Top North Shore Kauai Beaches

Guide to Visiting Kauai's North Shore Beaches

From the popular Tunnels Beach snorkeling to the world-famous Hanalei Bay beaches, the North Shore offers Kauai’s most iconic beaches. 

Kauapea Beach

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.