Hideaway Beach on Kauai’s North Shore (Amazing snorkeling)

Hideaway Beach on Kauai’s North Shore

Hideaway Beach Kauai is legendary! It’s dinky, it is a nightmare to park at, requires a treacherous mini hike, and it is likely to be crowded. Despite those things, it is still amazing and worth a stop!

So what makes this beach worth all the trouble? It’s hard to describe but this intimate beach is a perfect escape. You feel like you are on your own deserted island. Not only is it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it also features a reef directly offshore that provides phenomenal snorkeling.

Hideaway Beach Kauai
Hideaway Beach Kauai

Quick Facts

  • Other Names: Pali Ke Kua, Secret Beach Kauai, Hidden Beach Kauai
  • Known For: Intimate remote feel and awesome snorkeling
  • Facilities: None
  • Lifeguards: None
  • Crowds: Yes
  • Parking: An absolute nightmare (mini lot)
  • Cost: Free

Location: Hideaways Beach Princeville

Hideaway Beach is located in the Princeville Resort area of Kauai. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a fancy resort area on the north shore of the island of Kauai.

It takes about an hour to drive there from the airport (assuming traffic isn’t too bad).

What To Expect At This Hidden Beach

This perfect beach provides opportunities to get away from everything. Not only does it usually have gentle waves and clear blue water, there is also plenty of shade in case you want to lounge out of the sun. 


There is a small public parking lot just off the road. When I say small, I mean it probably only has spaces for about 10 cars.  There are more than 10 cars worth of people who want to access this beach, so the struggle begins.

The surrounding streets have signs all over absolutely forbidding anyone from parking on them, and if that’s going to be enforced anywhere, it’s in the Princeville area.

Lots of people will park in other public lots ½ mile away and hike into the beach’s trailhead. The beach is one you will likely want to stay on for a while, so turnover in the small lot isn’t fast (even late in the day).

Hideaway Beach Parking
Hideaway Beach Parking

Mini Hike Required

To get to this beach you have to complete a mini hike. First off, don’t confuse the trail down to the beach from the construction area. The trail actually leaves from the north side of the parking lot rather than directly from the middle. The path leading away from the middle of the lot leads directly to a construction zone.

The mini hike has a couple of steep parts that require you to climb down into the beach. It only takes 3 minutes and can be completed in flip flops, but know that you will need to take your time on some fairly steep steps.

Hideaway Beach Kauai hike
Hideaway Beach

Hideaways Snorkeling

This is absolutely one of the best places to snorkel in Kauai. Aside from being able to be so close to the reefs and the water generally being more calm than most other places, the aquatic life you will see is awesome.

I think the location being slightly harder to reach than other places keeps tons and tons of people away, which helps the sea creatures stay.

Go To Hideaways Kauai

If you are in the area I highly recommend going to Hideaways Kauai to spend an afternoon. I loved relaxing out of the sun in the trees hanging over the sand and snorkeling directly off shore with the most vibrant fishies.


  • Dresses – Packing a few good dresses is essential for Hawaii. Dresses have become my go to on trips to help quickly put an outfit together. Revolve is one of my go to shops for beach dresses. ASOS also has great summer dresses.
  • Shorts – Anyone who is traveling to Hawaii needs a good pair of shorts. Khakis are great for guys. For women, cute athletic shorts or denim shorts are perfect for a breezy summertime look. These Levi denim shorts are my current favorites! These high waisted athletic shorts have gone viral on instagram and for good reason, they are AMAZING.
  • Sandals – LOVE these Teva’s! They are my new go to travel sandal. Shop my favorite Teva’s here. They are great to wear in the water snorkeling and also amazing for hiking in Hawaii.
  • Sports braThis SKIMS bra is the most comfortable sports bra you will ever wear! Trust me. I travel with 5 of them. Also, highly recommend checking out the SKIMS fits everybody bra is to die for as well.
  • Tank tops – Free people is my go to place to buy cute and affordable tank tops. I have this tighten up tank in almost every color.
  • Hat – essential. Shop the newest hats at Nordstrom.
  • Beach cover-up – Having at least one good cover-up is essential on any beach trip. I recommend ASOSNordstrom and Revolve as well.
  • Hiking boots – I have two pairs of hiking boots that I love. My Columbia waterproof boots and my Salomon hiking boots. Highly recommend checking them both out! Warning – they both sell out really quick.
  • Tennis Shoes – I guess you could wear sandals hiking this trail but I would recommend tennis shoes. It can get narrow and slippery in parts. These Nike high tops are my current favs. They look so cute with shorts too!
  • Packing cubes – I always go to Urban Outfitters for my packing cubes. They have the cutest ones!
  • Quick Dry Travel Towel – This quick dry towel is amazing to travel with. It really will come in handy when you need extra room in your suitcase.
  • Snorkeling gear – for obvious reasons.

Planning a trip to Kauai? Check out all our Kauai blog posts below.

My husband and I have been to Kauai many times and have written up more blog posts to help you plan your trip. These are my most popular blog posts and Kauai travel guides to help you plan your trip.

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