Visitors Information in Princeville, Kauai
Despite its small size—about 550 square miles—Kauai has four distinct regions, each with its own unique characteristics. The windward coast, which catches the prevailing trade winds, consists of the North Shore and East Side, while the drier leeward coast encompasses the South Shore and West Side. One main road nearly encircles the island, except for a 15-mi stretch of sheer cliffs called Napali Coast. The center of the island—Mt. Waialeale, completely inaccessible by car and viewable only from above due to nearly year-round cloud cover—is the wettest spot on earth, getting about 450 inches of rain per year. On Kauai, the directions mauka (toward the mountains) and makai (toward the ocean) are often used. Locals tend to refer to highways by name rather than by number.
A smattering of charismatic towns treats you to surreal delights that rival any in the world. The historic lighthouse at the island's northernmost point, Kilauea, is also home for wildlife including migratory birds, seabirds, and Hawaii's state bird (the Nene goose). Humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals and spinner dolphins can also be observed from Kilauea Point and guided nature hikes are available. Luxuriate in the upscale resort area of Princeville and play a round of golf on a premier course on Kauai's North Shore. Keep traveling toward incredible Lumahai Beach, which served as the setting for filming "South Pacific". Hanalei is nearby to Princeville and it reveals the grandeur of valleys and mountains and highlights its charming sisters, Wainiha and Haena, blending perfectly with their colorful shops, galleries, and restaurants. Your stay will be heavenly and your choices are several, ranging from historic bed & breakfasts, unbelievable and secluded rental homes, breathtaking cottages, charming inns, or luxurious resort. You will find it difficult to choose, easy to stay, and impossible to leave. The end of the road means the beginning of more visual rewards -- Kee Beach, ideal for sunbathing; Limahuli Gardens with its tropical plants and ocean views; and the wet and dry caves with their enchanting myths. The grand finale is Kauai's magnificent Napali Coast; you'll be enthralled with its 17-mile stretch of coastline and 4,000-foot cliffs, accented with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and mysterious sea caves -- none of it accessible via automobile, so the journey is as adventurous as the destination.