Princeville: One of Kauai’s Most Popular Resort Areas
Princeville is a very popular resort area that lies on an ocean bluff located on Kauai’s north shore. Here you’ll find numerous condos, hotels, timeshares, restaurants, shopping, many beautiful sights and one of the top rated golf courses in the U.S. The main way into Princeville is from Highway 56 at Ka Haku Road.
One of Princeville’s top attractions is The Prince Course, which is a part of the Princeville Resort. This beautiful but very challenging golf course was built right into a jungle along the coast and has been rated the best resort course in Hawaii.
Even if you’re not staying at the Princeville Resort, it can still be a great place for dining and shopping. If you are staying here, you should know that the two nearby supermarkets, Foodland and Big Save, have very high prices. So if you want to do some grocery shopping, you may want to go to Kapaa.
Across the road from the Princeville Resort is the Hanalei Lookout. This spot provides an amazing view of the valley where most of Hawaii’s taro crops are grown. With beautiful river flowing between the taro patches and a gorgeous mountain back drop, this is a great place for taking pictures.
If you simply drive straight through Princeville Kauai, it may seem like there are no beaches due to the many cliffs. They are there, it’s just that most of the beaches are about 200 feet below the cliffs. To get to the beaches you’ll have to hike down. Some of the trails are easy, but others can be quite difficult and even dangerous – especially if it has rained recently. The good thing about this is that most of the beaches at Princeville usually aren’t very crowded, especially if you get there early in the morning or late in the day.
In the summertime the waters can be very nice for swimming, but in the winter the waves are much bigger and more dangerous. Even if you visit when conditions aren’t good for swimming, the beaches are still beautiful. Many times you can see turtles along the cliffs. One beach you don’t want to miss is Pali Ke Kua Beach, also known as Hideaways. This is a gorgeous beach, that’s definitely worth the hike. Another exceptional spot you should visit is known as Queen’s Bath – it’s a natural pool on a lava shelf. It’s a beautiful sight and a lot of fun to swim in but be careful and do not attempt it in the winter or even fall months. Unexpected waves sometimes knock people off the rocks and into the ocean where they can be dragged away by strong currents. Not the way you want to end your vacation.