Kauai Beaches are famous for long stretches of secluded white sand, warm turquoise waters and tropical backdrops. It is no surprise that Kauai's beaches are voted amongst the top beaches on the planet. Kauai Beaches can be exposed to strong waves, unpredictable conditions and rip currents. Use caution in and around Hawaii waters.
Please choose from one of the life-guarded beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Stay safe on Kauai. Please read the Beach Safety Tips, ask a lifeguard about the conditions and always check the weather and Surf Reports.
Location: East Side, Anahola Anahola Beach - Lifeguarded
Anahola Beach is a beautiful white sand fringed bay, with good swimming and decent snorkeling most of the year due to a protective outlying reef. Anahola Beach Park is located just south of Anahola Bay. A family freindly beach tucked away and hidden.
Location: North Shore, Anini Anini Beach
Anini boasts the longest and widest fringing reef in the Hawaiian Islands and because of the unique conditions it usually has well protected waters and some of the most consistent conditions for water activities, such as snorkeling and paddle boarding.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Baby Beach Poipu
Baby Beach in Poipu is a small, secluded and generally protected beach that is great for families traveling with infants and toddlers. The crystal clear water is fairly shallow and usually calm due to the protective rocky reef.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Brennecke's Beach
Brennecke's Beach located adjacent to Poipu Beach Park is a very popular boogie boarding and body surfing spot. You can always find a wave at Brennecke's beach. The small strip of sand is a good spot to watch the waves and rider crash on the shore.
Location: East Side, Kapaa Fuji Beach
Fuji Beach, also known as Baby Beach Kapaa is a great place for children to swim and explore tide pools. Located near the beginning of the Kauai Coastal Path in Kapaa town. Fuji Beach is best during light trade wind days.
Location: North Shore, Haena Haena Beach - Lifeguarded
Haena Beach is a slice of heaven where lush tropical jungle meets white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Haena Beach Park offers good swimming during calm conditions. This is a fun beach to explore and do a bit of beach-combing.
Location: North Shore, Hanalei Hanalei Pier
Hanalei Pier is located at the mouth of the Hanalei River. This section of beach fronts Black Pot Beach Park, a popular camping area for local families. There is a small boat ramp where you can launch kayaks to paddle the Hanalei River.
Location: North Shore, Hanalei Hanalei Pavilion - Lifeguarded
Hanalei Bay is a two mile long crescent shaped bay offers activities for the whole family. The center of the bay, known as Pavilions, is a popular beach for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding
Location: North Shore, Princeville Hideaway Beach
The Pali Ke Kua Beach or otherwise known as Hideaway Beach is a beautiful spot for snorkeling during calm weather. Typically a summertime beach, this spot can be accessed by steep path neer the Pali Ke Kua Condos. Hidaway Beach is true to the name.
Location: East Side, Kalapaki Kalapaki Beach
Kalapaki Beach is a great beach for swimming, learning to surf, boogie boarding and stand up paddle boarding. Kalapaki Bay fronts the Kauai Marriott Beach Resort and is partially protected from the open ocean by a large break wall.
Location: North Shore, Kilauea Kalihiwai Beach
This little slice of tropical paradise is a secluded bay bordered by the Kalihiwai River and a backdrop of rain forest foilage. This beach is good for soaking up the rays, playing on shore, exploring the river by kayak or paddle boarding.
Location: North Shore, Haena Ke`e Beach - Lifeguarded
Ke`e Beach is located at the end of the road. Kee is protected by a reef that makes it a safe place for snorkeling and swimming. Located at the beginning of the Napali Coast and the start of the Kalalau Trail
Location: East Side, Kapaa Kealia Beach - Lifeguarded
Kealia's long stretch of white sand beach is a great spot for beach strolling and whale watching during the winter months. Kealia Beach is a popular beach for surfing and is subject to open ocean swell and wind swell. The north end of the beach is calmer
Location: West Side, Kekaha Kekaha Beach - Lifeguarded
Located on the far west side of Kauai, Kekaha Beach Park is best left for watching the sunset and beach combing. This beach marks the start of the the longest stretch of white sand beach in the state.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Kiahuna Beach
Kiahuna Beach is a section of Poipu Beach, a popular beach on Kauai's sunny south shore. Kiahuna Beach fronts the Kiahuna Plantation condominiums and falls between Poipu Beach Park and Lawai Beach.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Lawai Beach
Lawai Beach is a small strip of beach fronting the Lawai Beach resort and the Beach House Restaurant. Not visible at high tide and better suited for snorkeling in calm weather. This is a favorite spot to watch experienced surfers off this reef break.
Location: North Shore, Hanalei Lumahai Beach
Lumahai Beach is a popular and picturesque beach and the subject to many postcard and gallery images. This long stretch of white sand beach was made famous by Hollywood when Mitzi Gaynor spent her time on this beach.
Location: East Side, Wailua Lydgate Beach - Lifeguarded
Lydgate Beach Park is located on the East side of Kauai adjacent to the Wailua River. The two man-made rock-enclosed pools offer a safe place for families with young children to swim and snorkel.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Mahaulepu Beach
The Mahaulepu Beach Heritage Trail leads you from the east end of Shipwrecks Beach along an isolated and windswept magical stretch of coastline of sand dunes, lava tubes and tide pools.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Poipu Beach Lifeguarded
Poipu Beach is actually two beaches in one. A tombola (known as Nukumoi Point) separates the two bays. A tombola is a narrow sand spit that extends from shore to an island. The tombola at Poipu Beach is the favorite spot for the napping, endangered Hawaii
Location: West Side, Kekaha Polihale Beach
Polihale Beach is by far the longest stretch of beach in the state of Hawaii. This is a great beach for shelling, beach walks and sunsets.
Location: West Side, Hanapepe Salt Pond Beach - Lifeguarded
On Kauai’s Western shore, Salt Pond Beach Park has a number of protected shallow pools that offer great snorkeling for the little ones. The water is generally quite clear here and the natural fringing reefs help keep the water fairly calm.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Shipwrecks Beach
Shipwreck's Beach located next to the Poipu Grand Hyatt is a local favorite for surfing and body surfing.
Location: North Shore, Haena Tunnels Beach Makua Lifeguarded
Tunnels Beach (Makua) is the ultimate snorkeling and scuba divers beach surrounded by beautiful mountains and is a favorite surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing beach
Location: East Side, Wailua Wailua Beach
Wailua Beach is a spot for surfers and kite boarders. Located along the corridor of the coconut coast and at the mouth of the only navigable river in the State of Hawaii, this wind swept beach often has strong surf and equally as strong currents
Location: North Shore, Hanalei Waioli Beach Park Lifeguarded
Pine trees on Hanalei Bay is located toward the middle of Hanalei Bay. Named Pine Trees for the multiple ironwood pines that grow on the sands edge. Pine Trees has one of the two lifeguard stations on the bay
Location: West Side, Waimea Waimea Beach
Waimea Beach sets itself apart from other Kauai Beaches. The rare black sand beach is a spectacular vantage point for sunsets over Niihau, the Forbidden Isle, off Kauai's West Side. Waimea Pier and the lovely cottages along the beach take you back in time
Location: East Side, Waipouli Waipouli Beach
Waipouli Beach is a nice quiet stretch of beach located in front of the Waiouli Beach Resort and Spa. Beach access to this small, but pretty beach is found on the south end of the Waipouli Beach Resort. O