We like resorts, action and surfing so where should we stay in Hawaii ?
TOGETHER WITH MY HUSBAND, WE’RE TAKING OUR DAUGHTER AND HER BOYFRIEND TO HAWAII FOR 10 DAYS IN LATE APRIL. MY HUSBAND LIKES SURF, I LIKE RESORTS AND THE TWENTY SOMETHINGS LIKE ACTION. SHOULD WE STAY IN ONE PLACE OR TRY OTHER ISLANDS, ALTHOUGH I DON’T WANT TO WASTE TIME FLYING AND UNPACKING. IS IT BETTER TO DO TWO APARTMENTS INSTEAD OF HOTELS?
The place that leaps to mind is the north coast of Kauai. This is the tropical book of earthly wonders – rainforests, soaring cliffs hung with rainbows, mountains, luscious valleys, beaches made in heaven – and no building taller than a coconut tree. The place to stay is Princeville, a resort enclave wrapped around the western edge of Hanalei Bay. Scattered discretely among the shrubbery, the hotels here range from the studios and family-friendly condos of the Hanalei Bay Resort to the full-gloss St Regis Princeville Resort.
The nearby town of Hanalei is just about the grooviest place in the Hawaiian Islands. As well as a strident beauty, Hanalei is also the biking, hiking, snorkelling and diving capital of Kauai. The reason is its proximity to the Na Pali coast, the fluted green volcanic peaks that rise 1000 metres almost sheer from the sea. From Hanalei, the highway continues west for another 10 kilometres through a dreamscape of green tunnels, one-lane bridges, silver streams and tiny, ramshackle general stores. The highway ends at Ke’e Beach, where the Kalalau Trail takes up the journey around the Na Pali Coast. Rated by many as the premier walk in the Hawaiian Islands, this is a remnant of the trail that was carved out by the Hawaiians to reach their taro fields which lay in the coastal valleys, protected by the natural fortress of the cliffs. The Hanakapi’ai Trail is a shorter, 13-kilometre version. There’s plenty to do in this region to keep everyone happy and occupied for 10 days.
This question and answer first appeared in The Tripologist column of Fairfax’s Traveller. Read more at www.traveller.com.au