Poipu Beach is actually two beaches in one. A tombola (known as Nukumoi Point) separates the two bays. Tombola is a narrow sand spit that extends from the shore to an island. The tombola at Poipu Beach is the favorite spot for the napping, endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The area on the western side of the beach is a favorite for beginning bodyboarders. Small waves break gently on the shallow sandbar and create a fun area for children to play.
On the left of the sandbar is a lava rock-protected and shallow area for swimming. This is usually the play area for families with small children. Poipu Beach Park has been voted the #1 beach in America. During the weekends this is a favorite spot for birthday parties, picnics, lawn games, and family activities. The outdoor playground was built with donations from the community. You can find parking, snorkel rental, and surfboard rentals nearby.
- Choose beaches with a lifeguard.
- Before entering the water check for any warning signs indicating hazardous conditions.
- Avoid swimming during high surf.
- Never swim alone.
- Never allow small children to swim or play in water unattended.
- Never swim in murky water and never swim in river mouths.
- Never turn your back on the ocean, an unexpected wave can knock you down and drag you out.
- Listen to weather and surf forecasts on local radio or check the surf report
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