Hideaways Beach is a beautiful, secluded beach near the St. Regis Princeville Resort (renamed 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay) that is tucked under a 200-foot bluff below the Puu Poa Condos and Pali Ke Kua Condos.
With both a sliver of golden sand and plenty of shade, Hideaways Beach is a great place to relax. It’s also a great place for snorkeling, with a nice reef and a full range of sea life.
A rocky outcropping in the middle of the beach separates it into two sections. The section of the beach near the St. Regis Princeville Resort and under the Puu Poa Condos can be reached by a steep, difficult path that has handrails and ropes.
Use extreme caution on this trail and hang on tight. The path to the beach starts across the street (Ka Huka Rd.) from the Hanalei Bay Villas and is sandwiched by fencing between the St. Regis Princeville Resort parking lot and the Puu Poa Condos.
The other section, closer to the Pali Ke Kua Condos, is also known as Pali Ke Kua Beach. A paved pathway from the Pali Ke Kua Condos leads to this section of the beach. There is a barbecue area and picnic table near the bottom of the pathway. The pathway starts behind buildings 1 and 2, the easternmost condo buildings. The beach can also be reached by kayak (and swimming) from Puu Poa Beach and Hanalei Bay.
Conditions at the beach are best in the summer months. Stronger waves in the winter months can hinder snorkeling opportunities and make the beach a possibly more dangerous place.
Parking for Hideaways Beach can be a problem. The large parking lot next to the Puu Poa Condos (by the path) is for the St. Regis Princeville Resort. And parking at both condos is reserved for condo residents and guests. If you are staying nearby, perhaps the best solution is to walk or bike to the trail or pathway.
Beach access is provided by a narrow trail between the St. Regis Princeville Resort parking lot and the Puu Poa Condos.
The trail to Hideaways Beach is sandwiched between two fences.
The trail starts across the street from the Hanalei Bay Villas.
After the fences.
The trail down starts with handrails.
The view from the top of the trail.
Hold on tight to the ropes as this section can be very slippery.
Due to frequent rains, this section is often very muddy and slippery.
Clear waters near Hideaways Beach.
The last part of the trail is not as steep but is often slippery. Watch out for the roots as well.
Hideaways Beach has plenty of shade.
The end of this side of the beach. Expert swimmers can swim beyond this point to the other side of the beach.
Often, there are very few people, if any, at the beach. However, the beach has become more popular in the last couple of years.
Hideaways Beach has a view of Bali Hai, and sunsets are often surreal here.