The North Shore of Kauai is very luscious and relaxing. Although there aren’t tons of things to do, it was fun exploring. We attempted to drive to the end of the highway to hike in the morning, but we couldn’t find parking. So, we just went to a beach nearby for some swimming and to have a beach picnic. We also went to St. Regis Princeville Hotel, which is known to be the most luxurious hotel on the island. The Westin Princeville provided a free shuttle to the hotel that ran every hour. The hotel was very nice, but seemed too luxurious for our tastes. The hotel had a private beach that was very nice though.
While staying in the North Shore, we drove a bit south to do a kayak tour to Secret Falls one day. This was one of the highlights of our trip. It was about an hour kayaking to a small island in the forest, another hour of hiking to Secret Falls, and an hour back kayaking. We had a great tour guide that gave us history of the island and guided us to the Secret Falls. The scenery to the falls and the falls itself were amazing. Once we got to the falls, I went for a swim and the water was freezing cold, but it was worth the experience. Overall the tour was great and was only $39 per person, which is a steal for a 4-5 hour tour with only 6 people.
We also had fun driving around and eating shaved ice multiple times. It was only about $3 for a huge cup that was big enough to share. We also loved eating poke and ahi sushi rolls. Kauai is a very small island and we would constantly see the same people around the island. After spending 3 nights at the North Shore, it was time to drive south to Poipu to stay at the hyped Grand Hyatt Kauai.