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Beaches of Kauai

Snorkeling is best on the southern end of the island during the winter and best on the northern end during the summer.

Boogie boarding is something no one should miss. Get the feel for it in the surf off Kiahuna (if you rent fins, you're sure to catch twice as many waves) or, for a bigger challenge, try Poipu Beach Park.

 
The Beach at Kiahuna

The Beach at Kiahuna

The Beach at Kiahuna, Kiahuna Plantation fronts one of the best swimming beaches on Kauai. Kiahuna is about a mile east of Hale Luana, a 20 minute walk or ten minute bike ride.

 
The Beach at Poipu Park

The Beach at Poipu Park

Down Poipu Beach Road from Hale Luana is the award winning Poipu Beach Park.

Across the road is Brenneke's Beach Broiler & Deli

 
Lumahai Beach

Lumahai Beach

Lumahai is one of the most photographed beaches in the word. South Pacific was filmed here in the 1950's. The beach is about an hour's drive north of Hale Luana. Swimming can be quite dangerous because the beach drops off sharply and the ocean currents are very strong.

 
The Haena Lagoon

The Haena Lagoon

The Haena lagoon is protected by a reef. Swimming is normally quite safe inside the lagoon. Haena is at the very end of the road (Highway 56) at the north end of the island, about fifteen minutes by car beyond Hanalei.

 
Mahaulepu Beach

Mahaulepu Beach

Mahaulepu Beach (past the Poipu Bay Golf Club), a gorgeous and idyllic stretch of golden sand that feels truly remote. Mahaulepu is a two mile car trip from the end of Poipu Road. Travel east on the dirt cane field road to the main cane haul road intersection and turn right. There will be a security shack posting beach opening and closing hours. The beach usually closes by 6 p.m. in the winter and 7 p.m. in the summer. These are strictly enforced by the landowner that allows public access at their own risk.

 
Lydgate Beach Park

Lydgate Beach Park

Located near the aiport. Enjoy a huge wading pool formed by piles of lava rock. Eating areas are provided near the castle play structure.

 

Shipwreck's Beach

Another lovely beach is Shipwreck's Beach, a long stretch of golden sand on the eastern end of Poipu. Shipwreck's Beach is fronted by some resorts and a county park facility. During most of the year, the waters here are best for advanced surfers due to a short shore-break. This is a great beach however, to walk along, wade a little, sunbathe or hook up with a spectacular shoreline trail that goes east for a couple miles.

 

Lawai Beach

Further to the west on Spouting Horn Road is Lawai Beach, a delightful snorkeling spot fronted by a resort of the same name. Although the strip of sand is narrow, the snorkeling is good and in calm waters.

 

Polihale Beach

Polihale Beach is about ten miles beyond (north) of Waimea; the last five miles are dirt road through the cane fields. Located at the base of the Na Pali cliffs, Polihale is a spectacular expanse of white sand stretching about ten miles south of Kekaha. Unobstructed by fringing reefs, the waves roll in with full force, making even summer water conditions unsafe for swimmers. We recommend that you take bottled drinks and a beach umbrella with you. Depending upon the time of year, the beach can be extremely hot.

 

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