Awesome Beaches on Kauai

** Please note that all north shore beach past Hanalei (Ke'e, Tunnels, Lumahai, Haena) are closed until June 2019 due to highway damage suffered during last April's adverse weather event. **


Kauai is a dream come true for beach lovers!  You'll find more than 50 miles of gorgeous beaches to enjoy.  Whether your idea of a great day at the beach includes surfing, snorkeling ,beach combing, or just lounging on the warm sand, you'll find the perfect beach for your pleasure.  A general overview of some of our more popular beaches is belowe. For more comprehensive information, you’ll enjoy visiting the Kauai Explorer website.


Please keep in mind that the ocean is much more than beautiful - it is a powerful force of nature.  Always treat the ocean with respect and caution.  Water safety is a priority.  We absolutely never want one of our guests to become a drowning statistic!  Pay attention to warning signs, and check the ocean conditions report before heading to the beach.  


We highly recommend swimming only at beaches where lifeguards are present.  Below is the list of lifeguarded beaches on Kauai.  Clicking the link will take you to that particular beach's page on "Hawaii Beach Safety" with current water conditions.


Anini Beach, north shore Kauai


Secret (Kauapea) Beach: It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Kauai.  Take the first Kalihiwai Road, and then after the road veers to the left, take the first dirt road to the right. Follow the dirt road to the parking area. The trail starts out easy, but has a steep portion.  Don’t pack a lot of gear. This beach holds some exquisite beauty. Since it is a popular nudist beach, be careful where you point your camera! Don't leave anything valuable in your car at this trail head.

Anini Beach Park: Take the second Kalihiwai Road (past the bridge) follow along until you turn left on Anini Road. This beach has picnic shelters, bathrooms and extremely safe swimming. Take the snorkels along. There are colorful fish and coral. You can rent a windsurfing rig there, too! 

Sealodge Beach:   At Princeville's Sealodge Building A, there is a trail going to this secluded little cove. The trail follows the river to a waterfall and then down to the beach.  Wear shoes for the trail, and be sure to put on insect repellent.   It’s about a 10 minute hike.

Hideaways (Pali Ke Kua) Beach:  Just before the St. Regis Princeville Hotel gatehouse, there is a public parking lot, with a walkway alongside the tennis court that takes you to the steep stairs and tricky trail leading to Hideaways. Small children (and some adults) may be a bit scared to use the steps going down. But once there you'll usually find safe swimming. There are two beaches, the second is off to the right accessed by a private path. Snorkeling is popular in this gorgeous spot.

Pu'u Poa Beach:  Parking is the same as above. Located directly below the St. Regis Princeville Hotel, this beach is accessed by a cement trail and 192 easy stairs leading from the left of the gatehouse. A beautiful view of Hanalei Bay can be seen from a walk to the left. You can walk all the way to the mouth of the River.


Black Pot, Hanalei Pavilion and Waioli Beach Parks:  In Hanalei, turn on Aku Road, then on to Weke Road. Turning right will take you to the Pavilion and then on to Black Pot (the one with the pier - a good place to eat lunch or have a romantic moonlight picnic dinner!) Turning left on Weke Road will take you to Waioli Beach. (Surfers call it Pine Trees) You can get back onto the Highway from any of the roads. Hanalei Beach is a MUST SEE, a two-mile-long half moon bay with amazing white sand and beautiful mountains.  It also has an amazing ocean playground.  It is perfect for surfers!  You can also swim, bodyboard, go sailing, and paddling.  Lifeguarded.

Lumahai Beach:  The beach is not marked, but is located between the 4 and 5-mile markers.  You will likely see cars parked along the road where there is a trail taking you to the most photographed beach in the islands.  Don't go swimming, the undertow is deadly.

Tunnels (Makua) Beach:  There are Rights of Way to the beach at Haena Point (after the 8-mile marker - before you get to Haena State Park) The first Right of Way (East) and second Right of Way (West) have limited parking spaces. You can also park at Haena Beach Park and walk down to Tunnels. Good for snorkeling, and generally swimmable year-round.  Lifeguarded.

Ha'ena Beach Park: This park is located directly across from the Maniniholo Dry Cave. Lots of parking and a restroom. Cannons, a popular surfing spot is located off to the left. Parking on the Cannon’s end makes a short walk to an uncrowded beach with a view.

Ha'ena State Park (Ke'e Beach):  This is the crowded park at the end of the road. You'll see cars parked everywhere up here. This park has a safe swimming area, a walk to a hula heiau and also is the trailhead for the Kalalau trail. If you go on a hike here (like to Hanakapiai) don't leave any valuables in your car. Lifeguarded.

Wailua Beach, east shore Kauai


Lydgate Beach Park:  Calm conditions and manmade ponds allow swimming on almost any day.  There is also a large grassy area perfect for kite flying, a playground for the kids, covered tables for family picnics, and even bike paths.  Lifeguarded.

Kalapaki Beach:  A natural harbor makes it great for swimming, sailing, and surfing (for a variety of levels).  It is a beach for the entire family.  The stretch of sand is perfect for sandcastles, volleyball, and sunbathing.  There is also beachfront dining, shops, shave ice and more, all within walking distance.   No lifeguards.

Kealia Beach:  A half-mile stretch of golden coast, its long sand-bar bottom provides a nice surf break. Swim or boogie board near the north end, where a breakwater creates a protected area. Facilities and lifeguards are available.

Wailua Beach:  Great for a morning or evening stroll. If you can cross the river, you can walk over the rocks to Lydgate and view the petroglyphs and continue your walk all the way to the Hilton. Safety varies at Wailua from day to day and season to season.

Wailua River Park:  At Coco Palms, turn up Kuamoo Rd and immediately into the parking area for the River Park on your left. Swimming, boating water, skiing, kayak rentals, etc.  

Nawiliwili Beach Park:  This park is just past the Marriott and adjoins Kalapaki Beach. You can park at the Park and go to either one. There is a large grassy area for playing or you can walk to browse the Anchor Cove shops or stroll through the Marriott.

South shore Kauai


Poipu Beach Park:  A narrow sand strip creates two different beach environments: On one side, monk seals nap. On the other, beginning body boarders and children enjoy the small waves that break gently on the shallow sandbar. Snorkeling in Poipu reveals a variety of colorful fish including the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa.  If you just want to relax, pack a picnic and spend the day with the family.  The park has restrooms, showers and picnic tables, and lifeguards protect the beach (a Monk Seal Watch team protects the seals).

Baby Beach:  Small, secluded and great for families with young children. The water is shallow, protected, and calm.  The beauty of this little  strip of beach is that it’s usually less crowded than nearby Poipu Beach Park and the gentle waters are perfect for babies, hence the name. It is not uncommon to view sea turtles and monk seals, but remember to keep your distance as these animals are protected.  No lifeguards.

Brennecke’s Beach:  Adjacent to Poipu Beach Park, this is a very popular boogie boarding and body surfing spot.  The small strip of sand is a good spot to watch the waves and occasional rider crash on the shore. This beach is only for boogie boarding or body surfing.  No lifeguards.

Beach House:  On Lawai Road.  Great for snorkeling

Salt Pond Beach Park:  This park is in Hanapepe, down Lele Rd. follow the signs. The swimming is good and is very popular on weekends with local families of this area.