Kauai North Shore can be summed up in one word: Paradise!Â There are waterfalls, verdant valleys, white sand beaches, lush jungles, tropical flowers, and quaint, laid-back communities. This enchanted slice of paradise is where you will find the towns ofÂ Kilauea, Haena, Hanalei, Anini, and the upscale community of Princeville.Â You can surf, snorkel or swim in the turquoise waters of Hanalei Bay, visit historical landmarks, wander through quaint shops, and enjoy a meal at some of Kauaiâ€™s finest local eateries. Kauaiâ€™s North Shore is calling.
Hanalei town sits on the edge of the famous crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay. The 2-mile-long bay is alive with activity year-round. During the summer, the bayâ€™s calm waters are inviting for stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, surf lessons, and fishing from the historic Hanalei Pier. During the winter months, the waters are a playground for experienced water men and women as they ride the giant swells of the winters Pacific Storms.
From Hanalei to the end of the road at Kee Beach you will traverse an 8 miles scenic drive, where you will find many opportunities for a postcard-perfect photo as well as popular attractions, including Lumahai Beach, Maniniholo Dry Caves, Waikanaloa Wet Caves, Haena Beach Park where the road finally ends, and the Na Pali Coast begins. For parking permits and park entry, visit www.gohaena.com.
Hanalei and north shore activities include kayaking the Na Pali Coast tours, standup paddle, and surf lessons. Explore the hidden north shore while hiking the first 2 miles of the Kalalau Trail.Â The day hike ends at the beautiful Hanakapiai Beach (not for swimming) at the base of the Hanakapiai Valley.
The Napali Coast is inaccessible by road and is truly one of the most pristine, untouched, and beautiful island coastlines. Best toured by helicopter or boat, the fifteen-mile stretch of the Na Pali Coast will give you views of 3,000 feet-high densely green cliffs that dramatically meet the turquoise blue ocean. The waters off the Na Pali Coast are a playground for several species of dolphins and Hawaiiâ€™s Humpback Whales during the winter months.
The crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, Â back-dropped with dramatic views of Kauaiâ€™s interior misted mountain ranges, is the center of all activity on Kauaiâ€™s North Shore. Famous for sailing, paddle boarding, surfing, and swimming. Discover a collection of fun activities, unique shops, galleries, and eateries in what used to be the Old Hanalei School House and Ching Young Village.