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A Travel Agent’s Tips on the North Shore of Kauai

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Written by Rhonda Brooks.

The North Shore is the remote area of the island of Kauai in Hawaii, with picturesque views in a lush tropical setting. The quaint town of Princeville offers cliff-side views of the Pacific Ocean, while the beach town of Hanalei offers many fantastic sunsets from the pier and many food trucks creating a laid back casual feel.

Must dos while visiting the North Shore

  • Napali Coast State Wilderness Park (Kalalau Trail).
  • Boat tour of the Napali coast with Blue Dolphin Charters.
  • Helicopter tour with Sunshine Helicopter.
  • Snorkel at Ke’e Beach. Pick up snorkel equipment in the town of Hanalei.
  • Eat lunch or dinner at one of the local food trucks or try the Dolphin for fresh seafood.
  • Kilauea Lighthouse Point for whale watching and view of dolphins. Great views of the Pacific.
  • Spouting Horn Beach for sunset views.
  • Visit the St Regis. The hotel is on a bluff overlooking the town of Hanalei with breathtaking views.
  • Kayak on the Wailua River.

Hikes and Waterfalls

  • Hana Kapiai Falls- Most difficult to get to, but most impressive.
  • Wailua Falls- double tiered waterfall just off the road and easy to access.
  • Kayak to Secret Falls.
  • Opaekaa Fall- with views of the Wailua River Valley. Easy to get to.
  • Hike the Kalalau trail in the State Wilderness Park.
  • Hike or bike the 5 mile loop at Wai Koa Loop Trail.
  • Okolehao Trail- 2.8 miles and is a moderate hike.

Beaches to Visit

  • Anahola Beach for snorkeling.
  • Ha’ena Beach offer a scenic view of the mountains. Great for swimming a photo opportunities.
  • Anini Beach/Hanalei Beach. Great for families.
  • Haina Beach Park. Great for camping, snorkeling, and swimming the beach tunnels.

Restaurants

  • Piazza in Princeville, Happy Talk at the Hanalei Bay Resort (great live music), and The Dolphin in Hanalei. There’s also a location in Poipu.
  • Wishing Well Shave Ice in Hanalei for organic shave ice and acai bowls.
  • Stop at the Lava Lava Beach Club in Kapaa for a casual lunch on the beach with awesome views.

Rhonda Brooks About the Author: Rhonda has been in the travel business for over 25 years and specializes in leisure travel. She is a Uniworld River Cruise Specialist and recently returned from a cruise on the Danube River. Some of her favorite destinations include Europe and Hawaii. Email Rhonda: rhonda@classictravelusa.com