Top East Shore Beaches

The East Shore beaches are some of the most accessible beaches on the island. In particular, Kapaa, Wailua and Waipouli are the most popular. 

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.