"After a lot of searching for a vacation place, we stumbled across the Crown Jewel of Kawela Bay. It seemed almost too good to be true -- a big home on a private bay, decked out with everything we needed to have fun. So much so, in fact, that a few in our party breathed a sigh of relief when we showed up and it was real... and even better than we imagined.
The house is beautiful and easily slept 11 adults + 3 children at our peak occupancy. Although the house itself is old and has lots of characters, its fitted with modern appliances and comforts that make it almost too easy to stay there. A far stretch from the camping we used to do!
But the best part of this place is truly the location. Kawela Bay is very unique on the North Shore. While most beaches are getting pounded by waves during peak seasons, the beaches of Kawela Bay remain calm enough for snorkeling, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking. It's so calm that every morning you'll see some folks from Turtle Bay coming over to Kawela Bay, because their own bay is too rough for beginners.
When want to leave the gentle waves of the beach and surf, though, you just paddle to the back left (or right, if you prefer) of the bay and can catch some very consistent, non-intimidating waves for beginners to sharpen their skills and intermediates to have some fun. Want something bigger? Just paddle out a bit more and you'll catch some great waves breaking on days with a bigger swell.
I could go on for a long time about what we liked, but I'm going to stop. Instead, to provide some balance, I'll offer a few criticisms: (1) I had to do some work on my computer when I first got their, but it was hard to do because the view from inside the dining room is too distracting, (2) Sometimes a big wave would wake me up in the master bedroom, and (3) I ate too much because I love BBQ food and the BBQ was awesome."
Date of Stay: December 2015
Review Submitted: January 7, 2016