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There are many lodging options on Kauai and being new visitors to the island, we didn't initially know what would be best. We happened upon Woodrose Plantation online and immediately connected with the description — lush, tropical, secluded, natural, affordable. When we arrived, we felt instant recognition from the way the house was described and pictured online. It's tucked away within a border of lush trees, with grounds to wander and fruit to savor. The veranda is breezy and relaxing. The house is cozy. The evening stars are luminescent. We rented cars and explored the island and found the house to be centrally located for excursions north to Princeville and Hanalei (sadly, points north of Hanalei were closed) as well as south to Hanapepe and Waimea Canyon. We shopped for local food at the Kilauea and Anahola farmer's markets and loved visiting the Moloa'a Sunrise Fruit Stand nearby for fresh-made smoothies. We also loved the quaint and delicious restaurants in Kilauea town (The Bistro, Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hanna Pizza, Kilauea Fish Market). Moloa'a Bay, a short five-minute walk from the house, felt uninhabited and lured us for sunrises and peaceful walks and snorkeling (best on the right side of the bay at low tide). Being scuba divers, a few of us had out own gear while others rented (inexpensively) from Kapa'a Beach Shop, which was knowledgeable and helpful. (Note: If you're looking for a great scuba excursion, contact Scott of Makana O Kauai. He partners with Captain Eric of Garden Isle Divers and both are professional, knowledgeable, and fun.) The plantation house has elements of ruggedness — it is not air conditioned and there are "locals" (cats, roosters, geckos, tropical insects) that roam the grounds. They are harmless and part of the natural charm, but may not be suited to visitors with more groomed tastes — which, I suspect, is why some of the reviews are mixed. As for us, we absolutely loved our stay and look forward to coming back again.