West Shore Kauai – Hanapepe, Waimea, Kekaha, Poihale, Kokee
The West Shore of Kauai is the most arid side of the island. A popular destination on the western shore is Hanapepe which is known for its art galleries and popular art nights. Still west is Salt Pond which much of the Hawaiian Salt is harvested from the sea. There is also a good swimming beach with on duty lifegaurds at Salt Pond Beach.
Eventually you will get to Waimea town. Waimea town is a throw back to the past with classic Hawaiian style homes and one road going through town. Waimea is thought of as Poniolo country or cowboy country. In Waimea town is The Waimea Plantation Cottages situated on Kauai’s only black sand beach.
From Waimea town you can go up to Waimea valley, dubbed the “grand canyon of the pacific” by Mark Twain and Kokee National Park or you can keep going to the end of the road to the incredible Polihale Beach. To get to Polihale Beach you will need to drive for a number of miles on bad dirt roads but once there an amazing vista and huge white sand beaches await you. Polihale beach is a perfect place to watch a sunset go down with a view of Niihau, “the forbidden island” out across the ocean. Many consider Polihale beach the most beautiful beach on Kauai.
If instead you choose to go up to Kokee you will find panoramic vistas of Waimea Canyon and many hiking trails. Some trails are dedicated for hunters and others for hiking. It is best to first stop at the Kokee lodge and check with rangers on conditions and open trails.
SPECIAL VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN THIS AREA
These are a few of the exceptional North Shore Vacation Rental Properties that we recommend.
Price Range $329 – $429 Nightly | 2 Bed 1 Bath
Be in Hanalei for a classic Kauai Experience! The birds eye view of the river makes this cottage a truly unique accommodation. There are five charming river cottages to choose from but because of their popularity they get booked fast.
Be in Hanalei for a classic Kauai Experience! The birds eye view of the river makes this cottage a truly unique accommodation. Cottages are fully equipped with all the amenities you need to make your stay enjoyable. Stroll or drive two minutes to the beach at famous Hanalei Bay.
Price Range $299 – $399 Nightly | 2 Bed 2 Bath
Beautiful private home in Princeville with private swimming pool, two master suites, perfect for a full family. Includes all the beach toys including snorkel gear, chairs, towels, boogie boards, and bikes.
Enjoy the privacy and serenity around the large private pool as well as the tropical landscaping. Short walk to Queens Bath, stunning Hideaways Beach, or world class Makai Golf Course.
PRICE RANGE: $750 – $1050 Nightly | Beds 5 Bath 4
Aloha and welcome to Honu Hale Sunrise, located on the majestic North Shore in Princeville, Kauai. A house like you’ve never experienced before; bright, cheerful, exquisite, with warm aloha touches throughout. A house like you’ve never experienced before; bright, cheerful, exquisite, with warm aloha touches throughout. Located in a quiet neighborhood lined with tropical hibiscus and fragrant plumeria trees, just steps from one of North Shore’s top breathtaking excursions