Explorations along the north shore

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Our first full day on Kaua'i started quite cloudy and we were still tired so we decided to do some scouting first rather than start on our bigger plans straight away. So we went for a leisurely drive along the north shore, from Princeville towards Ke'e beach, where the road (the 560) ends.

We stopped a few times to check out some of the beaches we went past and were surprised to see that some of them seemed completely deserted. Lumaha'i beach, for example, was completely empty, except for the two of us and a jogger who went up and down along the beach. And of course there were chickens! They are everywhere on Kaua'i and seem quite used to people and cars (the annoying thing is that the roosters tend to wake you up at around 5pm every morning).


Our next stop was Ha'ena beach, which connects to Tunnels beach. This was a little more busy, with people populating the beach and others camping just in front of it. Just on the other side of the 560 is Maniniholo Dry Cave, which we also had a look at. It's kind of fun having a look at a cave, but this one was a bit too full of people who just came in for a few quick snapshots and then left again. To my shame, that's exactly what we did as well, we took a few pics and then went back over the road to get our first taste of Kaua'i's shave ice from a guy who is usually there with his kiosk-type van. His shave ice was very tasty for something that's essentially just water!

We then went on a bit further along the road, past the Waikapala'e and Waikanaloa Wet Caves, stopping just before we reached Ke'e beach.
A whole beach, just to ourselves!
The side of the road was nothing short of a real jungle and we decided to explore the area around a stream. It was fun clambering around with no trail or anything and sitting on boudlers in the stream. Unfortunately, the ten minutes or so we were right next to the stream were enough to get eaten alive by mosquitoes! Usually I am protected because Matthew seems much tastier than me, but this time even I had bites absolutely all over my legs! So if anyone is planning to go further along the 560 that Ha'ena beach then DON'T FORGET INSECT REPELLENT!

After this annoying encounter with Kaua'i's insect population we drove back to Princeville and decided to spend the afternoon on Pali Ke Kua (or Hideaways) beach, only a few steps from our villa. It is at the bottom of the cliff and only accessible by descending some steep stairs. Railings and ropes help you to get down there and once we made it we decided it was absolutely worth it. It was fairly busy but it's a beautiful little beach that offers good snorkeling and amazing views towards Hanalei Bay.
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A whole beach, just to ourselves!
A whole beach, just to ourselves!
The sand was hot, hot, HOT!!!
The sand was hot, hot, HOT!!!
Birds scavenging
Birds scavenging
one of many species of birds I saw…
one of many species of birds I sa…
There are plenty of wild chickens …
There are plenty of wild chickens…
Its a jungle!
It's a jungle!
Pretty stream... was it worth all …
Pretty stream... was it worth all…
Hanalei Valley
Hanalei Valley
Steps descenting down to Hideaways…
Steps descenting down to Hideaway…
View over Hideaways beach, just a …
View over Hideaways beach, just a…
The path leading to Hideaways beach
The path leading to Hideaways beach
View towards Hanalei Bay
View towards Hanalei Bay
The view as youve nearly reached …
The view as you've nearly reached…
Hanalei
photo by: vances