36 best beaches of Kauai (& 9 you should avoid)

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Kauai has several of one of the most attractive coastlines worldwide. Several are backed by the magnificent plant of Kauai’s exotic woodlands and also hills, others by skyrocketing sea high cliffs. Some are so remote they call for an 11-mile walking or a kayak journey on the open sea to arrive. Others you can drive right up on the coastline. With a lot of coastlines, there’s a coastline for every person on Kauai. The majority of otherwise every one of Kauai’s coastlines are not crowded. Actually, you might be asking yourself why there aren’t even more individuals at the coastline. Whether you’re searching for snorkeling, searching, body boarding, outdoor camping or simply having a barbecue with the household, a Kauai coastline is calling you. Listed below you will certainly discover a checklist of Kauai coastlines. They are arranged by basic geographical locations, beginning with the Na Pali Coast and also functioning clockwise around the island.

Na Pali Coast Beaches

Establish versus a background of sensational eco-friendly hills and also significant sea high cliffs, Na Pali Coast coastlines are sturdy, remote as well as spectacular. You can not drive to any one of these coastlines, just a walking, kayak or swim will certainly obtain you there. Yet your initiatives will certainly be awarded with several of one of the most remarkably beautiful setups on the planet where you will certainly locate seclusion and also unity with nature.

Milolii Beach

Milolii Beach is a remote coastline on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast that is a preferred for kayakers and also campers. The coastline comes by watercraft and also kayak just. Outdoor camping is enabled throughout the summertime and also licenses are called for to remain over night. Day touchdowns are enabled throughout the summertime in between May 15th as well as September 7th without a license.

Honopu Beach

The private coastline includes a 90-foot all-natural arc in the center that is big sufficient to fly a helicopter with. Sadly, the only method to reach the coastline is by swimming which is a high-risk recommendation in the harsh waters off the Na Pali Coast.

Kalalau Beach

Kalalau Beach is the magical coastline at the end of the route, where travelers and also hippies alike locate their Eden. The coastline can just be gotten to by kayak or treking the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, among one of the most hard routes in Hawaii as well as referred to as among one of the most hazardous on the planet.

Hanakapiai Beach


Hanakapiai Beach is one of the most easily accessible as well as preferred coastline on the Na Pali Coast and also can be gotten to through a two-mile walking on the Hanakapiai Trail from Ke’e Beach. The coastline is a fantastic area to loosen up and also have an outing lunch.

A walk to Hanakapiai Beach is constantly among our preferred tasks on Kauai. The two-mile walking on the Kalalau Trail to the coastline is constantly impressive. And also the coastline itself is whatever you ever before desired in a remote exotic coastline– tranquil, stress-free, attractive and also unique. It was springtime break someplace in the continental United States which indicated the route as well as coastline had much more site visitors than normal. We observed this truth when looking for a vehicle parking place at the route head at Ke’e Beach, which is normally an uphill struggle to start with. After ultimately discovering a questionable garage on the side of the roadway near Limahuli Garden, we directed the preliminary climb of the Kalalau Trail amongst a wide variety of site visitors. Though the path was much more congested than normal, there was still lots of area for every person. The magnitude of the Na Pali Coast engulfed every person, decreasing walkers to plain flecks on a slim bow of red dust among a covering eco-friendly exotic woodland. As constantly, every person was really fitting whether passing or being passed along the route. It really felt a little anxious to see many individuals at the coastline, yet like the path, there sufficed area for everybody. The browse was a little more powerful than normal on this particular day, however you ought to never ever enter the water anyhow at this coastline. We discovered our favored area at the back of the coastline under the rocks as well as had a wonderful outing lunch readied to the fantastic audio of collapsing waves. Simply one more remarkable day on the attractive island of Kauai!

We practically never ever see this many individuals at Hanakapiai Beach. However it was springtime break as well as several households were seeing with their school-age children.

And also currently for our outrageous plug! Accompanying us on our trip to Hanakapiai Beach was our Kauai Waterproof Day Pack (likewise readily available in red) readily available in our on the internet shop at Kauai Surf Shop. The 25 litre knapsack, which is likewise a completely dry bag, is the ideal dimension for Kauai’s several day walks. For this walk we brought along our DJI Spark Drone. There was a lot of space for our treats, water as well as drone. As well as it behaved to recognize that if it drizzled, as well as it did a number of times, that our equipment would certainly remain definitely completely dry in the knapsack.

North Shore Beaches


Kauai’s North Shore coastlines are unique and also exotic like you may locate in the South Pacific. Actually, the flick South Pacific was shot on Kauai’s North Shore coastlines. North Shore coastlines are residence to famous browse haunts, enchanting internet user communities and also unequaled elegance.

In situation you’ve been missing out on the much North Shore of Kauai past Hanalei, right here are a couple of pictures taken quickly prior to the flooding in mid-April 2018 that motivated authorities to shut the location for everybody yet neighborhood homeowners. There’s still a great deal of job as well as repair work to be done prior to the location is open to the public. The most recent word is the location will certainly resume in October or November 2018 when repair work are completed to the road and also 3 bridges, however absolutely nothing is particular since this uploading. In the meantime, delight in the images (click to increase the size of).

Ke’e Beach


This is the coastline at the actual end of the roadway you’ve been looking for. Actually, Ke’e Beach goes to completion of the last roadway in Kauai and also the beginning of the Na Pali Coast. A safety coral reef offers wonderful chances for snorkeling.

This is the coastline at the actual end of the roadway you’ve been looking for. Actually, Ke’e Beach goes to completion of the last roadway in Kauai. It’s heaven located, at the side where world and also wild fulfill.

The coastline is stunning, however possibly hazardous. An indication at the entry ought to be noted: “DANGEROUS OCEAN CONDITIONS SUCH AS HIGH SURF, STRONG CURRENTS, SUDDEN DROP-OFFS, AND SHARP, SLIPPERY CORAL CAN CAUSE DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS. USAGE CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE. NEGLIGENCE HAS COST LIVES.” This indication does not exist. Greater than a couple of have actually shed their lives at Ke’e Beach. However, the coastline flaunts a secured sandy shallows that is ideal for snorkeling and also swimming, particularly in the summer season when the waters are calmer.

The well known Kalalau Trail starts at the western end of the coastline. A 10 min raise the very first component of the path discloses a bird’s-eye view of Ke’e Beach.

Auto parking can be an issue at this prominent coastline. There’s car park right at the coastline if you’re fortunate to discover a place, and also an additional bigger unpaved parking area in the future within strolling range. (This unpaved parking area makes a fantastic instance for a 4×4 rental auto for your time in Kauai.) Do not park on the side of the roadway in unauthorized locations as you will likely be ticketed. Getting to the coastline early can raise your possibilities for a vehicle parking area, however several others will certainly have the very same concept as well. Car park is simpler to discover in the late mid-day when even more individuals begin to leave.

Washrooms, exterior showers as well as water fountains lie near the entry to Ke’e Beach. There are no dining establishments or food stands so bring your very own food as well as beverages. The coastline is open throughout daytime hrs.

Place at Google Maps

Idea: Walk down Ke’e Beach (to the right) as well as the Na Pali Coast emerges (over picture).

Over and also listed below: Ke’e Beach as seen from above on the Kalalau Trail.

The Far Side of Ke’e Beach


There’s greater than fulfills the eye at Kauai’s Ke’e Beach Not just is Ke’e among the island’s most preferred coastlines, the location is likewise a vital old Hawaiian social location.

Beyond of Ke’e Beach that is seldom gone to, to the left of the primary shallows and also around an edge, is just one of the island’s most spiritual areas. Over the coastline in the plants are the areas of 2 old heiau (spiritual websites). Both heiau, called Ka Ulu a Paoa as well as Ke Ahu a Laka, are connected with the old art of Hula and also the sirens Laka as well as Pele (see map listed below).

On the coastline side there is an old big lava rock referred to as Kilioe. This rock is additionally a spiritual website, an area where moms and dads would certainly place their newborn’s umbilical cable in the rock’s openings to ensure that the youngster would certainly have a flourishing life. Also today, it is stated that some moms and dads still exercise the ceremony.

This area of Ke’e Beach has solid as well as effective waves as well as there is likely a solid undertow, particularly at the extremely back beside the rock wall surface. Collapsing waves extra pound this location, and also the huge waves are typically seen in photos of Ke’e Beach and also the Na Pali Coast. It’s finest to avoid of the water on this area of Ke’e Beach On our last browse through to the coastline we saw a Honda engine (image listed below) that had actually cleaned onto land, a testimony to the coastline’s effective waves.

Though the coastline has public accessibility, the location behind the coastline is off limitations. Site visitors need to lionize as well as honor at this delicate Hawaiian social location. A plan of attack for Ke’e Beach would certainly attend to the social value of the website, yet the general prepare for Ke’e Beach is misdirected as well as overreaching in our point of view.

Over: Powerful waves at the end of Ke’e BeachAbove: The back of Ke’e Beach.

Over: A Honda engine cleaned onto land at Ke’e Beach.

3 images over: The spiritual Kilioe Stone

Over: The Na Pali Coast as seen from the much left end of Ke’e Beach.

Over: A no swimming indication for this component of Ke’e Beach. “If doubtful, do not head out!”

Over: The coastline rests under Mt. Makana (also known as Bali Hai).

Over: This component of the coastline kicks back the edge from the primary shallows at Ke’e Beach.

Over: Ke’e Beach.

Over: The course to the much side of Ke’e begins to the left of the lifeguard terminal.

Over: The route is simply over the rough coast.

Committee Proposes Controversial Master Plan for Ke’e Beach Area


A 32-member board has actually crafted a debatable “plan of attack” for the Ke’e Beach location and also entrance to the Kalalau Trail that would certainly bill costs as well as limit accessibility to the location. The strategy, if carried out, would certainly limit the variety of site visitors to the location to 900 each day, concerning half the approximated variety of 2,000 that presently see everyday (though some state the price quote of 2,000 gets on the greater end). Informing site visitors regarding the location’s distinct sources as well as social value, as well as not leisure, appear to be the emphasis of the strategy. Kauai Surf Co. protests this shocking proposition.

Ke’e Beach is the enchanting and also picturesque coastline at the end of the roadway and also is the entrance to the Na Pali Coast and also the Kalalau Trail, among the globe’s biggest and also most picturesque walks. Individuals from throughout the globe go to the location for leisure tasks such as walking, snorkeling as well as hanging out at the coastline.

As it stands currently, Ke’e Beach’s primary issue is car park. There is some vehicle parking near the coastline as well as a dust parking area within strolling range. The dust parking area is typically sloppy as well as is filled with splits and also an uneven surface area. Little autos usually have a tough time in the parking area as well as will certainly in some cases obtain stuck in the mud. Individuals that park on the side of the roadway are typically ticketed.

Nevertheless, the plan of attack suggest of a deluge of site visitors that deteriorate the location and also do not appreciate the location’s social heritage. They require to be enlightened, the strategy worries.

The near-term strategy consists of a welcome structure where the major entrance to the park can be handled before the building of an instructional and also social facility. An instructional “expository” course (an increased sidewalk) would certainly funnel site visitors from the structure to the coastline, a function warranted in the strategy as a result of the possibility for dropping rocks. A smooth car park is prepared that can fit 100 autos, however there is phrasing in the strategy to minimize that number also better to motivate using a shuttle bus or transportation system. As soon as the freeway is shut to website traffic, an automobile turn-around will certainly be given at the access in addition to gated accessibility to the parking area.

The long-lasting strategy consists of a 2,000 s.f. education and learning as well as proving ground “imagined as the primary meeting place for all that check out the park.” The strategy advises that all site visitors participate in an instructional session upon going into the park. Right here’s a passage that reveals the tone of the record:

It is advised that all site visitors go to an academic session upon going into the park comparable to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on O’ahu. The sessions would certainly be held at the Welcome Pavilion in the close to term and also at the ECC as soon as developed. These sessions would certainly give a quick review of the park’s considerable yet delicate all-natural and also social sources and also advise site visitors of the ideal tasks as well as actions permitted at the park. General security issues such as sea safety and security as well as rockfall threats can likewise be consisted of in addition to present-day sea and also climate condition as well as guidelines on what to do when it comes to an emergency situation. Added information on the positioning sessions is offered in the complying with administration areas. As soon as site visitors go to the positioning session, they will certainly have the ability to go into the park straight through the Interpretive Path.

While Kauai Surf Co. invites initiatives that maintain the all-natural qualities of Kauai, this proposition is absolutely disproportionate to the main troubles of vehicle parking as well as website traffic. The proposition, most likely affected by homeowner near Ke’e Beach, would certainly impede accessibility to the leisure coastline for both Kauai homeowners as well as vacationers alike. Ke’e coastline is delighted in by both celebrations for its entertainment qualities, not academic chances. And also we challenge the concept the coastline is jammed. We go to the coastline consistently as well as although it is a prominent coastline there is constantly lots of space for every person. Furthermore we are worried that neighborhood homeowner would certainly buy licenses to better minimize the variety of individuals at the coastline, as well as likewise worried that resorts and also various other traveling companies would certainly acquire authorizations wholesale for their visitors that would inevitably never ever be made use of. Yet most notably the proposition would certainly prevent accessibility to what must constantly be a public coastline for the citizens and also vacationers of Kauai. And also the charge is a disrespect, specifically to the numerous regional homeowners that check out Ke’e often.

Over: Ke’e Beach as seen on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 in the mid-day. The picture reveals a regular quantity of individuals that go to the coastline. The coastline is not chock-full as declared in the proposition.

The major issue for Ke’e Beach, as kept in mind over, is the car park. Regional homeowner are possibly worried that even more or boosted vehicle parking will certainly cause much more individuals seeing the coastline. Nevertheless, our team believe that individuals on the island are seeing Ke’e Beach despite the auto parking circumstance. There are just numerous individuals on the separated island of Kauai at any kind of once. Kauai Surf Co. thinks the car parking circumstance can be boosted by broadening auto parking near the coastline and also by giving a “enjoyable bus” shuttle bus from the community of Hanalei. The bus might bill a little charge and also the community of Hanalei would certainly see boosted foot web traffic to its stores and also dining establishments as guests would certainly leave as well as get here. On the problem of congestion at Ke’e and also on the whole island of Kauai, our team believe the traveling market of the island must interact to locate a lasting equilibrium in between the variety of trips, resort spaces and also rental cars and trucks.

See the plan of attack at https://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/EA_and_EIS_Online_Library/Kauai/2010s/2015-07-23-KA-5B-DEIS-Haena-State-Park_Master-Plan.pdf (The big documents takes some time to lots. The plan of attack synopsis starts on web page 741.).

Haena Beach

Haena Beach is among the crown gems of Kauai, with renowned Mount Makana (Bali Hai) as a background. White sands, black rocks, eco-friendly exotic woodlands as well as blue-green waters create an extraordinary setup.

Passages Beach

Stunning Tunnels Beach (likewise referred to as Makua Beach) is world-renowned for snorkeling. The coastline includes a safety internal coral reef best for novices as well as youngsters as well as a complicated external coral reef for advanced snorkelers.

Lumahai Beach


Lumahai Beach near Hanalei is considered as among one of the most gorgeous coastlines in all of Kauai. The large, white sandy coastline is virtually a mile long as well as approximately 300 feet large with lots of space for everybody. Yet solid waves that damage near the coast make this coastline finest taken pleasure in on the sand.

Lumahai Beach near Hanalei is considered as among one of the most lovely coastlines in all of Kauai. The vast, white sandy coastline is practically a mile long as well as approximately 300 feet vast with a lot of area for every person. Bountiful trees give an attractive environment-friendly background, along with color.

Lumahai Beach is additionally among Kauai’s the majority of hazardous coastlines as well as severe care ought to be utilized by site visitors. You will certainly intend to remain on the coastline as well as far from the water at Lumahai. The coastline inclines suddenly right into the water, triggering waves to damage near the coast and also developing an effective undertow. The Lumahai River streams right into the coastline at one end and also some individuals assume this is a secure location to swim. While sometimes this location is risk-free, at various other times there is an effective split existing at the mouth of the river that can swiftly move you much offshore. A number of individuals have actually sunk near the mouth of the river as well as the whole coastline has actually asserted lots of lives, triggering some citizens to call the coastline Luma-die.

The coastline is a fantastic location to hang around, yet if you intend to enter the water head over to neighbor Hanalei Beach which is safeguarded by a bay and also does not have the sudden dropoff. Lumahai Beach is about 2 miles past the community of Hanalei. Park on the side of the roadway and also take a brief walk with the trees and also to the coastline.

Area at Google Maps

Waioli Beach

Waioli Beach Park is an unique area of the Hanalei Bay coastline recognized for its Ironwood trees, environment-friendly turf and also browse society. Likewise referred to as Pine Trees Beach, this is where Andy Irons as well as his bro discovered to browse, and also the coastline remains to draw in the neighborhood web surfer group.

Hanalei Bay Beach


Hanalei Bay Beach is the focal point of Kauai’s North Shore. Found in Hanalei Bay at the community of Hanalei, the carefully bending, two-mile lengthy coastline includes a vast sandy coastline, a sandy sea base as well as the Hanalei Pier. Exotic hills, usually streaming with falls, work as the background.

The stunning Hanalei Bay Overlook (or Hanalei Bay Lookout) is among one of the most photographed areas on Kauai’s North Shore. It’s additionally among one of the most magnificent scenes on the planet, in our point of view. The amazing sight from the forget incorporates the whole Hanalei location, consisting of the community, river, bay, hills and also taro areas. For the most brilliant as well as extreme experience, check out the ignore at daybreak or sundown when the sunlight casts a gold spell on the Hanalei Valley. The area is a preferred area for both amateur as well as specialist digital photographers, as well as those desiring to take team pictures or selfies.

The ignore is situated on a turn as you drop capital from Princeville to Hanalei (in the direction of the Hanalei Bridge). The parking lot can just be accessed by those taking a trip in the direction of Hanalei. A website traffic obstacle stops cars and trucks originating from Hanalei from going across to the parking lot. This location has the possible to be unsafe with automobiles occurring the turn. Care is advised when seeing or driving past this website.

Area at Google Maps

Over: There is a little location on the roadside contour that can fit roughly 5 parked cars and trucks.

Hanalei Town Kauai


Hanalei community on Kauai’s North Shore is whatever you would certainly anticipate to locate in Hawaii. It’s an internet user community practically at the end of the roadway with a few of one of the most gorgeous surroundings in all of Hawaii as well as possibly the globe. The community exists as a result of fifty percent moon-shaped Hanalei Bay with its virtually 2 miles of sandy coastlines as well as impressive hills as a background. Hanalei is a location where web surfers, musicians, the abundant and also renowned, as well as the confidential go to obtain far from everything. Life is laid back in Hanalei, there’s nary a concern worldwide in this community.

You’ll originally get in Hanalei southern, over a one-lane bridge where you might need to wait a min or more to permit cars and trucks to pass from the contrary instructions. The bridge, however, takes you to an area where no matter if you need to wait a min or more or 3. You’re in heaven currently and also it’s time to unwind and also forget both, 4 as well as 6 lane roadways as well as bridges where you came.

After the bridge, you’ll drive regarding a half-mile together with the Hanalei River prior to going into the community where there’s not a structure more than the hand trees. There are no skyscraper resorts in this community! (There are a couple of little hotel/motels in Hanalei itself and also a couple of costly exclusive houses for lease near the coastline. Yet a lot of vacationers that remain in the location keep up capital in Princeville.)

If you simply wish to lay on the coastline and also check out a publication there’s a lot of coastline for that. However the Hanalei location supplies a lot more than the regular resort resorts located in other places where individuals do bit greater than lay on the coastline. The Hanalei location is nature at it’s finest, as well as there are a variety of chances to capitalize on this feature. Treking, outdoor camping, biking, strolling, running, snorkeling, searching, bodyboarding, paddlesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking, horseback riding, playing golf, tennis, angling as well as zip-lining are simply a few of the tasks discovered in the Hanalei location.

You’ll develop a large hunger taken part in every one of these tasks, yet not to stress, Hanalei has a host of dining establishments to fulfill your appetite requires. There’s pizza, hamburgers, fish and shellfish and also a lot more to be discovered in Hanalei. Consume as well as take pleasure in due to the fact that you’ll shed the calories quickly sufficient seeing and also doing every little thing Hanalei needs to supply.

Hanalei has a lot of stores also, from memento tee shirt stores to modern art galleries. The Ching Young Village shopping mall remains in the heart of Hanalei and also consists of a variety of touristy-type stores where you might have the ability to discover greater than simply the made in China ornament. Throughout from the Ching Young Village is the old Hanalei institution structure which contains extra stores as well as dining establishments.

At the end of the day, head over to the historical Hanalei Pier at stunning Hanalei Bay, as well as absorb among one of the most stunning and also tranquil sundowns you’ll ever before see.

Area at Google Maps

Above: The Old Hanalei School Building has actually been transformed to house retail as well as eating.

Over and also listed below: The Ching Young Village Shopping Center remains in the heart of Hanalei.

Over: Hanalei Beach

Over: The Hanalei Pier

Over: Entering Hanalei at sunset.

Chicken in a Barrel Hanalei


If you’re seeking an excellent, antique BBQ joint with hen, babyback ribs, beef as well as pork with all the fixin’s consisting of cole slaw, chili-cheese french fries, as well as salad, look no more than Chicken in a Barrel at the Ching Young Village in Hanalei. It’s not an expensive joint, yet you’ll seem like you’re down residence with their southern-style food preparation. Several of the very best food in Kauai is offered at not-so-fancy areas, which’s absolutely real for this area. Hen in a Barrel likewise offers morning meal, consisting of buttermilk pancakes, eggs as well as morning meal burritos. (There’s likewise a Chicken in a Barrel in Kapaa.).

Hen in a Barrel 5190 Kuhio Hwy,. Hanalei, HEY.

Phone: 808.823.0780.

Place at Google Maps. Site: www.chickeninabarrel.com.

Black Pot Beach Park

Situated in between the Hanalei Pier and also the mouth of the Hanalei River, this enchanting area is a prime focus for the Hanalei coastline neighborhood, and also plays host to web surfers, kayakers, stand paddle boarders, picnickers, campers as well as various other beach-going fanatics.

Vehicle Access to Black Pot Beach Prohibited Until Further Notice


ABOVE: Vehicles at Black Pot Beach on September 9th, 2017.

The County of Kauai reports the Department of Parks as well as Recreation has actually introduced that lorry accessibility to the coastline at Hanalei’s Black Pot Beach, in between the Hanalei River mouth as well as the Hanalei Pier, will certainly be restricted since Friday, September 15th, 2017 as a result of coastline disintegration.

“We have actually been checking this location for the previous couple of days as well as the disintegration has actually involved a factor where it threatens for cars to try to accessibility this location,” claimed DOPR Director Lenny Rapozo. “Vehicular accessibility to this location will certainly be obstructed up until additional notification as a safety and security preventative measure.” Authorities additionally report the disintegration has actually started to subject the origins of the Ironwood trees along the coastline which teams will certainly cut those trees to reduce security issues.

The coastline auto parking was a favored leisure activity for citizens that would certainly hang out at the coastline with their vehicles and also equipment. Black Pot Beach Park currently had a car park lack issue, specifically at nights when citizens as well as travelers alike gathered to the pier to see the sundown. The brand-new restriction, though obviously required, will certainly place a kink right into the auto parking scenario.

Over: Visitors to Black Pot Beach Park enjoy the sundown on September 9th, 2017.

Puu Poa Beach

Puu Poa Beach is a tiny yet stunning coastline that beings in front of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and also is likewise available to the Hanalei Bay Resort (HBR) using a smooth course. With Bali Hai distant as well as incredible hills behind, this attractive coastline is just one of one of the most beautiful worldwide.

Puu Poa Beach as Seen From The St. Regis Princeville Resort


An image of Puu Poa Beach as seen from the St. Regis Princeville Resort.

Hideaways Beach

Hideaways Beach is a remote coastline concealed behind the St. Regis Princeville Resort as well as put under a 200-foot bluff listed below the Puu Poa Condos and also Pali Ke Kua Condos. The coastline has a wonderful coral reef with a complete variety of sea life.

Anini Beach

Anini Beach is a tranquil, semi-secluded coastline on the North Shore of Kauai that uses sunlight, swimming, snorkeling as well as windsurfing. Without any resorts at the coastline, as well as a restricted variety of getaway rental homes, there’s sufficient coastline for every person.

Kalihiwai Beach

Kalihiwai Beach is normally much less popular than its next-door neighbor Anini Beach, however the coastline is (in our point of view) much more gorgeous than Anini. The lengthy, crescent-shaped coastline beings in a bay mounted by lava high cliffs. In in between the high cliffs there is lots of sand, and also behind the coastline there is lots of color from the Ironwood trees.

Secret Beach

Secret Beach (formally Kauapea Beach) is a concealed prize on the north coast of Kauai recognized for its privacy, big area (3,000 feet long and also 75 feet broad) and also sights of the Kilauea Point Lighthouse.

Kahili Beach (Rock Quarry Beach)

This stunning crescent formed coastline has lots of waves, a lot of sand, a lot of sunlight, and also lots of color. On one end of the coastline are the remains of the rock quarry. On the various other end, past a rough protrusion, is a remote section of coastline that is right stuff of exotic desires.

Larsen’s Beach

Larsen’s Beach (additionally referred to as Ka’aka’ aniu Beach) is a remote stretch of primitive coastline on Kauai’s northeastern coast. The coastline is a preferred for those seeking their very own exclusive stretch of sand. Larsen’s has a track record for being a garments optional coastline, which holds true. However there is wild animals to be seen below too.

Moloa’a Beach

Though the North Shore as well as Poipu coastlines obtain the majority of the interest on Kauai, there’s a treasure of a coastline at Moloa’a Bay that greater than a couple of individuals declare is their preferred coastline on the whole island. The remote coastline beings in stunning Moloa’a Bay amidst blue-green waters mounted by deep eco-friendlies. This is a citizens coastline where family members will certainly commonly collect on weekend breaks in the shaded locations to the left.

East Shore Beaches

Kauai’s eastern coast coastlines, near the island’s populace facilities of Kapaa and also Lihue, have excellent waves, excellent sunlight as well as are prominent with citizens and also their family members.

Anahola Beach

Anahola Beach is a residents coastline on the eastern coast of Kauai that is particularly prominent with family members. The large coastline has something for everybody, consisting of searching (on the north end), bodyboarding, swimming, snorkeling, angling as well as picnicking. It is an excellent location to kick back, with lots of color readily available as well as sights of the Kalalea Mountains as a background.

Donkey Beach

Donkey Beach is a semi-secluded coastline on the Kapaa Bike Path (concerning 1.5 miles from Kealia Beach) that supplies tranquility, serenity and also leisure. Old timers might remember this coastline as garments optional, yet with the enhancement of the bike course, regulations are a lot more purely implemented. There is likewise a course to the coastline from the Kuhio Highway.

Kealia Beach

Kealia Beach, simply north of the community of Kapaa, is specifically preferred with residents where you will certainly locate them hanging around, , as well as viewing the waves. With solid, constant waves that damage at almost the ideal range from the coast for leisure searching, the coastline is among the most effective position on Kauai to browse, bodyboard as well as skimboard.

Child Beach

Easily situated in Kapa’a, Baby Beach (also known as Fuji Beach) is a preferred location for residents as an area to relax and also loosen up, for households as well as their youngsters for an area to play, for angler to appreciate coastline angling, for early birds to see the daybreak and also for bicycle riders as well as pedestrians on the surrounding Kapa’a Bike Path.

Wailua Beach

Wailua Beach, at Wailua River State Park, rests at the mouth of the Wailua River in the darkness of the Highway 56 bridge. The coastline is preferred with regional internet users, body boarders and also kite boarders.

Lydgate Beach

Lydgate State Park is a prominent family-friendly/kid-friendly coastline near the communities of Kapaa and also Lihue that includes 2 encased shallows and also a huge playground/park. The tranquil waters of the shallows, together with the exotic fish, make this the ideal area for newbie snorkelers as well as swimmers.

Kalapaki Beach

Kalapaki Beach is a soothing coastline in Lihue, Kauai that is house to the substantial Kauai Marriott Resort. Situated in Nawiliwili Bay, the coastline is protected from the open sea. Guiding hand trees, mild waves, tranquil winds as well as eco-friendly yard create the excellent area to sunlight, swim, review a publication as well as unwind.

Beachrail Kauai


Kauai is everything about browsing, outdoors, nature and also exotic benefits, so you might be greater than a little stunned when you come across the Beachrail Kauai leisure activity as well as antiques shop at the Harbor Mall in Lihue. The unanticipated store is jam-packed loaded with antiques, playthings, trains, plastic design sets, diecast cars, sci-fi and also dream things, motion picture souvenirs as well as a lot more. Have a look at the pictures listed below to see just how much things this location really has. Virtually as much of a gallery of your childhood years as it is a shop, you will certainly seem like a child in a sweet-shop.

Beachrail Kauai is easily situated for travelers of cruise liner anchored at the incurable in Nawiliwili Harbor and also for those remaining nearby at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The store remains in the very first flooring of the Harbor Mall listed below Mariachi’s dining establishment as well as nearby from the Kalapaki Beach location. Closed Sunday as well as Monday.

Beachrail Kauai 3501 Rice St # 1002. Lihue, Hey There 96766. ( 808) 651-6165.

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South Shore Beaches

It’s (virtually) constantly bright in southerly Kauai! Rainfall is what makes the Garden Island environment-friendly, however there’s much less of it on Kauai’s South Shore. If you’re a sunlight and also coastline adorer, you’ll intend to hug among these coastlines. If you’re on the North Shore and also it’s drizzling or gloomy, head to Poipu or regarding Polihale Beach and also you possibly will not be dissatisfied.

Haula Beach

A tiny separated coastline on Kauai’s much, south-eastern coast, Haula Beach seems like one more globe with lithified high cliffs, a wide-open bright stretch, collapsing waves, and also an extremely blue sea mounted by Kawelikoa Point.

Mahaulepu Beach

Remote and also ideal, Mahaulepu Beach on Kauai’s southeast coastline is a sanctuary for regional households, anglers and also walkers travelling through on the Mahaulepu Trail. There’s lots of color at Mahaulepu Beach, ideal for establishing a base camp for a day of coastline tasks.

Gillin’s Beach

Gillin’s Beach is an area of Kauai’s Mahaulepu Beach. The gorgeous coastline has a bit of gold sand established versus a close background of plant and also color. A solitary coastline residence, the Gillin Beach House, is readily available for rental fee on the coastline.

Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach is a prominent coastline on Kauai’s warm south coast in Poipu. The coastline is best understood for its legendary high cliff at the end of the coastline where site visitors can notoriously delve into the sea, as Harrison Ford as well as Anne Heche carried out in the motion picture “Six Days as well as Seven Nights.”

Poipu Beach

Constantly rated as one of the very best coastlines in America, Poipu Beach is a favored location for sunlight adorers, family members as well as pairs looking for the excellent coastline, excellent climate as well as ideal sundowns. Found on Kauai’s southerly coast at the hotel community of Poipu, the coastline has something for every person.

Glass Beach

Glass Beach is a little as well as intriguing black sand coastline beside Port Allen, Kauai that is understood for down payments of manufactured sea glass. Today, just little pieces of glass continue to be at the coastline, the outcome of years of glass accumulating by both neighborhood homeowners and also visitors for keepsakes.

Salt Pond Beach


Salt Pond Beach is a soothing coastline near Hanapepe that is a fave of regional households. The coastline is evocative Poipu Beach, yet without the structures as well as groups. Like Poipu Beach, Salt Pond Beach obtains lots of sunlight as well as it can obtain rather warm below.

Salt Pond Beach is a peaceful coastline near Hanapepe that is a fave of neighborhood family members. The coastline is evocative Poipu Beach, yet without the structures as well as groups. Like Poipu Beach, Salt Pond Beach obtains lots of sunlight and also it can obtain fairly warm right here.

Salt Pond Beach lies in between 2 rough factors, and also an outdoors coral reef produces a shallows safeguarded from high browse that is best for households as well as youngsters. Snorkeling as well as swimming in the shallows rate tasks at Salt Pond Beach. Sights from the coastline can be specifically stunning at sundown, however the coastline does not have a significant background that a few of the various other Kauai coastlines have. The tiny Port Allen Airport lies past the eastern end of the coastline as well as airplane from Skydive Kauai can often be seen from the coastline removing from the airport terminal.

The coastline is called after the salt fish ponds that adjoin the coastline. In a technique that has actually been passed on over generations, sea salt is drawn out from the fish pond for usage by regional family members for food preparation, true blessings, pickling and also as a bleach. Red clay from the hills of Waimea is usually combined in to offer coloring as well as to strengthen the salt with iron.

Lifeguards (9AM to 5PM daily), cool showers, washrooms, structures, outing tables and also outdoor camping (authorization needed) include in the beauty of the coastline as a location for households as well as campers looking for a relaxing location in the sunlight as well as sand.

The Salt Pond Park camping area is shut every Tuesday at 10AM for upkeep as well as resumes at midday each Wednesday.

Instructions: Salt Pond Beach lies 18 miles from Lihue. Take Highway 50 in the direction of Hanapepe. At the end of Hanapepe Town, turn left onto Lele Road. Proceed for a quarter mile going by the salt fish pond beds.

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Waimea Beach

With much less visitor accommodations on this southwestern side of the island, Waimea Beach is even more of a citizens coastline, where you will certainly locate the citizens swimming, angling and also simply hanging around. For citizens and also travelers alike, the coastline is a wonderful area for beachcombing as well as a sundown walk.

Kekaha Beach

Harsh waters, yet long sandy coastlines, a lot of sunlight, lovely sundowns as well as sights of the “Forbidden Island” of Niihau make Kekaha Beach a prominent coastline amongst residents beyond of Kauai.

Polihale Beach

Picture virtually 10 miles of stunning, immaculate, separated, wild Kauai coastline right nearby from the Na Pali Coast! Think of that it is sandy white and also extends further than the eye can see. As well as visualize that it is so vast that it has its very own dune. Such a coastline exists, and also it’s called Polihale!

Vlogger Maddie Lymburner Goes to Polihale Beach

Vlogger Maddie Lymburner and also her sweetheart Kyle are back with a brand-new video clip concerning their bike journey to Polihale Beach, Kauai.

Kauai’s Deadliest Beaches you should avoid


Kauai is an unbelievably lovely island developed as well as formed by effective pressures. Yet this island heaven can additionally be unbelievably hazardous if you’re not cautious. Several of the very same effective pressures that formed the island are still at play. Effective waves, hole currents and also various other coastline and also sea risks remain to eliminate various individuals on the island annually. Some Kauai coastlines are infamous for taking lives, such as Hanakapiai Beach which has a notorious indicator at its entry with the supposed variety of individuals eliminated (image over). While no person truly recognizes if those numbers are precisely right, Geoscientist Chuck Blay has actually assembled a listing of Kauai’s most dangerous coastlines from 1970 to 2012. His searchings for are cooling. There were 316 drownings throughout that time duration, and also basically no coastline was saved a death. While Hanakapiai was undoubtedly near the first, along with Lumahai (which is likewise recognized in your area as Lumadie), it was the prominent Poipu location that had one of the most drownings. Queen’s Bath, likewise a well-known risk area, was further down the checklist however we think it is still among the island’s leading areas for injuries.

In general, the North Coast had one of the most drownings (148) adhered to by the East Coast (98) as well as South Coast (70 ).

List of Kauai’s Beaches you should avoid

1. Poipu Area (41 ) 2. Hanakapiai (29 ) 3. Wailua/Lydgate (24 ) 4. Lumahai (23 ) 5. Kapaa/Waioli (19 ) 6. Polihale (17 ) 7. Haena (16 ) 7. Kealia (16 ) 8. Kalapaki/Nawiliwili (11 ) 8. Anini (11 ) 8. Larsen’s (11 ) 9. Anahola (7 ) 9. Kalalau/Honopu (7 ) 9. Queen’s Bath (7 )

Above: Popular Poipu coastlines are the island’s most dangerous. Effective hole currents, particularly near Nukumoi Point (the sandbar at Poipu Beach), are occasionally existing at Poipu coastlines and also have actually drawn also the very best swimmers out. One more aspect we have actually seen is that some casualties have actually been the outcome of older individuals with clinical problems that had a clinical emergency situation throughout a swim (such as a cardiovascular disease or stroke triggered by physical effort). Constantly swim with a minimum of another individual, specifically if you have a clinical problem that might create a problem throughout a getaway in the water.

Over: The mouth of the Lumahai River at Lumahai Beach has actually been the website of a number of drownings, consisting of the well-publicized drowning of ABC News medical professional Jamie Zimmerman.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Kauai Surf Report is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new sports with everything surfing at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2019 to help loyal readers with surfing and water sporting tips.