Princeville sits on rocky bluffs overlooking the ocean on the north shore of Kauai. there are long beaches at either end – Anini Beach is a fine beach for families on the east side and the wide crescent of Hanalei Beach is on the west side. For most beach-goers these are the best choices, but there are more options for anyone willing to hike down the bluffs to pocket beaches and rock pools.
The larger beach is accessed through a private condo property (where we were staying). The steep paved trail goes to the beach where there was an offshore rocky reef, suitable for snorkeling or swimming only in calm conditions.
In the winter seasons, the prevailing winds bring lots of big waves to the north shore of Kauai. There are rocky shelves and reefs along the north end of Princeville and a trail down to the Queens Bath.
There are several large pools that fill with each wave surge and then then lower as the seawaters drain back. In calm conditions (summer) it is possible to swim in these pools, but it would not be safe on any day with active surf.
The trail to Sealodge Beach starts at the edge of Sealodge Resort at the end of the road and descends steeply to a rock shelf trail. There is also a trail down to the end of Anini Beach. That end is called Wyllie’s Beach, but it can be accessed friom the Anini Road too.
Each of the 4 beaches is a short hike, but if we take into account getting to the trailhead, hiking down, walking the beach, exploring, and hiking back up, there is a day of hiking on the Princeville Seacliff Trails.
A good guide to access for Kaui Beaches can be found at Kauai Beach Scoop.