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

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.


  • 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.

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