Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Kilauea

Kauapea (Secrets) Beach

Obviously a 'secret' no longer, these powdery white sands extend along massive cliffs for more than a mile, wrapping around two rock reefs, all the way to Kilauea Point. There's a sandy ocean floor and seashells gal…
Top Choice Beach in Haʻena State Park

Keʻe Beach

Memorable North Shore sunsets happen at this spiritual spot, where ancient Hawaiians came to practice hula. In summer, the beach offers a refreshing dip to hikers of the nearby Kalalau Trail. But beware that Keʻe Be…
Top Choice Gardens in Haʻena

Limahuli Garden

As beautiful as it gets for living education, this garden offers a pleasant overview of endemic botany and ancient Hawaiʻi's ahupuaʻa (land division) system of management. Self-guided tours take about 1½ hours, allo…
Top Choice Beach in Hanalei

Black Pot Beach Park (Hanalei Pier)

This small section of Hanalei Bay near the Hanalei River mouth usually offers the calmest surf among the wild North Shore swells. Also known as Hanalei Pier for its unmistakable landmark, the sand is shaded by ironw…
Top Choice Beach in Princeville

Pali Ke Kua (Hideaways) Beach

Hideaways is a cove notched in the cliffs with a short strand of golden sand and turquoise shallows. It’s an ideal snorkel and swim spot (when it’s calm), with a teeming reef just off the beach. Be wise and don’t ge…
Beach in Hanalei Bay & the North Shore

Lumahaʻi Beach

Countless Kauaʻi locals consider this their favorite beach on an island blessed with dozens of beauties. It’s very cinematic, with thick loamy sand backed by lush mountains and with lava rock outcrops on either end.…
Wildlife Reserve in Kilauea

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge claims sweeping views from atop the sea cliffs, where you’ll also find a 1913 lighthouse. You can occasionally glimpse breaching whales in winter and spinner dolphins year-round offshore. Red-footed boob…
Cave in Haʻena

Maniniholo Dry Cave

Maniniholo Dry Cave is deep, broad and rather fun to explore, though the deeper you penetrate the lower the ceiling and the darker your surrounds. A constant seep of water from the cave walls keeps the dark interior…
Beach in Haʻena

Makua (Tunnels) Beach

One of the North Shore’s almost-too-beautiful beaches, named for the underwater caverns and lava tubes in and among the near-shore reef. In summer, this is among the best snorkel spots on the island. It's also the N…
Beach in Kilauea

Kahili (Rock Quarry) Beach

This scenic, rugged stretch of beach is tucked away between two vegetated cliffs where Kilauea Stream meets the ocean. There’s no protective barrier reef, so when surf's up, waves pound. Calm summer days are best fo…