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Hike to the "Secret Beach"

Hiking down to the "Secret Beach" Photo, Kauai, Hawaii

During our stay at the Westin Ocean Resort Villas in Princeville we kept noticing people hiking up and down a trail near our condo. After a couple of days our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to see what all the fuss was about.

There is a beach access point right next to the resort with a hiking path down to the beach. We put on our shoes (for the first time) and walked out to the trail head to see what was lying below at the beach. This was a fairly short hike, but watch out, it's slippery and is a pretty sharp grade going down the trail, and unfortunately up at the end of the hike. It was quite beautiful walking through the "jungle" to the bottom, which then unfolds into a beach that is very serene and quiet.You can see Anini Beach to the South and Hanalei Bay to the North.

The beach is at the bottom of the Princeville cliffs and is very narrow. The beach is dotted with lava rocks that intertwine with the sand, surf, and root systems of the trees. The beach is shaded by overhanging tress and branches, so this is not a place for sunbathing.

We set out and explored along the "secret" beach under the cliffs for a couple of hours. Just exploring between all the rocks looking for coral and shells made for wonderful day. The serene and quiet nature of this beach will leave an impression on you. It feels like you are on a primal deserted island all to yourself. We would recommend this to anyone who would like to see a different kind of a beach than what you see in the brochures. It was very peaceful and relaxing.

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