On the Water n 105 Ke`e Beach (shorediving.com) TAYLOR CAMP The North Shore Right before Ke`e beach is where Taylor Camp used to be. The camp is named for Howard Taylor, who owned the land. Yes, this Howard Taylor just hap- pened to have a very famous sister named Elizabeth. Taylor Camp was, for all intents and purposes, a hippy commune in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During this time, many of the hippies heard that you could be in paradise and live off the land and they went to Hawai`i in droves. The state eventually con- demned the property in 1977. Taylor Camp is actu- ally where the puka shell fad began. The story goes that a girl at the camp strung to- gether shells to make an anklet. Howard then gave one to his sister, who then wore it in public and cre- ated the puka shell craze to the point where puka shells were selling for $6 a pound in 1974. Captain Sundown, Hanalei, % 808-826-5585, www. captainsundown.com, has a few snorkel tours to choose from on their 40-ft catamaran. The tour will 106 n Adventures take you from Hanalei Bay, where you’ll see Hanalei Pier, and around the Na Pali Coast to view waterfalls. They guarantee that you’ll see the entire Na Pali Coast. You’ll stop at Nualolo Kai A`awapuhi to snorkel. The tour includes snorkeling gear, a deli lunch and snacks. The cost is $162 per person. Anini Fishing Charters, % 808-828-1285, www. kauaifishing.com. Captain Bob Kutkowski offers a Na Pali Tour on his new 34-ft power catamaran. Anini Fishing Charters launches right from Anini Beach, and they’ll take you on a half-day charter around Na Pali with all snorkeling gear and gourmet lunch included. Na Pali Catamaran, Hanalei, % 866-255-6853, 808-826- 6853, www.napalicatamaran.com, takes you on their 34-ft custom Cougar catamaran from Hanalei along the Na Pali Coast, with snorkeling and lunch included. They operate reg- ularly throughout the summer, but only weather-permitting during the winter months. NA PALI FROM THE NORTH OR WEST? One question that many people have when booking their boat tour is whether to leave from Waimea/ Port Allen or from the north shore. It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re staying on the North Shore, it’s a much shorter drive to the tours that originate from Hanalei, as opposed to driving all the way to Port Al- len. Tours starting from the North Shore reach the Na Pali coast more quickly, so you spend more time actually seeing Na Pali. If you leave from Port Allen, you’ll be in the water 20-25 minutes before you get there. On the downside, the North Shore boat com- panies only offer catamaran tours. That’s more re- laxing, but, if you’re looking for more adventure, you’ll be better off taking one of the tours on a rigid- hull inflatable from Port Allen. If you want to pick up some gear and hit the beach, here are the best places to go snorkeling in the area. On the Water n 107 Tunnels is one of the top snorkeling plac es on t h e island. It’s best during the sum- mer wh en t h e waters are calm. There is a reef rel- atively close to shore that makes for good snorkel- Tunnels (shorediving.com) ing, ev en f or beginners. Expe- rienced snorkelers can venture out beyond this reef and see turtles, trumpetfish, butterflyfish and a whole lot more. In spite of the popularity of the beach, there is plenty of room to explore the reefs and have fun. The North Shore Ke`e Beach (Hawaiian Images) Ke`e Beach offers opportunity to see bright reef fish. It is tough to snorkel during low tide because there’s not much room between you and the reef. You should also watch out for the left channel, which can form a strong current and sweep you out toward Na Pali. Your best bet is to stay within the small bay area. The two-mile-long fringing reef at Anini Beach Park pro- vides excellent snorkeling. It is a good site for beginners and 108 n Adventures gives you ample opportunity to spot eels, boxfishes and humu- humunukunukuapuaa (say it three times fast!). Be aware of the channel area, for the current can be pretty strong. Queen’s Bath is excellent for snorkeling, making the hike down worthwhile. On a good day, you can see hundreds of fish. Sometimes, the water can be too calm, which leaves the lava pools somewhat murky. Hanalei Surf Company in Hanalei Center, % 808-826- 9000, and Hanalei Back- door Surf Company in the Ching Young Village, % 808- 826-1900, both offer snorkel gear for $5 a day or $17 for the week. The staff at both stores is knowledgeable and will steer you to the right places for snorkeling. Honu P ed al an d P a d d le i n Ching Young Village, % 808-826-9069 also offers snorkel gear for $5 a day or $20 a week. A ctivity Wholesalers/ Snorkel Depot, Kuhio High- way next to Postcards Cafe, % 808-826-9983, offers lower rates than everyone in the area for snorkel gear, some- times as low as $2.99 a day. The quality isn’t bad. If you’re on a super-tight bud- Threadfin butterflyfish get, it’s worth it. You should also stop at any of the rental shops listed above or at Foodland or Big Save and pick up an underwater camera for about $12-$17. In order to get the best shots, you’ll need to get pretty close. If the water’s clear, you can certainly pick up the different vibrant colors of reef fish. On the Water n 109 Surfing on the north shore is at its best in the summer. Only the pros would disagree with that statement. During the winter, the waves are large and danger- ous, perfect conditions if you’re an expert, but odds are, you’re not. If you visit during the win- ter, you’re better off cruising along the rolling waves on the South Shore. As a beginner, it’s a good idea to get a lesson to learn the basics so you can get up on the board right away. It’s also good to get in The North Shore t he wa t er wi t h peopl e wh o a r e very familiar with the area and can tell you where the Hanalei Beach Park (Hawaiian Images) good breaks are. Hawaiian Surfing Adventures, % 808-482-0749, www. hawaiiansurfingadventures.com, has lessons from Hanalei Beach Park. The instructors will provide you with the board that’s right for you and appropriate for the conditions. They’ll teach you the basics before you get in the water. The lessons are 1½ hours at $55 for a group lesson; $75 for a private les- son. They also rent boards for $5 an hour or $15 per day. Learn to Surf, % 808-826-7612. At $40 per person for a 1½- hour beginner lesson, Learn to Surf is hard to beat. They give lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers at Hanalei Bay. They also rent boards for $25 a day. Windsurf Kaua`i, % 808-828-6838, doesn’t just give wind- surfing lessons. They also offer two-hour beginner lessons. They also have rentals available. Kayak Kaua`i, % 808-826-9844, www.kayakkauai.com, also has surf lessons for beginners. Lessons are held at Hanalei Bay, 10 am or 2 pm daily for $50. Call to reserve your spot. 110 n Adventures If you’re a surfer who’s spent some time in the water, you’ll want to rent a board and jump right in the water. Popular surfing spots are found at Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach, Kalihiwai and Cannons. Aside from the places mentioned above, you can rent surf- boards from Hanalei Surf Company in Hanalei Center, % 808-826-9000, and Hanalei Backdoor Surf Company in the Ching Young Village, % 808-826-1900. Both offer boards for $5 a day or $17 for the week. The staff at both stores is knowl- edgeable and will tell you what breaks are good for surfing. If you’re not a big fan of surfing, you might want to try your luck at boogie boarding. Boogie boarding spots can be found throughout the area. Although the best boogie boarding spots can be found on the east and south shores, there’s still decent boogie boarding at Hanalei Bay Beach Park and Kalihiwai Beach. Pedal and Paddle in Ching Young Village, % 808-826-9069, rents boogie boards with fins for $7 a day or $25 for a week. Hanalei Surf Company in Hanalei Center, % 808-826-9000, also rents boards for $7 a day or $22 per week. The north shore has great scuba diving for experi- enced and beginning divers alike. With places like Cannons, Tunnels, Ke`e Beach and Anini Beach, the possibilities are endless. The reef along the north shore beaches offers vibrant marine life. There are lava tubes and caverns that you can explore. North Shore Divers, % 808-828- 1223, has tours that are geared more for the experienced diver. One-tank shore dives start at $78 if you’re already certified. Cer- tified divers can also go on their two-tank boat dive for $135. If you’re a beginner, they do offer instruction starting at $98 for a one-tank shore dive. Dive Kaua`i, % 808-822-0452, Bluestripe snapper www.divekauai.com, in Kapa`a, offers shore dives along the north shore for certified divers, starting at $103 for a one-tank dive that includes all scuba gear. On the Water n 111 Fathom Five Diving, % 800-742-6991, 808-742-6991, also operates Ocean Quest Watersports, which is based in Hanalei. They have dives for the experienced and for begin- ners at Tunnels Beach Monday-Friday starting at $65 for one tank. This area has a lot of options for kayaking. You can kayak along the Hanalei River or take an adventur- ous trek in the ocean. The Hanalei River has a pris- tine beauty and is a serene adventure, whether upstream into the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge or downstream into Hanalei Bay. It’s also a great way to experience the refuge up- close. Ocean kayaking is focussed mainly on the excursion to the Na Pali coastline. There is nothing like seeing the incredible beauty of the cliffs from a kayak. That’s one reason why National Geographic Magazine named this adventure one of the best in America. For more about kayaking Na Pali, take a look at the Na Pali section later in this chapter. Kayak Kaua`i, The North Shore % 800-437-3507, 808-826-9844, www.kayakkauai. com, offers a whole host of options for kayaking. You can rent a kayak and they will launch y o u fro m the ir d o ck alo ng the H anale i Riv e r. From there, you Ke`e Beach (Hawaiian Images) can paddle two miles upstream into the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge or one mile downstream to Hanalei Bay. They also have car top racks available if you want to check out the Huleia, Kilauea and Kalihiwai rivers. The staff is friendly and they will help you plan your route if you have any questions. Single kayak rentals start at $28 and doubles start at $52. Kayak Kaua`i also provides guided tours. They have a won- derful three-hour tour that takes you down the serene Hanalei River out into Hanalei Bay, where you can experience the fun and adventure of ocean kayaking. You’ll land at Pu`u 112 n Adventures Poa Beach behind the Princeville Hotel for snorkeling and snacks. It’s great for folks who are absolute beginners or don’t have too much confidence in the water. The cost is $60. Kayak Hanalei, % 808-826-1881, www.kayakhanalei.com, has tours that take off from an old boatyard at the mouth of the Hanalei River and generally include a lot of information about the history of the river. They have a three-hour tour of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay, with snorkeling. The tours offer a lot of information and history of the area. Pedal and Paddle, % 808-826-9069, www.pedalnpaddle. com, rents single kayaks starting at $20 a day or you can rent a double starting at $35 a day. Anini Beach is by far the best place to learn how to windsurf, while more advanced wind- surfers will enjoy the ride at Tunnels. Windsurf Kaua`i, % 808-828- 6838, has a three hour group les- son where you learn the basics of windsurfing for an hour, then spend the remaining two in the Windsurfers off Ke`e Beach water. The cost for the beginner lesson is $85. They sail out of Anini Beach and they also rent equipment. Windsurfing, lessons and rentals are also available from Anini Beach Windsurfing at % 808-826-9463. Hanalei Backdoor Surf Company in the Ching Young Vil- lage, % 808-826-1900, has kiteboarding equipment. Popular places for kite surfing are Anini Beach and Tunnels. Anini Fishing Charters & Tours, % 808-828-1285, www.kauaifishing.com, offers daily charters from Anini Beach. Captain Bob Kutowski takes you on his 34-ft power catamaran. There’s a maximum of only six pas- sengers. North Shore Charters, % 808-828-1379, offers shared or private Na Pali coast tours and fishing charters leaving from Anini Beach. Fishing charters run a half-day and include light to medium tackle and Penn International Gold Reels. In the Air n 113 You’ll catch ono, ahi and mahimahi aboard Captain Gary West’s 30-foot Na Pali Wilson. Heli USA Airways, Princeville Airport, Princeville, www.heliusahawaii.com, % 808-826-6591, is good if you’re staying on the North Shore and you really don’t want to drive down to Lihu`e. All of their tours start you off with a video presentation. Then you’ll climb aboard their A Star Helicopter and fly around the island. They offer a 30-minute tour for $109 per person. You will see Hanalei, Waimea Canyon, Na Pali and Alakai Swamp – a gen- eral overview of the island, but you’ll miss out on much, much more. The deluxe tour, at $169, also includes more of Hanapepe Valley and more of Waimea Canyon. They also do tours out of Lihu`e Airport. The North Shore Nawiliwili Bay from a helicopter tour (Hawaiian Images) n Hanalei Day Spa at Hanalei Colony Resort, % 808- 826-6621, www.hanaleisayspa.com, has four treat- ment rooms, including two couples’ massage rooms. They also offer private and group yoga classes, yoga retreats and beachside massage.
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