North Shore

Kauai vacation rentals in Princeville and beyond

Kauai’s North Shore is the most unspoiled and tranquil part of the island. Uncrowded beaches, scenic hiking trails, world renown surfing, the North Shores has it all. Does your taste run to active adventure? Try the fabulous experience, go horseback riding on the shoreline, paddle up the Hanalei River, hike the Kalalau trail, or break out your board and surf Canons. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, try wine tasting at the Westin, the St Regis Hotel’s luau, stroll the gorgeous botanical gardens with their lush native fauna, or cast your line in the water from the Hanalei pier. Everyone will want to explore the shops and dining options in Hanalei. In the summer months, you can take a dinner cruise along the Napali Coast, so beautifully wild that it is inaccessible by car. In the winter months, experience the amazing spectacle of whale migration, including the seldom seen opportunity to view mama whales breaching with their babies! And at the end of the day, you can put your feet up on your private lanai and savor the view from the quiet and comfort of your own home-away-from-home. Join us on the North Shore for an authentically Hawaiian experience. 

Some highlights of the many attractions and activities the north shore offers include:

  • Kilauea Point Lighthouse: Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island's most frequented attractions. Perfect for photo ops, whale watching and bird watching.

  • The Napali Coast: Spanning 17 miles along Kauai’s North Shore, the Napali Coast is a sacred place defined by extraordinary natural beauty. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these deep, narrow valleys, existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch. Explore by foot, boat, or air, as this spectacular wilderness area is not accessible by road.
  • Hanalei Town: West of Princeville, on Kauai’s North shore, is peaceful Hanalei Town. Graced with timeless beauty, this lovely small town is home to everything from historic places to contemporary art galleries. Hanalei Town is an unforgettable stop on your visit to Kauai. Visit the Waioli Mission House and step back into Kauai’s history. Browse Hanalei’s art galleries for made-in-Kauai art and carvings made from rare, native Hawaiian woods. Locals and visitors come to Hanalei for ukulele concerts held at the Hanalei Community Center, a regular Kauai event.
  • Limahuli Garden and Preserve: Built on the footprint of our Hawaiian ancestors, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located on the north shore of the island of Kaua'i in one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands. Home to dozens of endangered plants and birds found nowhere else on earth, Limahuli Garden and Preserve highlights native and culturally-significant species in an authentic Hawaiian landscape.
  • Beaches, beaches, beaches: Whether you’d like to sun yourself quietly on the serene white sand beach at Hanalei, snorkel in the gentle waters at Anini, surf the big waves at Canons, or hike down to a secluded little cove at Sealodge, you’ll find enough gorgeous beaches to last you a lifetime!