Kauai isn’t the largest island in the Hawaiian chain … but it IS the oldest. Sand has had more time to be created  and deposited here, which gives Kauai an advantage over the rest of the Hawaiian islands. There are more miles of beaches on Kauai than all the other Hawaiian islands put together … times two! And many of these beaches are pristine and undeveloped. Unlike Maui and Oahu which have lots of beautiful beaches with hotels looming just above the high water line, Kauai has miles of sand with no buildings in sight.  The abundant beaches makes Kauai a haven for water activities such as surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling.

North Shore Beaches

Secret Beach

kualoa-zipline-7This is a massive beach to explore with tidepools and a waterfall on the west end but beware ocean conditions here, because the rip currents are very strong here.

This is a massive beach to explore with tidepools and a waterfall on the west end but beware ocean conditions here, because the rip currents are very strong here.

This is a massive beach to explore with tidepools and a waterfall on the west end but beware ocean conditions here, because the rip currents are very strong here.

This is a massive beach to explore with tidepools and a waterfall on the west end but beware ocean conditions here, because the rip currents are very strong here.
GPS:  22.218890, -159.417847 Secret Beach Road, Kalihiwai, HI 96754 Click to view map

Blackpot Beach

waimea-bayIt is located by the Hanalei pier, and it may look familiar because South Pacific was filmed there. This is a great place to learn how to surf!
It is located by the Hanalei pier, and it may look familiar because South Pacific was filmed there. This is a great place to learn how to surf!

It is located by the Hanalei pier, and it may look familiar because South Pacific was filmed there. This is a great place to learn how to surf!

It is located by the Hanalei pier, and it may look familiar because South Pacific was filmed there. This is a great place to learn how to surf!

GPS: 22.213329, -159.496343 Hanalei, HI Click to view map

Lumaha’i (Nurses) Beach

kualoa-zipline-7After a 150 feet hike down, you will reach one of Kauai’s most beautiful beaches, but it also can be very dangerous in the wintertime. The steep sand slope creates a strong undertow and powerful waves that break directly on the sand. When the ocean conditions are calmer in the summertime, this is a great beach to spend you day at. There is a dirt parking lot, and no facilities.

fter a 150 feet hike down, you will reach one of Kauai’s most beautiful beaches, but it also can be very dangerous in the wintertime. The steep sand slope creates a strong undertow and powerful waves that break directly on the sand. When the ocean conditions are calmer in the summertime, this is a great beach to spend you day at. There is a dirt parking lot, and no facilities.

GPS: Hwy. 560, west of Hanalei Click to view map

Haena Beach

waimea-bayA great beach for snorkeling in the summertime, and it has breathtaking mountain scenery. Tunnels beach is located next to Haena beach, but there is no parking and we recommend you park at Haena Beach parking and walk down the beach. For beginners & children, there is a shallow inner reef, while the outer reefs are great for the more advanced divers and snorkelers. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels.

A great beach for snorkeling in the summertime, and it has breathtaking mountain scenery. Tunnels beach is located next to Haena beach, but there is no parking and we recommend you park at Haena Beach parking and walk down the beach. For beginners & children, there is a shallow inner reef, while the outer reefs are great for the more advanced divers and snorkelers. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels.

GPS: 22.219580, -159.565755 Hanalei, HI 96714Click to view map

Ke’e Beach

kualoa-zipline-7Once you reach this location, you’ve hit the end of the road! This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. In the summertime, Ke’e's gentle ocean lagoon is protected from waves by reefs which provide good snorkeling. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset and views of the entire Na Pali coast. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

Once you reach this location, you’ve hit the end of the road! This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. In the summertime, Ke’e's gentle ocean lagoon is protected from waves by reefs which provide good snorkeling. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset and views of the entire Na Pali coast. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

GPS: 22.220416, -159.582503 End of Rte. 560 Hanalei, HI 96714 Click to view map

Hanakapiai Beach

waimea-bayYou will start your 2 mile hike at the beginning section of the Kalalau trail at the end of the road. Throughout your hike, you will have gorgeous views of the Na Pali coastline. Be aware of strong currents, flash flooding at the river, dangerous shorebreak and riptides. Once you reach the beach, you have the option to hike an additional 2 miles up Hanakapi`ai Valley to the falls. There are composting toilets, and no water.

You will start your 2 mile hike at the beginning section of the Kalalau trail at the end of the road. Throughout your hike, you will have gorgeous views of the Na Pali coastline. Be aware of strong currents, flash flooding at the river, dangerous shorebreak and riptides. Once you reach the beach, you have the option to hike an additional 2 miles up Hanakapi`ai Valley to the falls. There are composting toilets, and no water.

GPS: 22.208868, -159.597850 Click to view map

Kalalau Beach

kualoa-zipline-7There is no road access to Kalalau Beach, and there are only a few ways to reach this very secluded beach. You can hike 11 mile hike along the Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast with breathtaking views. The trail is challenging and has many shear drop offs, narrow ledges, and endless climbs and descents. Another adventurous way to get to get to this beach is by kayak. The Na Pali Kayak tour is truly astounding, but it is not right for everyone. This arduous 17 mile paddle begins in Hanalei and ends at Polihale Beach. Kalalau beach is about 1 mile long with and the famous cathedrals surround you as you enjoy the landscape. There are plenty of trails heading back to the valley. There is no reef to break the waves, so this beach nearly always has high surf year round. If you’d like to camp, a permit is required.

GPS: 22.167742, -159.667688 Click to view map

Honopu Beach

waimea-bayThis landmark is made famous by it’s amazing archway. Honopu is very sacred to the Hawaiian people because the beach and surrounding cliffs were used as burial sites for the chiefs that lived along the coast. Several movies feature this beach including Six Days and Seven Nights, the third Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This landmark is made famous by it’s amazing archway. Honopu is very sacred to the Hawaiian people because the beach and surrounding cliffs were used as burial sites for the chiefs that lived along the coast. Several movies feature this beach including Six Days and Seven Nights, the third Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This landmark is made famous by it’s amazing archway. Honopu is very sacred to the Hawaiian people because the beach and surrounding cliffs were used as burial sites for the chiefs that lived along the coast. Several movies feature this beach including Six Days and Seven Nights, the third Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

GPS: 22.165993, -159.672495 Click to view map

Central Beaches

Kalapaki Beach

kualoa-zipline-7This is the nicest beach in a harbor area in Hawaii. It is for great swimming and sailing, and there is surfing for every level. There is beachfront dining, shops and many restaurants all within a short walking distance. There is public parking and facilities.

 

GPS: 21.960227, -159.353027 Nawiliwili, HI 96766 Click to view map

Lydgate Park

waimea-bayA man made protected pond makes this a great family friendly beach. Not only that, it also has a large grass field, a large playground for the kids, covered tables for picnics, bike paths and plenty of parking. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

A man made protected pond makes this a great family friendly beach. Not only that, it also has a large grass field, a large playground for the kids, covered tables for picnics, bike paths and plenty of parking. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

A man made protected pond makes this a great family friendly beach. Not only that, it also has a large grass field, a large playground for the kids, covered tables for picnics, bike paths and plenty of parking. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

GPS: 22.037574, -159.336377 Lihue, HI 96766 Click to view map

Kealia Beach

kualoa-zipline-7Along the eastside, this half mile long beach is a favorite for surfers and boogie boarders. And there is a bike path follows the coastline, and you can cruise along and enjoy the ocean views. Kealia is a great place to watch the full moon rise at sunset. There is public parking, restrooms and sheltered picnic benches.

Along the eastside, this half mile long beach is a favorite for surfers and boogie boarders. And there is a bike path follows the coastline, and you can cruise along and enjoy the ocean views. Kealia is a great place to watch the full moon rise at sunset. There is public parking, restrooms and sheltered picnic benches.

GPS: 22.098373, -159.305497 Kapaa, HI 96746 Click to view map

Moloaa Bay

waimea-bayThis beach is rarely crowded with people, and it is lovely when the sea is calm. When the tide is up, you do not want to swim here. Gilligans island was filmed at Moloaa Bay, and you can join Kauai Movie Tours to experience other famous movies sites.

This beach is rarely crowded with people, and it is lovely when the sea is calm. When the tide is up, you do not want to swim here. Gilligans island was filmed at Moloaa Bay, and you can join Kauai Movie Tours to experience other famous movies sites.

This beach is rarely crowded with people, and it is lovely when the sea is calm. When the tide is up, you do not want to swim here. Gilligans island was filmed at Moloaa Bay, and you can join Kauai Movie Tours to experience other famous movies sites.

GPS: 22.193709, -159.333939 Moloaa, HI 96754 Click to view map

South & Westside Beaches

Polihale State Park

kualoa-zipline-77 miles of white sand beach makes Polihale the spot to dry out when the rains come. The Na Pali cliffs are the backdrop to the sweep sand dunes. Framed by the west end of the Na Pali cliffs, sweeping sand dunes and a Ni’ihau capped ocean, Polihale can be a breath-taking experience. Camping by permit only. Dirt parking lot. Public bathrooms and showers.

7 miles of white sand beach makes Polihale the spot to dry out when the rains come. The Na Pali cliffs are the backdrop to the sweep sand dunes. Framed by the west end of the Na Pali cliffs, sweeping sand dunes and a Ni’ihau capped ocean, Polihale can be a breath-taking experience. Camping by permit only. Dirt parking lot. Public bathrooms and showers.

GPS: 22.078910, -159.762693 Waimea, HI 96796 Click to view map

Salt Pond Beach Park

waimea-bayThere is an outside reef that protects this beach, and makes it good for snorkeling in the winter. Named for its traditional Hawaiian salt collecting ponds. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

There is an outside reef that protects this beach, and makes it good for snorkeling in the winter. Named for its traditional Hawaiian salt collecting ponds. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

There is an outside reef that protects this beach, and makes it good for snorkeling in the winter. Named for its traditional Hawaiian salt collecting ponds. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

There is an outside reef that protects this beach, and makes it good for snorkeling in the winter. Named for its traditional Hawaiian salt collecting ponds. There is public parking, bathrooms and showers.

GPS: 21.900756, -159.607333 Eleele, HI 96705 Click to view map

Poipu Beach

kualoa-zipline-7The protected area here makes is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. For experienced surfers, there is a great surf break offshore. There are a few resorts that line this beach, and you can enjoy lunch or drinks at their pool bars, or spend the evening at the Sheraton Poipu Luau.  There is public parking, restrooms, and picnic benches.

The protected area here makes is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. For experienced surfers, there is a great surf break offshore. There are a few resorts that line this beach, and you can enjoy lunch or drinks at their pool bars, or spend the evening at the Sheraton Poipu Luau.  There is public parking, restrooms, and picnic benches.

GPS: 21.873902, -159.454281 Koloa, HI 96756 Click to view map

Shipwreck Beach

waimea-bayThe steep shore break make this beach excellent for boogie boarders, but be careful if you are a beginner. There are fun rocky points to explore. There is public parking and restrooms.

The steep shore break make this beach excellent for boogie boarders, but be careful if you are a beginner. There are fun rocky points to explore. There is public parking and restrooms.

The steep shore break make this beach excellent for boogie boarders, but be careful if you are a beginner. There are fun rocky points to explore. There is public parking and restrooms.

The steep shore break make this beach excellent for boogie boarders, but be careful if you are a beginner. There are fun rocky points to explore. There is public parking and restrooms.

GPS: 21.875168, -159.436925 Koloa, HI 96756 Click to view map

Maha’ulepu

kualoa-zipline-7There are several remote beaches in this area. It is a lovely day hike, but the road is very rough. The landscape is rugged and beautiful, and Maha’ulepu typically has strong winds. Windsurfing and kite surfing are the most common ocean activities. During extreme ocean calm, typically in the winter, you can enjoy snorkeling here. There is a dirt parking lot, and no facilities. You can spend the day exploring this historical beach at CJM Stables.

There are several remote beaches in this area. It is a lovely day hike, but the road is very rough. The landscape is rugged and beautiful, and Maha’ulepu typically has strong winds. Windsurfing and kite surfing are the most common ocean activities. During extreme ocean calm, typically in the winter, you can enjoy snorkeling here. There is a dirt parking lot, and no facilities. You can spend the day exploring this historical beach at CJM Stables.

GPS: 21.890276, -159.414259 Koloa, HI 96756 Click to view map

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