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Kauaʻi's dramatic North Shore is an enchanting setting full of rugged mountains, lush taro fields, heavenly beaches and spectacular sea cliffs. You’ll be amazed at how much beauty can be found in just one area of Kauaʻi.
Begin your journey on the island’s northernmost point. Historic Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse is a wildlife sanctuary and a scenic spot during whale watching season. Visit lovely Hanalei Town, home to stretches of green taro fields alongside colorful shops, galleries and restaurants. You’ll also find some of Kauaʻi’s best beaches such as the setting for the film “South Pacific,” and Kēʻē Beach, ideal for sunbathing. You can also learn about native plants and see scenic ocean views at Nā ʻāina Kai Botanical Gardens or at the 17-acre Limahuli Gardens, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
But the most stunning feature of Kauaʻi's North Shore is the magnificent Nāpali Coast. This 17-mile stretch of coastline is lined with cliffs up to 3,000-foot tall, accented with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and sea caves. Inaccessible by car, you can hike or take an air or boat tour to view this breathtaking natural wonder.
The North Shore is also home to the upscale resort area of Princeville where you can indulge in world-class hospitality and play at some of Kauaʻi’s premier golf courses. You can also find other accommodations here ranging from historic bed and breakfasts to rental homes allowing everyone the opportunity to experience the beauty of Kauaʻi’s North Shore.
Regions of Kauaʻi
North Shore Highlights
Daniel K Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse
Interesting history and awe-inspiring photo opportunities await.More
The best views of these cathedral spire-like peaks is with a helicopter or boat tour.More
This laid-back town is the perfect place to unwind.More
Waiʻoli Mission House and Church
Take a trip back in time to the arrival of missionaries on Kauaʻi.More