Kauai’s North Shore offers some of the most dramatic scenery of all the islands with cliffs, mountains and beautiful beaches, you are sure to find what you are looking for in your trip to this area of the island. We found a few places that make a trip to the North Shore of Kauai a worth while day trip.
Hideaways Beach (Secret Beach)
Hideaways Beach, otherwise known as Secret Beach is a generally calm water beach. You’ll have to know where you are going to get here, but there is a small parking lot located near the entrance. We were one of only several people on the beach the day we visited. It sure was a secret that day.
Hanalei Bay Beach
Hanalei Bay Beach is a 2 mile long half moon shaped beach. The St Regis and a number of houses are along this beach. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a rainbow.
One Lane Bridge
The drive along the North Shore was always interesting. At one point, you’ll come to a one lane bridge. There is etiquette here to follow. If you approach the bridge and there is a car coming across you are expected to wait until the last car comes across. If you approach the bridge and the traffic is going across the bridge from your side, you are expected to continue across following the last car. So it’s kind of like a conga line across the bridge.
Be careful to not get distracted while driving. It’s not hard, so I suggest you take turns driving in and out so all in the car can take in the view.
Tunnels Beach is all the way towards the end of the drive on the North Shore near Ke’e beach.
Ke’e Beach is the end of the road before you get to the trail to Hanakapiai beach. The water was calm and there were plenty of families snorkeling. But do note that there can be an undercurrent the farther away from the beach you get.
A visit to the North Shore beaches is a great way to spend one or more days. For me, I enjoyed our time most at Hideaways beach.
What’s your favorite beach on the North Shore?
Kauai Day Trips
Check out our other Hawaii Day Trip tips and ideas here.
- Kauai Day Trip – Queen’s Bath & Secret Beach
- Kauai Day Trip – Waimea Canyon Lookout
- Kauai Trip Report – Exploring Kauai’s North Coast
- Kauai Trip Report – St Regis Princeville
- Kauai Day Trip – North Shore Beaches