhabited island in the Hawaiian Island chain has given  Kaua’i  the distinction of being the only Hawaiian Island with navigable rivers. Kaua’i has had more time for wind and water erosion to deepen and widen cracks into streams and streams into rivers.  Rivers are navigable but given Kaua’i  is a small island  the rivers are rather short in length, with no rapids and perfect for Kayakers of all levels, even beginners.

In addition to navigable rivers Kaua’i also has beautiful coastline for advanced paddlers along the Napali Coastline (best done in the summer months when the seas are at their calmest). National Geographic Adventure has ranked kayaking Napali Coast second on its list of America’s Best 100 adventures for two years in a row, second only to the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Tours run May through September, ocean conditions permitting, during winter months sea kayaking tours operate on the South Shore, still beautiful but not as dramatic as the Napali Coastline.

  There are several kayak tour and kayak rental companies on Kaua’i but if you are traveling to Kaua’i during peak summer and holiday seasons, making your reservations at least a couple of weeks is suggested. For the most part the tour operators are open year round, most offer tours Monday through Saturday, very limited are available on Sunday.  Regardless of the tour you book  you will need to take your swimsuit,sunscreen, a hat, bug repellant (some of the kayak tours also include tours on private lands), water shoes (sport sandals,aqaua socks or old tennis shoes) and motion sickness tablets if you are sea kayaking. Tour operators offer tours on the Hule’ia, Wailua and Hanalei Rivers with guided tours that also combine hikes to waterfalls, explore famous movie sites and the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge.  Tours that operate on the Hanalei River (designated an American Heritage River) pass by Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and many taro farms, the Hanalei River ends at Hanalei Bay as an estuary.

The majority of the tour companies use two person sit-on-top style kayaks, so you share the work with someone  so be sure you sharpen your communication skills, because the nickname for two person canoes on the river is “divorce boats”. In addition many of the tour companies offer alternative adventure tours such as zipline, down hill cycling and standup paddle boarding and even swimming at the base of a remote waterfall.

If you just want to kayak on your own, then I suggest the Hanalei River, I feel the most scenic seen from the kayak, no trails to hike but the most convenient of all is there is a kayak rental company right on the river, no having to haul kayaks on top of your car. Be sure and check water conditions  at www.kauaiexplorer.com before you head out.

Several of my favorite Kayak Tour Operators on Kaua’i:

Outfitters Kaua’i – 2827A Poipu Road-Poipu Beach, Kaua’i 96756  (808) 742-9667

Kayak Kaua’i – 1 mile past Hanalei Bridge, Hanalei Hi 96714 (808) 826-9844 /  second location on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa for Wailua River Tours

Napali Kayak 5-5075 Kuhio Hwy – (Next to Postcards Cafe)  Hanalei, HI 96714 (808) 826-6900  – focuses on sea kayaking

Contact: Linda Dancer  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line (828) 256-1520 /Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 

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Lana’i -unlike any other Hawaiian Island Apr 12

Dole Park

What you won’t find on the island of Lana’i are traffic lights and major touristy crowds-you will however find solitude and amazing natural beauty.
Once known as the Pineapple Island because James Dole purchased the entire island in 1922 and Dole Plantation Pineapple was canned and shipped to mainland U.S. and at its peak Lana’i produced 75% of the world’s pineapple. Dole brought in workers to harvest the pineapple,resulting in a plantation camp in the flat lands that is now known as Lana’i City.
Even though pineapple is no longer harvested on Lana’i, Pineapple Isle is still very fitting nickname for this island, because the Pineapple – the universal symbol of hospitality is on display throughout the amazing resorts on Lana’i.

Four Seasons Manele Bay

The Four Seasons at Manele Bay overlooks Hulopo’e Bay a marine sanctuary. Guest rooms with amazing views,five ethnic gardens that flow throughout the resort, and a wide crescent shaped beach to satisfy any beach lover- This resort has several amazing wedding venues

The Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele  is located amongst the Cook pines  over looking Lana’i City , the 102-room lodge has the stately presence of an English manor,the wide veranda beckons you to come and sit awhile and just breath in the fresh air, the breathtaking manicured gardens, ponds, oriental gazebo and an orchid lover’s greenhouse-  several amazing wedding venues.

In town  Hotel Lana’i , which has been welcoming guest since 1923, has been remodeled , touches such as Hawaiian Quilts, comfortable furniture and Lana’i City Grille with a wonderful menu, and live music on Friday nights. Located  on a knoll overlooking Lana’i City,a moderately priced resort to call home for your stay on Lana’i. Take time to explore local artist Mike Carroll’s art gallery, funky little shops like DIS N DAT SHOP and the museum explaining the Pineapple era on Lana’i.

Sweetheart Rock

For such a small island Lana’i  has so many activities to offer visitors:
 Championship golf  at The Challenge at Manele (a Jack Nicklaus signature course) and The Experience at Ko’ele (designed by Greg Norman) both are ranked consistently among the best courses in the world. Distinctly different  but  both  have amazing beauty and take advantage of their natural surroundings to the fullest.
Enjoy the challenge of hiking or mountain biking the 7 mile, one lane dirt road, rustic Munro Trail (named for George Munro a naturalist from New Zealand that arrived to the island in 1890)- your payoff arriving to the top of Mount Lana’ihale, the highest peak on Lana’i at 3,368 feet.
Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)  is about  150 feet offshore between Manele Bay and Hulopo’e Bay, a natural wonder, a wonderful place to  hike and enjoy with a loved one.
The Garden of the Gods is a geological masterpiece , formed by centuries of wind erosion, one might think they landed on the moon, the color shadings of red,purple,sienna are truly extraordinary, located about a mile and a half northwest of Kanepu’u  Preserve, I suggest to reserve a Jeep Wrangler early to best enjoy this breath taking natural wonder.
Hulopo’e Bay – for most of the year( except winter months)  the best place on island  to snorkel, protected bay  with many tide pools carved out of volcano rock by crashing waves – beach park has picnic tables, grills, restrooms and showers,  so great beach day  for guest stay at Hotel Lana’i.

Adventure

 Hawaii Western Adventurs   offers  unique opportunities  such as  the 15-acre Lana’i Pines Sporting Clays (trap,skeet,compact sporting or porting clays that mimic pheasants and rabbits) – The 14 -station solar powered sporting clay course is amazing, you drive between the stations on a golf cart , the scenery is amazing and the course is said to be one of the most challenging in the world, but at the same time the safest and best designed in the Pacific. Amazing views of Maui and Moloka’i across the channel.In addition to Sporting Clays, they also offer horseback riding, ATV Tours, archery and air rifle, hunting, custom and group events.
So when you are trying to decide where to go for your honeymoon , special anniversary or  to escape the rat race of everyday life take a serious look at Lana’i  a wonderful island to unplug from everything, but so much to see and do , one thing you could never be on Lana’i is bored.
Direct line (828) 256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Dec 21

Ritz-Carlton ,Kapalua Pool

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is nestled in the secluded Kapalua Resort Community on the beautiful island of Maui.  Situated perfectly between the West Maui Mountains and the ocean, surrounded by beautiful gardens and two championship golf courses, this casual luxury resort invites you to enjoy the essence of old Hawai’i. Guest arriving to the Ritz-Carlton  begin their experience by receiving a traditional Kukui Nut Lei, as an offering of Aloha. As you check in and get settled into the resort, you will learn about all the many ways  guests of all ages are invited to connect with the resort, including weekly historical “sense of place” discussions and tours of bordering Honokahua Preservation Site  a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site)
Situated on 54 pristine acres, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua  is comprised of 463 guest rooms, suites and Club Level accommodations which feature dark wood floors, marble bathrooms, vibrant island-inspired decor and  designs. On property and nearby recreational activities include four tennis courts, basketball court, swimming, surfing,boogie boarding,sailing,kayaking, whale watching in season, the Ambassadors of the Environment program (featured in my last blog post) , two championship golf courses, Kapalua Adventures offers two miles of Zip-lines and miles of hiking trails. The resort location just steps away from D.T. Fleming Beach, guests are treated to a near private beach oasis.

D.T. Fleming Beach

After a full day of  exploring, playing  golf or tennis  or just enjoying a lazy day at the beach, guest can choose from one of six amazing restaurants on property to dine including The Banyan Tree  ( their signature restaurant), The Terrace, casual alfresco dining at The Beach House, The Pool Bar & Cafe, Kai Sushi, Alaloa Lounge  and of course In Room Dining is offered as well.
One of my personal favorites amenities at this resort has to be  The Ritz-Carlton Spa  featuring treatments inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions, a full array of body treatments, massages and facials,  a full service hair and nail salon, a fitness center with cardio  equipment, daily fitness classes  and with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
I have barely begun to touch the service of what makes The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua  so special, but I strongly suggest as you try to decide which resort on Maui would be the best fit for you, that you take time to learn more about this lovely resort, I would be glad to answer any questions that you might have.
 The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua   offers full-service wedding and vow renewal services, and in my next blog  I will explore having your Destination Wedding at this lovely resort.
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Hawai’i 96761  Phone 808-669-6200
Contact Linda Dancer your Maui Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com
 Phone 1-888-811-1888 Ext 331 Direct Line 828-256-1520

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Ambassadors of the Environment Dec 14

Ambassadors of the Environment

Did you know that the  Ritz-Carlton Kapalua offers Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program on property? This program features an environmental and cultural education center with excursions led by expert naturalists. Perfect for adults and families with children there are many fun options  for every age group such as:  “Cities under the Sea” a snorkel and underwater photography tour, Sea Kayak Coastal Tour that allows guest beautiful views of the West Maui Mountains as they paddle alongside pristine coastline, the naturalist explains about sea creatures such as the “hono” Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Coastal Walks and Birdwatching  through Kapalua Resort’s beautiful natural park just to name a few programs that are available. The Ambassadors program creates wonderful opportunities for participants to learn about Hawaii’s unique environment. Programs are available for guests of all ages and skill levels  with children’s programs starting at age 5 with fun activities such as Tidepool Exploration , Underwater photography, rain-forest adventures, hands on experiments, cultural arts and crafts and much more – some activities are seasonal such as whale watching .
Cultural Center  Multi-Generational  family trips would be perfect for this program since Ambassadors of the Environment can also plan private excursions, birthday parties and unique family outings  that would create a lifetime of memories.  With experienced naturalists guiding you every step of the  everyone is sure to have a good time.
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua  is a wonderful resort with so much to offer, and having this program on property is just one more reason why you should consider booking your next family vacation here. Hawaii is to be experienced  to fully understand the magic that lies in the Hawaiian Islands and why so many of us are drawn to return again and again.
For more information  email the program directly  ambassadors.kapalua@ritzcarlton.com or call 1-808-665-7292
Contact Linda Dancer  Maui Master Destination Specialist to plan your visit to the beautiful island of Maui  and the  Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua- Be watching next week for Blog post about  the resort.
Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Un-Cruise the Hawaiian Islands Sep 16

Safari Explorer

  Travel to Hawai’i  is so much more an experience than a trip to a destination. American Safari Cruises  “Hawaiian Seascapes” adventure  offers an all-inclusive floating alternative to flying to an island, staying at a luxury resort and only exploring that one island.  The thirty-six guest Safari Explorer visits the islands of Lana’i , Maui , Moloka’i  and  Hawai’i, the Big Island, areas of the islands that many visitors never have the opportunity to see. Sailing through these beautiful islands on an upscale yacht allows you to immerse yourself into this tropical playground by  activities such as kayaks, talking story, cultural excursions on Moloka’i into Halawa Valley, get above and below the ocean teaming with marine life – some found only in the Hawaiian Islands.  So many incredible experiences such as night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, visit the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, visit plumeria and macadamia nut farms, stroll Lana’i’s ghostly Shipwreck Beach to the petroglyphs, evening pa’ina(feast) and Hawaiian jam sesson with locals,exclusive cultural experiences in Moloka’i’s Halawa Valley or explore Hawaiian waters in a traditional hand-carved voyaging canoe. Life on board the yacht is enhanced daily by insights from the Expedition leader and the guides and other members of the cruise staff.
Hawaiian Seascapes 
7 nights – Lana’i to Hawai’i, the Big Island (or reverse)
Luxury yacht experience includes : Port charges and taxes,  airport transfers
Incredible meals with Hawaiian flavors and influence and a special pa’ina(old-style luau feast) on Moloka’i , Premium spirits,fine wine and micro-brews, massage and daily yoga classes from the Wellness Director, on board hot tub,sauna and exercise equipment, fleet of double kayaks,stand-up paddle boards,sailboat,snorkeling gear and skiffs – no hassle and extra cost of renting equipment on the beach with this experience, English speaking crew of about 1-2 guests with Expedition Leader/Naturalist and guides, open bridge and tours ashore and on the water.Crew gratuities are the only out of pocket expense.
SPECIAL OFFER :
Special  travel credit of $500 per couple/book and deposit  before September 30th, 2012  
** Based upon availability -contact your Yachtalist below for more info **
 
To book your Hawaiian Seascape  contact  Linda Dancer – an Un-Cruise certified Yachtalist
 Direct Line  828-256-1520  or  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com ; www.honeymoonsinc.com

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Relaxation found in activity Mar 09

Many people find relaxation through trying new activities – The Hawaiian Islands  offer so  much more to visitors than just beautiful resorts with incredible pools, amenities and beaches. To truly unlock the magic of all that is Hawaii you have to get out and explore. Regardless of your interest or physical abililities, Hawaii has something special for you. The best way to discover local culture, natural beauty and Hawaiian traditions  is to take advantage of the safety and security found in Hawaii and try something new.  Aloha Spirit  is found on all six islands and each unique island offers many opportunities for you to find your relaxation through trying a variety of activities.

Some of my favorites are :

Watersports such as scuba , ocean kayaks and  stand up paddle boarding:

Snuba - Combination of snorkeling and scuba

Stand up paddle boarding

Ocean Kayaks

 

Eco- Adventures  such as  horseback riding ,  hiking through rainforest and  zip lines are just a few of the options available in Hawaii 

Horseback riding on Kauai

Zipline on Maui with Kapalua Adventures

Hiking through the Rainforest on Oahu

 

Explore by  Rental Car   or  organized tour  , bicycle   or  from the air: 

Valley Isle Excursions - Road to Hana Tour

Seaplane Tours over Oahu

Oahu Bike Downhill with Bike Hawaii

 

Valley Isle Excursions – a wonderful way to  explore the road to Hana  www.tourmaui.com  , enjoy this breathtaking drive through 52 miles,617 curves and 56 one lane bridges

Bike Hawaii – Rainforest to the Reef –    Explore  Oahu  with this team of  professional nature guides   at  www.bikehawaii.com  – explore remote areas of  Oahu that most visitors never see.

Princeville Ranch Stables – Ride through beautiful pastures, hike through the rainforest  to a  private  waterfall and if you are brave enough take a dip in the simming hole below   www.princevilleranch.com

Kapalua Adventures  – operating over two miles of ziplines and  a  360 foot  suspension bridge  – truly a one of a kind experience   www.gozipmaui.com

Island Seaplane Tours  – Helicopter tours  are great , but this is such a unique experience  – bird’s eye view of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor  www.islandseaplane.com

Kayak  and stand up paddle boarding  lessons are just two of the many activities  that  Kayak Kauai  can assist you with on Kauai  www.kayakkauai.com

For assistance for booking these tours or any of the countless ofther activites in Hawaii  email  me  linda@honeymoonsinc.com   or give me a call 1-888-811-1888 ext 331.

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Hawaii Kayak Tours Aug 20

Here is a great resource for kayakers looking for great Kayaking Tours in Hawaii!

Twogood Kayaks: http://www.twogoodkayaks.com/packages.html

Adventure Package

$69.00 per person includes:

  • Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Paddle
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Round Trip Transportation from Waikiki

Guided Tour

$119.00 per person includes:

  • Guide
  • Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Paddle
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Snorkeling Gear (mask, snorkel, and fins)
  • Dry Bag
  • Padded Backrest
  • Round Trip Transportation from Waikiki

Turtle Safari

$55.00 per person includes:

  • Snorkeling Gear (mask, snorkel, and fins)
  • Boogie Board
  • Life Jacket
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Round Trip Transportation from Waikiki

All packages run from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Contact me today about setting up a dream kayaking vacation in Hawaii! linda@honeymoonsinc.com.

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