Hotel Name: Paradise Bay Resort
Address: 47-039 Lihikai Drive Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
The last time I came to Hawaii I stayed the entire time in Waikiki. There is more to Hawaii than this little tourist strip so I was looking for other experiences.
I stayed as a guest of the Paradise Bay Resort on the windward side of Oahu. This accommodation is located near Kaneohe, about a third of the way up the east coast of the island. To get to Kaneohe you pass through the Nu’uanu Pali Tunnels, and on this side of the island the pace changes considerably.
I stayed in the water front suite looking out over Kaneohe Bay. The resort is listed as a hotel, but technically it could also be a B&B as there is a free breakfast buffet. It could also be classified as a vacation rental, as the suites are self contained units with kitchens.
[Paradise Bay Resort – Hawaii]
After seeing where Paradise Bay was on the map, my original plan was to use this as a base to explore the rest of the island. Once I arrived that plan went out the window. I’m not a sit on the beach and read a book all day kind of guy, but give me a balcony with a view and fast wi-fi and I could linger all day. That’s what I did.
[My office at Paradise Bay Resort]
I had planned to get the bus to Waimea Bay, which the bus nearby runs to. There was a slight drizzle for most of my stay, so I decided to enjoy the view instead. That was my excuse anyway. From my room you can see the Ko’olau Mountains, and the only noise I could hear was the sound of water lapping at the balconies edge and the occasional chicken.
While I was chilling out, most of the other guests were here for the water sport activities. Kaneohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands which makes it a popular area for kayaking and kiteboarding.
I asked a friend of mine who has lived in Honolulu for 15 years if he had heard of this hotel. He wasn’t even aware there were hotels on the windward side. Being out of the way made it part of its charm.
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