Princeville – Kauai, Hawai
As the westernmost island of Hawaii, Kauai has earned a reputation as an unmatched tropical paradise. Nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” it has always been a popular destination for Royal Holiday members. While all of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago have their own individual charms, Kauai is the perfect getaway for those looking to experience nature as it only exists in Hawaii. From Princeville, one of the island’s premier resort towns, Royal Holiday members have the perfect platform to see everything that Kauai has to offer, ranging from peaceful wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves to water sports and charming Hawaiian towns.
Royal Holiday is affiliated with Mauna Kai, a charming resort only minutes away from Hanalei Bay, Kee Beach, and Lumahai Beach, which are some of the most scenic beaches in the entire United States. Mauna Kai features elegant landscapes, Royal Suites furnished in traditional Hawaiian “lanai” styles, and easy access to all of the island’s delights. Royal Holiday visitors will enjoy the comfort of two-bedroom suites outfitted with modern amenities, including full kitchens and laundry facilities. Of course, no one visits Kauai to stay inside, although many Mauna Kai guests have been known to lounge at the resort’s generously sized pool.
Princeville, which is located on the North Shore of the island, offers convenient access to some of Kauai’s most exciting destinations, including the Napali Coast, 17 miles of untouched cliffs and valleys best seen from the many hiking trails snaking through the region. However, for those looking to avoid the trek, both sea and helicopter tours are available, and the breathtaking views of sea caverns and waterfalls make it well worth the trip. The north point of the island is marked by the Kilauea Lighthouse, a wildlife refuge where many Royal Holiday members have gone to enjoy the whale watching opportunities from the foot of the lighthouse.
For Royal Holiday members seeking a tamer versions of Hawaii’s famous natural beauty, a trip to the Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens or the Limahuli Gardens will be refreshing. Others may want to escape the jungle to enjoy some of the local culture, and the nearby Hanalei Town serves nicely. With its art galleries, historic museums, and ukulele concerts, the town offers a glimpse of the peaceful native lifestyle. Grab a fishing pole and join the locals on Hanalei Pier, a featured location in the film South Pacific, or take in the beautiful taro fields surrounding the town from the comfort of the Hanalei Valley Lookout.
Venturing out from the North Shore, Royal Holiday members will find a diverse island with many attractions despite its size. Some of these treasures can be found right off the road, including Opaekaa Falls. Others demand some exploration, like Old Koloa Town, a glimpse into the history of plantation life on the island, or Kauai’s art capital, Hanapepe Town. No trip to Kauai would be complete without a visit to Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” but it can be worth exploring the island for its hidden treasures, including the Waioli Mission House and Church, a landmark dating from 1837.