Wow - met our expectations and more!
We just loved our time here – it really is a charming place, nestled in a lush, peaceful setting. There is another rental quite close that isn't depicted in the photos, but completely screened off from view and we felt nicely isolated and all was quiet. . .well, except for the occasional rooster and those crazy frogs at night.
The lagoon indeed adjoins the property - and it was a wonderful highlight. We used the kayak to leisurely paddle out to the Bay - it's a short paddle around a couple of bends- or just floated about and enjoyed the incredible birds. For the more leisurely-minded, there are a couple of chairs right on the edge of the lagoon that are a coffee sipper’s dream-come-true.
The house is modest, but has a friendly vibe. Lots of windows contribute to an airy feel to the place, it’s scrupulously clean, the amenities are great (includes Wi-Fi), deck is very pleasant and completely private, and the bed was quite comfortable. We had read a couple of reviews about uncomfortable pillows and were braced to buy a couple at Costco, if need be, but the pillows were just fine.
During our week-long stay, we picked fresh oranges, papaya and avocado on the property . . . pretty incredible! So, now the frogs. We actually love listening to frogs, but these aren’t your typical croakers. They produce a weird, more mechanical sound - kind of like a malfunctioning ceiling fan. We could readily eliminate the problem by closing the bedroom windows, but most nights didn’t bother, as it wasn’t that bad. As for roosters, well we just have to be philosophical about these guys, as they are ubiquitous on the Islands.
All in all, just loved the place. Its situation so close to Moloaa Bay is wonderful. Also, would highly recommend Larsen’s Beach, which is close by. Much larger stretch of beach with a very remote feel to it; it was our favorite beach on the island. For hikers – we really enjoyed the Alakai Swamp trail, but you definitely need a 4-wheel drive to get to the trail head. If you didn’t rent one, it is actually better to hike into the Alakai trail head than use the Phiea trail to get to it, which we heard was absolutely horrible (we met more than one mud-soaked hiker who sorely regretted the Phiea). For IPA beer enthusiasts, Dechutes Inversion on tap at the Kalypso in Hanalei. The Captain Cook IPA at the Kauai Brewery was pretty good too. We ran into some pretty good food during our stay and the Ahi and Take Poke at the Pono Market were standouts.
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