Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaways)

5 stars from 6 reviews
Address 5454 Ka Haku Rd, Princeville, HI 96722
Difficult to access, one of the best payoffs around. A hidden gem awaits.

Features
• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Scuba Diving
• Good For: Snorkeling

Matt Anderson's Take
Pali Ke Kua Beach is also known as Hideaways Beach and when you see how well hidden it is you'll understand why. It's located in the Princeville area on the north shore of Kaua'i. You could walk and drive right by this hidden beach without ever knowing it was there, much less how to access it.


Well, here's the secret: Head towards The St. Regis Princeville Resort but right before you get to the St. Regis gatehouse you'll see a small, and I mean small, parking lot on your right. Park there and you'll see a trail between the two parallel fences along with a blue beach access sign. If you're staying at the St. Regis just walk here right from the hotel.


Follow that trail towards the ocean but only if it wasn't raining and isn't about to start because if the trail is wet and muddy it could be pretty rough going. On that note, I wouldn't suggest bringing kids or older folks here even on a good day, unless they're really good hikers. As you'll quickly see, the easy trail becomes one of major elevation change and the rusty, shaky old railings could make it tough for some.


If you're up to the challenge use the ropes that are tied off to help you work your way down (over 100 feet) and then back up the "stairs" and path. It's not far and only takes around 10 minutes but it can be a bit sketchy in some areas. If you are unsure if this is for you simple follow the easy path until the stairs start to take you down and you can get a good visual on what's coming and make a choice to turn around if needed.


The payoff at the bottom is beyond worth it. This is an amazing secret beach and a true hidden gem that is often empty. The water here is amazingly clear and blue as you can see from our photos (taken on a cloudy day no less). If the ocean is calm there will be some excellent snorkeling here.


Shade is provided by some trees so pack a lunch and make a day of it. It's amazingly peaceful here, I could spend a day just relaxing on this beach. Note that there are no facilities here.
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Antonio V
Joined: Oct 2017
Reviews: 19
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This truly is an incredible and well hidden beach. Easy to get to from the St Regis, you can even walk here. It's no joke that this isn't for everyone, the trip down to the beach can be a little tough.
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Fred J
Joined: Sep 2017
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 1
This is not an easy beach to get to! The path down is a little scary at best, at least if you're not a hiker (and we are not). But we went slow and made it and are glad we did. What an amazing place. Just don't think about the hike back up while you're down here or you may not enjoy it.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 790
Likes Received: 106
One of my all time favorite places on Kauai. The hike down isn't terrible as long as it isn't wet and muddy, just go slow and be careful. If you can make it down it's an incredible experience, especially if nobody else is down there. It's like being lost in another world.
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Ellen R
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 89
Likes Received: 108
This is a challenging trail. Go slow, use the hand rails and ropes. The parking lot is tiny. Don't park on the side of the road, you'll get a ticket from Princeville patrol. If there's no parking spaces you are allowed to park at St Regis for no charge. Go to the hotel entrance, they will park your car in St Regis's parking lot.
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Annette W
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 32
Likes Received: 3
Hideaway Beach is the perfect name for this place. The biggest reason I love it is because it's hidden and it's hard to get to. If you have little ones in your group or senior citizens that aren't that stable on their feet I would not suggest this hike. It is definitely a hike to this beach going up and down and if it has recently rained it is very slippery and muddy. But if you're up for an adventure and want some privacy this is the perfect hideaway.
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megan
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 2
Likes Received: 0
This is such a beautiful beach! Scooba diving the water is so clear and warm.
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