Kauai

NORTH SHORE KAUAI DRIVING TOUR

Description

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)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Important: Click here for reservations

  • Best Viewpoints

  • Best Beaches

  • Best Mini - Hikes

  • Hanalei Town

  • Fruit Stands

Video

NORTH SHORE KAUAI DRIVING TOUR

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.

          Customer Reviews

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          Lori Rogers | November 2020
          It was so engaging and fun!

          Shaka Guide

          Responded | November 2020

          Great Value, Great Tour!

          bru son | November 2020
          Worth every penny. Perfect if you love history, story telling. Shaka takes you to the expected sights, as well as to other off the beaten path locations. The format is fun and entertaining. Highly recommend Shaka Tours.

          J Mike Byrd | November 2020
          This is a wonderfultool to use to see the island in your own car. Especially during Covid 19. Thanks for all the stories too.

          Shaka Guide

          Responded | November 2020
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