Hideaways beach is a small sliver of a beach perhaps only one-hundred yards long which is located down the side of an extremely steep cliff at Princeville. This is not a beach for everyone primarily because of the difficult and potentially dangerous hillside trail that carves its way down the cliffs to the ocean below. A metal rusted railing was installed to help you negotiate this trail many years ago and any trip down will require you to hold it for support. The steps are steep, almost in places like jumps and not only will you have difficulty and have to concentrate getting down them but as you might surmise, the return trip up is only for the hardy. This is not a beach you would want to bring a cooler to and only the minimum of needed accoutrement should be taken with you.
Because the trip down is difficult you will usually find relatively few people down at the beach, which is a good thing because in contradistinction to most Kauai Beaches there is very little space available at this one. As the seasons progress from summer to winter the beach will become even more of a sliver as the sands recede. Once at the bottom however you will be treated to an idyllic spot with clean course light brown sand and plenty of shade on the beach perimeter.
Hideaways beach can during certain days in the summer months be a real treat for snorkelers although anything other than a dip would not work for a swimmer because of the abundance of shallow coral. Any decision to swim here during these times should require diligent and through analysis of the conditions because stiff currents can be present even during calm conditions and there are no lifeguards on duty here. During the winter months you should forget about entering into the water here altogether because of the extreme ocean dangers. Even simply walking on the narrow beach can be a danger at these times as well.
There are no restrooms, showers, picnic tables or any amenities whatsoever at Hideaways Beach and the parking lot up top is tiny which gives you good reason to show up at this location early in the day. Many of the people staying in Princeville will simply walk to this location from their nearby condo.
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There are no lifeguard towers at this location.
Anahola Beach is a great choice for a beach on Kauai. Not only is Anahola picturesque with scenic vistas and a great expanse of beautiful white sand but its protective outer reef of Anahola Bay makes it a less dangerous area in which to enjoy the water than many other beach locations.
Hanalei Bay is by far the largest bay on Kauai and is the heart and soul of all the beaches on the North Shore. The area upon which the ocean touches the shores of the bay is what is known as Hanalei Beach the this colossal spectacle of a beach is perhaps two-miles long and in most places over 100' wide.
Kalihiwai Beach is one of the truly beautiful North Shore Beaches. It is scenically positioned between two prominent points of land and its perfect crescent shape is first noticeable as you get a glimpse of the bay when driving down the roadway which dead-ends at the beach itself.
Lumahai Beach is Kauai's equivalent of the Venus Fly Trap. A case could be made that this may perhaps be the most beautiful beach on the island. Because of its beauty Lumahai Beach was the spot that was chosen to film South Pacific and it is hard to take a photo of this beach that does not come out picture postcard perfect.
In many ways the Mahaulepu Beach experience is more of a hiking adventure than a traditional beach outing. The beautiful sands of Mahaulepu Beach are essentially the hiking path that will take you on a two mile journey starting from Shipwreck Beach in Poipu all the way to the cliffs on the eastern side.
Picturesque is a word that could easily be used to describe Moloa'a Bay. The few vacation rentals that dot this east side bay obviously have the same point of view, as their beachfront locations make a memorable impression in any photograph and aid in luring potential clients to their scenic ocean retreats.
The only reason we are including the Queen's Bath on our list of beaches on Kauai is to dissuade you from going there at all. At the time of this writing I am not exactly certain how many people have lost their lives here but a year has passed by since the official tally had reached 29 persons.
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