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 Kühiö
Hwy behind the Chevron in Kapa‘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 Kühiö Hwy on Leho Drive just south of the Wailua River.
SOUTH & WEST SHORE
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 Lïhu‘e in front of the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. Park in
the public parking lot at the hotel.
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.
Po‘ipü Beach 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 restrooms 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.