Secrets of the Garden Isle

Nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” Kauai might just be the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai’s North Shore boasts incredible sunsets, rich tropical foliage, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean stretching into the horizon. Makai Club Resort invites you to experience the natural beauty and adventure we enjoy each day here on Kauai.

Beaches

Anini Beach Park

Anini Beach Park

Anini is popular for windsurfing, snorkeling and playing in the water. The water is more shallow here than at other beaches, and an offshore reef keeps the surface relatively calm. Trees and pavilions provide ample shade. Look out for the strong current in the marked channel near the boat ramp.

Ha’ena Beach Park

Ha’ena Beach Park

The jungle meets the ocean at this gorgeous strip of sand on Maniniholo Bay. The strong waves make this beach less ideal for swimming and surfing, but it’s certainly a beautiful place to spend the day. Tunnels Beach is within walking distance.

Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park

Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park

Hanalei Pavilion is the perfect setting for long walks by the water, sandcastle building, and simply relaxing in the sun. The beach is located just before Black Pot Beach on Weke Road. Make sure to bring a beach umbrella for shade.

Ke’e Beach

Ke’e Beach

Ke’e is one of the loveliest spots on the island and a definite “must see.” Take a short walk along the lagoon for incredible views of the Napali Coast at sunset. The snorkeling here is excellent when the water is calm.

Pine Trees (Waioli Beach Park)

Pine Trees (Waioli Beach Park)

Surf’s up at Pine Trees, a beach park dedicated to surfing and bodyboarding. Trees provide plenty of shade, and there are two permanent volleyball courts near the lifeguard station. Please note that swimming is discouraged.

Family Activities

Food Tours

Food Tours

Marta Lane at Tasting Kauai takes you on a gastronomic adventure. Opt for a one-hour tour of the farmers market (perfect if you like to cook in your condo or just want to know where your food comes from). Or spend a half day exploring local farms and restaurants while tasting authentic Hawaiian fare. Visit www.tastingkauai.com for more information.

Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tour

With 90% of Kauai inaccessible by road, a helicopter tour is the perfect way to see the island’s hidden beauty. Your tour will take you past many famous areas that have been featured in movies, over the magnificent Waimea Canyon, and down the impenetrable Napali Coast. Ask our on-site concierge for details.

Traditional Luau

Traditional Luau

Experience Hawaii’s storied past at a traditional luau. Complete with hula, fire dancing, and a full Hawaiian dinner. Our on-site concierge will recommend the best luau on the island and even set you up with your reservations and transportation upon request.

Maniniholo Dry Cave

Maniniholo Dry Cave

Located directly across the street from Ha’ena Beach Park, this large cave is easy to explore and fun with kids. Make sure to bring a flashlight. If you’re up for a short hike, there are also two wet caves, Waikanaloa and Waikapale, located just up the road. Do not swim in the wet caves.

Local Attractions

Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

The refuge is home to dozens of species of birds like the red-footed booby, Laysan albatross, wedge-tailed shearwater, and more. Your hike around the refuge may also include sightings of monk seals, turtles, and humpback whales.

Waimea Canyon/Kokee State Park

Waimea Canyon/Kokee State Park

With 45 miles of hiking trails, there’s something for guests of all abilities. Hike along the Awaawapuhi Trail for spectacular views of one of the Na Pali Coast’s most secluded valleys, take the Alakai Swamp Trail through rainforest bogs or follow the Waipoo Falls Trail to a ginger-rimmed pool.

Princeville Makai Golf Club

Princeville Makai Golf Club

Ranked as one of Hawaii’s Top Golf Courses, Princeville Makai Golf Club boasts 5 oceanfront golf holes, serene lakes, and beautiful Hawaiian woodlands filled with local wildlife. The course features 18 holes and 72 pars located on a rolling plateau high above both the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Hanalei Bay.

Poipu Bay Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course is an 18 hole championship course backed by emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. In addition to stunning views, Poipu Bay Golf Course offers exceptional amenities such as incart satellite navigation, complimentary bottled water, and refreshing cool towels.

Nearby Shopping

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

The North Shore hosts four farmers markets throughout the week, with the two biggest ones on Tuesday at Waipa Ahupuaa Field and Saturday right in Hanalei. Both are a fun opportunity to meet locals, browse native crafts, and sample exotic produce.

Kilauea Town

Kilauea Town

Located about 15 minutes from the resort, Kilauea is a vibrant town with numerous specialty shops. Try the poke at the Kilauea Fish Market or pick up unusual souvenirs at Kong Lung Trading.

Kilohana Plantation

Kilohana Plantation

Located in Lihue, the Kilohana Plantation is home to nine shops, where you can find handcrafted gifts, original artwork, unique jewelry, clothing, and more. Sample rum at the Koloa Rum Company, treat yourself to an ice cream the Kauai Sweet Shoppe, or browse handcrafted pottery at Clayworks Kilohana.

Outdoor Recreation

Fishing

Fishing

Most fishing trips are four- or eight-hours long, and you can either request a private charter or share the boat with another party. Our recommended fishing charters depart from the Nawiliwili and Kapaa Small Boat Harbors and have a six guest limit. Please ask our concierge for details.

Kapaa Bike Path

Kapaa Bike Path

Ke Ala Hele Makalae or “the path that goes by the coast” is just over a 30 minute drive to Kapaa on the Coconut Coast, where you can rent bikes and cruise along the newly built bike path. The ride is suited to all abilities, and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. Explore eclectic shops, restaurants and amazing east side beaches on this self-guided path.

Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons

Hanalei Bay has a sandy bottom with just the right size surf for beginners, and we’ll help you find the perfect coach! The North Shore is less ideal for surfing in the winter, but our concierge will help you find an alternative spot.

Zip Lining

Zip Lining

Kauai is home to a variety of zip lining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island’s diverse landscapes.

Kayaking

Kayaking

Kauai presents a unique opportunity for the kayak enthusiast. The only navigable rivers in Hawaii are located in Kauai, and there are river routes for every experience level. These rivers weave through lush Hawaiian jungle, and have some of the best natural scenery on the island.

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