Most of kauai's coast is lined with expansive beaches.
As ocean recreation was an important part of life for the ancient
Hawaiians, so is it today for Kauai's residents and visitors.
Beach conditions vary seasonally. Visitors should check with
their hotel activity director or local residents for the best
seasonal places. Kauai boasts more than 40 superb beaches. The
following are some of the most popular and captivating:
small, lovely curve of a beach with calm, shallow water. Patches
of reef provide excellent snorkeling grounds. At the end of Kuhio
Highway on the northwestern end of the island.
Gently sloping beach with patches of rocky reef in the shallow
waters that is great for snorkelers with good swimming areas as
well. Access to Tunnels is off Kuhio Highway via a sandy road.
Among the most beautiful on the island with a huge, wide sandy
shoreline. The beauty of this beach is equaled by the pounding
of the ocean along its shore. Access at the western end is
directly off Kuhio Highway. At the eastern end, a steep, dirt
trail descends from the road.
Hanalei Bay Beach
A perfect, curved bay of legendary beauty. The beach is subject to
strong currents, even during the summer months. The best area to
swim is in the center of the bay at the Hanalei Beach Park, which
has restrooms, a pavilion and a lifeguard in attendance. Access
via Aku Road or Weke Road, both off Kuhio Highway at either end
of Hanalei. Hanalei Bay Beach was named America's No. 2 Best
Beach in 2002 by Dr. Beach.
Anini Beach Park
Miles of white sandy beach and a quiet lagoon created by a reef.
Sunsets here are glorious and perfect for a romantic swim. Follow
Kuhio Highway to Kalihiwai Road and take Anini Road to the beach.
Lydgate Beach Park
One of Kauai's prettiest with its ironwood grove and two large
lava pools. This beach park offers great snorkeling for families.
Located just south of the Wailua River on Leho Drive.
Hidden along a rocky coastline between Nawiliwili Bay and the
lighthouse on Ninini Point. Ninini Beach and Running Water Beach
are pocket beaches separated by a lava rock formation and protected
by currents and winds. Take the road leading through the Kauai
Marriott Resort and park at the golf course clubhouse.
A picturesque haven fronting the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach
Club, Kalapaki offers calm waters for keiki (children) and rideable
currents for surfers and boogieboarders.
Two-mile stretch of reef-protected shoreline and white sand. This
beach also features 100-foot-high sand dunes and a mushroom-shaped
sea stack. Follow the cane road beyond Shipwreck Beach.
Long stretch of sandy shoreline with good swimming and bodysurfing
conditions. Lifeguards, showers, picnic tables, pavilions, barbecues
and a keiki playground at the nearby park make this an ideal family
beach. Follow Maluhia Road or Koloa Road to Koloa Town, then take
Poipu Road to the coast.
Salt Pond Beach
Crescent-shaped beach with a protecting reef and numerous coconut trees.
A great place to collect shells. Located at the end of Route 543,
leading from Hanapepe.
Kauai Beaches by Location
Kauai Beaches by Name
Visitor Attractions on Kauai
Kauai Island Travel Guide
About the County of Kauai
State of Hawaii Travel Guide