Princeville, on the North Shore of Kauai, offers the chance to golf on championship courses, explore quaint Hanalei Bay or zip-line through a tropical forest at the Princeville Ranch Adventures. The town is the gateway to the rugged Napali Coast, accessible by boat, foot or air.
Roughly a half-mile from Princeville Center and most of the area's hotels and condos, Hanalei Bay is a quiet town overlooking a lush green valley and fronted by a curved sandy beach. The topography makes it a safe place to snorkel, kayak or surf when the waves are up. Points of interest include the Waioli Mission Church, built in 1834, and the adjacent mission house. Kayak rental outfits offer paddling tours to the remote Napali Coast.
At 11 miles each way, the Kalalau Trail is a challenging hike along the Napali Coast and an alternative to the kayak trip. It begins at Ke'e Beach, just west of Hanalei and leads past valleys, waterfalls and scenic ocean views. The area offers some camping opportunities in certain areas with a permit from Hawaii State Parks, obtainable in Lihue. Winter hiking is discouraged, but helicopter tours are a scenic alternative.
Princeville Ranch Adventures is in the forest between the Princeville Golf Club and the Princeville Shopping Center. Take a horseback ride, picnic near a waterfall or zip through the forest across Uluhe Fern Ridge. As far as golf, three courses are available in Princeville, all with scenic ocean views from almost anywhere on the greens.