Kauai's North Shore is filled with beautiful beaches, scenic hiking trails and picturesque resort towns. On this tour, you can snorkel at a beach surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, visit a scenic waterfall, check out a lighthouse and bird sanctuary, or explore a historic garden.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Snorkel at Anini or Tunnels Beach (past Hanalei)
•⁠ Visit the resort towns of Princeville and Hanalei
•⁠ Explore Limahuli Gardens
•⁠ Hike Okolehao Trail
•⁠ Hike the Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast (past Hanalei)

Recommended Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kapa’a and Princeville
Direction: Loop, ending where you began

*VERY IMPORTANT* Entry to Haena State Park is limited and advanced reservations for all vehicles, walk-in entries, and shuttle riders are required. You can make reservations up to 14-days in advance at www.gohaena.com. PLEASE NOTE: you will NOT be able to drive past Hanelei without an advance reservation. Parking and shuttle reservations are also required and available on the same site.

Even without a voucher, there is still a lot to see on this tour!

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 Hours) 97 Narration Points


  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling


  • Important: Click here for reservations

  • Best Viewpoints

  • Best Beaches

  • Best Mini - Hikes

  • Hanalei Town

  • Fruit Stands



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

The tour begins in Kapa’a but if you’re staying in Princeville you can join the tour along the route. You’ll travel west towards Hanalei until you reach the Ha’ena State Park, where you’ll turn around and return back to Kapa’a the same way you arrived  don’t worry, we’ll tell you fun stories the entire drive back. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!

POPULAR STOPS (before Hanalei)

  • Moloa’a Beach 

  • Kilauea Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge 

  • Rock Quarry Beach (Kahili)  

  • Secret Beach 

  • Anini Beach 

  • Princeville 

  • Okolehao Hiking Trail

  • Hanalei Town

  • Hanalei Pier

POPULAR STOPS (after Hanalei with reservation)

  • Haena Beach & Tunnels Reef
  • Lumahai Beach 
    • Limahuli Gardens
      • Ke’e Beach (end of the road) 
        • Kalalau Trail

          For help planning your day check our North Shore Kauai suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app!

          What should I pack and budget?

          • Sneakers & hiking clothes

          • Water

          • Bug spray

          • Towel

          • Bathing Suit & sandals 

          • Sunscreen 

          • Sun Glasses and/or Hat

          • Snacks

          • Car Charger

          • Camera

          • Cash (see budget below)

          How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

          • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s North Shore Kauai Tour

          • $15.00 per person: Lunch

          • $10.00 per person: Kilauea Lighthouse

          • $20.00 per person: Limahuli Botanical Garden

          • $5.00 per person: Local snack

          • $1 for walkers; $5 to park; $15 shuttle reservations (includes entrance fee): Haena State Park Entrance

          Can I join the tour along the route?

          Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

          Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

          No, this tour travels west along the north shore of Kauai. 

          Where can I get a voucher to drive past Hanalei?

          Other Questions? Contact Us!

          Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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          Fun and informative tour of Waimea Canyon

          ShaakaFrog | June 2020
          Driving directions very clear, stories very entertaining and informative. Tour very flexible, you can choose what you want to see and skip the rest. Highly recommend this tour as well as the tour of the North Shore

          3 great tours on Kuaui

          Dools from Reno | June 2020
          After enjoying the Shaka tour on the Hana road last year, I enthusiastically downloaded the Kauai 4 tour package while staying with family in Honolulu. Although they have lived in Hawaii for many years, they had not been aware of your tours. The Waimea tour was our first and the directions to the many sites along the way and of course the humor made them enthusiasts as well. Second day we did the North shore and loved it as well. Today we did the Wailua valley (after relatives left) and really liked it as well. The history of Hawaii comes alive and seeing the sites at the same time as our guide is reporting is fantastic. 5 star Ono from a mainland Houle and the local family as well.

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          Lei~ | June 2020
          We used this app to see the island of Kauai at our own and pace. My favorite tour was Waimea Canyon. The guide works by downloading the tour and map in advance so even if you are stuck without cell signal (which you probably will be), it will still function. There are a lot of cool legends and stories that the guide shares. He takes you to some nice scenic places that maybe most other people don’t know about. There are options to do some hiking so be prepared and have the right clothing, walking stick, bug spray, water if you want to do hiking. Some hikes are short, some are several miles and longer. It also gets very muddy if it has been raining so be prepared for that also. It can be very dangerous in Kauai to hike certain areas when muddy so use your own judgement. Would definitely recommend this app and will use the other Shaka Guides when I go back to other islands on Hawaii. I would love to see similar guides for other parts of the USA!!
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