This is one of the best snorkeling beaches due to the
wide-fringing reef with a huge variety of fish swimming
around in the shallow inner and outer reefs. The
exceptional beach is surrounded by gently sloping sand
and is well protected with incredible mountain scenery
popular with swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and
beachcombers. The best snorkeling is in the center by
the crescent shaped reef. Scuba divers can explore the
underwater caverns near the shore. Beware of sharp
reefs, rip currents and dangerous water conditions. No
facilities at this beach but the facilities at HŠÔ ena State
Park are nearby. Lifeguard on duty. Take one of two
dirt roads off Hwy 56 north of Hanalei near the 8-mile
KUMUKUMU BEACH (DONKEY)
A fantastic long sandy beach in a cove at the base of a
pasture, named Donkey Beach because of the herd of
mules that rested on the beach in the early plantation
days. The waves draw in many surfers but it’s not a
good beach for beginners. The winters yield high surf
making swimming dangerous. Beware of steep entry,
dangerous shorebreaks, strong currents and rocks
submerged in the surf. Snorkeling can be good in a
secluded cove north of the stream and over a small hill.
No facilities or lifeguards. Located north of Kapa‘a 1/2 mile north of the 11 mile
marker off Hwy 56. Parking lot is at the top of the path to the beach. Hike 10
minutes to shoreline and take a right for the beach; turn north and walk past the
stream for the secluded cove.
FUJI BEACH (BABY BEACH)
Protected shallow section in the reef by a long, natural breakwater makes it a
great place to have some water fun with the kids while you soak up the sun on
the sandy beach. No facilities or lifeguards. Located off KŸ hiš Hwy behind the
Chevron in KapaÔ a.
LYDGATE STATE PARK
A scenic family beach that is very popular since it offers something for everyone
including a park. There are two large lava pools great for children and offers
safe swimming and snorkeling for beginners. Rock wall protects swimmers
year-round and the ironwood groves provide shade. Kamalani Playground
has a wooden volcano jungle gym and bright ceramic sea creatures adorn
the playground. Picnic pavilions, grills, showers and restrooms are available.
Lifeguard on duty. Located off KŸhi š Hwy on Leho Drive just south of the Wailua
SOUTH & WEST SHORE
KALAPAKì B EACH
This is a beautiful sandy crescent-shaped beach with tranquil water and a great
place to learn to surf on the offshore break with great views of the pali (cliffs) in
the bay. It’s a great place to swim when conditions are calm. Beware of strong
rip currents during high surf. Located off Rice St. west of L•huÔe in front of the
KauaÔ i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. Park in the public parking lot at the hotel.
M€ H€ ÔULEPUBEACH
A long, beautiful and romantic beach with mountain vistas is a two mile sandy
strand along a reef-protected shoreline and high sand dunes. The beauty of
this beach was captured in the movie Islands in the Stream where George C.
Scott played Ernest Hemingway. It’s good for swimming only during extreme
calm conditions. Windsurfing, beachcombing and shoreline fishing are popular
activities. This is a sacred site for native Hawaiians and for endangered plants
and species. No facilities and no lifeguards. Beach is closed from 6pm to
7:30am. Follow the cane road past Shipwreck Beach. Stop at the guard gate
to get through.
POÔ IP† BEACH
PoÔ ipŸ B each in the county park is nationally ranked and popular because the
sunny weather and calm water that surrounds the chain of beautiful wide, white
sandy beaches. An offshore reef causes the waves to break before they reach
the beach making it a keiki-friendly beach. Swimming and snorkeling are great
between the offshore reef and the coast while the breaking waves outside the
calm waters create surfing and boogie boarding opportunities. The protected
beach area is great for novice snorkelers. Dangerous water conditions can
occur during periods of high surf. Beginning surf lessons are available as well
as a nearby playground. Lifeguards, picnic tables, pavilions, showers and rest-
rooms are also available. Located off Po‘ipü Rd. south of Ho‘owili Rd.
The longest and widest stretch of beach in the Hawaiian Islands, this 7-mile
white sandy beach is breathtaking and considered to be one of the most beautiful
beaches on Kaua‘i. The name means “a leaping off place for spirits.” The usually
sunny beach is framed by the majestic Näpali Coast and has sweeping sand
dunes that can get up to 100 feet high and you can catch amazing sunsets with
views of Ni‘ihau. This remote area is a great place to stargaze. The only safe
place to swim is in the Queen’s Pond where the fringing reef offers protection
from the extremely strong currents when the surf isn’t high; beware of sharp
coral. Picnic tables, showers and restrooms are available. No lifeguards.
Camping by permit only. Located at end of Rte 50. Take left onto the bumpy dirt
road and drive several miles. Follow signs to beach.