Life’s a Beach
With warm crystal clear azure waters and breathtaking vistas, the beaches on Kaua‘i are simply
unmatched with any other destination in the world. Whether you seek seclusion on a hidden beach
fit for romantic movie scenes or desire quality playtime with the family at a safe swimming beach
equipped with a lifeguard, there are 50 miles of silky white sand beaches on the coastline of Kaua‘i.
Since the beach options are almost endless, we’ve narrowed down the list to our top picks.
Ô ANINI BEACH PARK
This beautiful white sand beach has one of the largest coral reefs in HawaiÔ i and
has some of the best snorkeling in KauaÔi for all levels. Swimming is among
the safest on the North Shore and a good place to learn how to windsurf. You
can see magnificent sunsets from here. Grills, camping, restrooms and showers
are available. No lifeguards. Located off KŸhi š Hwy. Turn west on the second
Kalihiwai Rd between the 25 and 26 mile markers. Take Ô Anini Road to beach.
One of the most majestic places on earth is also a great place to learn to surf,
frolic in the water, jump off the pier or just enjoy the incredible scenery. The
sunsets are spectacular and the moonlight over Hanalei Bay is magical. There
are four beach parks included in the two-mile sandy crescent shaped bay and
all have lifeguards on duty except Waikoko Beach. Black Pot Park is located
next to the Hanalei River mouth with tropical foliage along the riverÕ s edge and
is a local gathering place with a variety of water activities. The Hanalei Pavilion
Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics. The water is generally calmer near
the pier. WaiÔoli Beach Park is near the center of the bay set in an ironwood
grove. Waikoko Beach is located on the westernmost section and is protected
by Waikoko Reef so it’s popular with snorkelers and families. Picnic area, tables,
pavilions, grills, showers and restrooms are available. Located off Kühiö Hwy in
Hanalei. Access beaches off Aku Rd or Weke Rd.
KAUPEA Ò SECRETÓ BEACH
This exquisite, long and wide sandy beach with great views of Lighthouse Point
is stunning. Swimming and snorkeling can be good when the ocean is calm.
Swimming can be hazardous so observe the ocean before entering. Look for the
small waterfall flowing over the side of the cliff. You can see Moku‘ae‘ae Island,
which is a bird sanctuary. Located off KŸhi š Hwy on the same turnoff as Kalihiwai
beach. Take a right onto the first dirt road, drive to the end of the road and park.
The hike down takes about 10-15 minutes.
Kè Ô è BEACH
The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies were filmed at this exquisite and very popular
beach. With views of the Näpali Coast, it is great for snorkeling and swimming
in the protected lagoon in calm conditions. Snorkelers and scuba divers can
expect to see teems of tropical fish and honu (green sea turtles) on calm, clear
days. Stay inside the reef for calmer waters. Beware of strong currents and
dangerous waves breaking on rocks and ledges. The currents are deceptively
strong even on days when the water looks calm so itÕs best to stay in the reef-protected lagoon. The beach gets crowded with hikers and beachgoers, so get
there early for a parking space. You may want to stay for the magnificent Näpali
sunsets from the point. The trailhead for Kalalau Trail begins here. Bathrooms
and showers are available. Located at the end of the road on Hwy 56.
One of the most stunning and most photographed beaches in Kaua‘i, it was
made famous as the location for the movie South Pacific. This large and wide,
beautiful golden sand beach is popular with a background of verdant foliage
cliffs. Swimming is not recommended here since there is no protective reef
barrier to guard you against the tumultuous sea. Dangers include powerful
waves sweeping up unsuspecting beachgoers off the rocks into the sea, strong
undertow and dangerous shorebreaks. ItÕ s a great beach to sunbathe and take
in the incredible scenery. Access to the western part of the beach is located off
Hwy 560 at Wainiha near mile marker 5. The eastern part of the beach separated
by a lava rock of Lumaha‘i is Kahalahala Beach. In calm conditions (summer),
this beach can be a picturesque beach to swim in crystal clear warm water and
explore the tidepools. No facilities or lifeguards. Park in the dirt parking lot. To
access, hike down a steep jungle trail from the top of the lookout.