There is a peaceful sense of isolation here in Princeville, sheltered by the mountains and protected by the sea. Far from the hustle and bustle of Oahu, Maui, and Kaua`i’s own developing south shore, here you will find caves and waterfalls, not national chain stores. There are no stop lights. The only high rises are the majestic mountains. Life here is quieter, more mysterious, and full of secrets. Learn about what to do in Princeville Kauai below:
Princeville’s best worst kept secret is the aptly named Secret Beach (Kauapea). A sanctuary unto itself, the beach offers over half a mile of perfect sand dotted with tide pools, a waterfall, and sometimes not another soul in sight. Unlock its secrets for yourself at the bottom of a short, steep, unmarked trail between Kalihiwai Bay and Kilauea Point. (NOTE: At the eastern end some folks might be dressed in the most “natural” of states, so be warned).
When we want to watch the ocean in all its splendor, we head west past Hanalei to Lumahai Beach. Made famous by the film South Pacific, this gorgeous getaway offers stunning views of the sea’s power. Rough conditions make for dangerous swimming, so splash around in the river instead. Be sure to capture beautiful photos and all-important selfie opportunities from the scenic viewpoints above. In the summer months, continue on to Makua Beach (aka Tunnels) which has excellent snorkeling. There are plenty of things to do in Princeville Kauai!
Family Friendly Beaches
Traveling with little ones or a larger family? Lydgate Beach has enclosed rock pools, a nearby playground, and facilities (plus a lifeguard). Anini Beach, just a few miles from your lodgings here, is a childhood favorite with tide pools and a protective reef. Check it out in the morning to avoid afternoon winds. Hanalei Pavilion is a perfect spot for small children with protected swimming and tons of sand for playing.
A Tale of Two Hikes
Those in search of amazing views and “secret” hikes have two choices, both of which we love. The experienced can hike the Okolehao Trail up Hihimanu, the sharp “shark tooth” ridge above Princeville Vacation Rentals. This 2.3-mile hike climbs 1,232 feet and is not for the faint of heart (nor should it be attempted after heavy rains). At the top you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping 180-degree views of the coast, from Kilauea Lighthouse to Hanalei Bay.
Feeling mellow? Then we recommend the 2.1-mile “hike” down the path from Princeville Shopping Center to the St. Regis Hotel. Sit on the terrace bar, sip a fantastic ginger margarita, and gaze out over Hanalei Bay in comfort, watching the surfers and admiring the sun light the ocean ablaze as it slinks past the impossibly steep cliffs of the Nā Pali coast and sinks into sea.
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Minutes away, surrounded by taro fields, and only accessible by a single-lane bridge, the little surf town of Hanalei is rumored to be home to a magical dragon. That secret we can’t confirm, but from watching the sunset on its iconic pier to walking its beautiful beach to sampling its delicious eateries, Hanalei has plenty of magic. Grab a burrito at Pat’s Taqueria truck, try the award-winning tapas at Jim Moffat’s Bar Acuda, or grab a delectable beverage and some baked deliciousness at Hanalei Bread Co., with magical treats that are out of this world.
Saturday’s, those in the know visit the Sunshine Market (9:30 to noon in Hanalei) and sample exotic fruits and vegetables and marvel at the dazzling array of flowers snatched from every spectrum of the rainbow.
We are happy to share our secrets with you, but by the end of your stay you’ll be your own Princeville insider. We hope to hear what hidden gems you come across as you explore Princeville on your own—perhaps over one of those delicious ginger margaritas!