May. 31, 2009 by Marti
Kapalua's World Class Activities
World Class Activities the Ritz Carlton and Kapalua
As one of the most beautiful spots on the globe, Kapalua has long been acknowledged for its stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, verdant pineapple fields, picturesque bays and tony accommodations. Kapalua is also home to Hawaii’s largest private nature reserve, Pu‘u Kukui, two Audubon sanctuaries, and both Honolua Bay and Mokule’ia Bay—Hawaii State Marine Life Conservation Districts. In the past few years Kapalua has further developed a slew of new facilities to encourage exploration and greater appreciation of the resort’s natural beauty.
Ambassadors of the Environment
The former tennis garden near Fleming Beach has been transformed into the Ambassadors of the Environment Hale and serves as the starting point for numerous fun environmental awareness programs held primarily (and appropriately) in the great out-of-doors.
Launched last fall in partnership with Kapalua, Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, AOTE’s programs offers visitors in-depth explorations of the wonders of the natural world. Nature photography sessions, night time explorations, hikes to the Maunalei Arboretum, and myriad exciting and unique keiki programs lead by trained naturalists, foster a greater appreciation for the world’s interconnectedness. Program participants even partake in verifiable scientific research and there are not many places where the average citizen can do that willingly nor so enjoyably. Costs for any of the three daily individual programs range from $59 - $89.
I can’t imagine a better place to take an underwater photography course than through an agency founded by Jean-Micheal Cousteau!
Kapalua Adventure Center
Have you seen the Unimoggs yet? Ever wonder where they are going? The open-air, all-terrain biodiesel vehicles transport guests from the Adventure Center to Kapalua’s Mountain Outpost. From there intrepid explorers get their kicks on the zipline tour, challenge course, suspension bridge or hike any of Kapalua’s 100 miles of trails. Adventure tours range from $45 for the pineapple express tour to $199 for the deluxe zipline tour. Shuttles from the Ritz take visitors five times daily to hiking trailheads at no cost.
One of Kapalua’s more simple pleasures is the Ocean Trail, especially during whale season. Running from Kapalua Bay to Fleming Beach, the path passes by the newly completed Ritz Residences and has been recently upgraded to include a boardwalk over the dunes at Oneloa Bay. It’s stunning, it’s easy and it’s free.
Golf Practice Holes
My favorite Kapalua improvement in recent months is the revamped 3-hole practice range on the former Village Course. Each hole has three different tee boxes and although it’s short and sweet, the course provides ample opportunity to practice skills beyond the range and putting green without committing to a full round. It’s also the perfect place to test your skills after a lesson at the Golf Academy.