‘Anini Beach Park
This beautiful white sand beach has one of
the largest coral reefs in Hawai‘i and has some
of the best snorkeling in Kaua‘i for all levels.
Swimming is among the safest in the North Shore
and a good place to learn how to windsurf. You
can see magnificent sunsets from here. Grills,
camping, restrooms and showers are available.
No lifeguards. Located off K hiō Hwy. Turn west
on second Kalihiwai Rd between 25 and 26mile
markers. Take ‘Anini Road to beach.
Wide sandy beach fringed with ironwood trees at
the head of scenic Kalihiwai Bay is popular with
boogie boarders and beginner surfers. Swimming
is generally good in the summer. One of the nicest
surfing break on the North Shore in the winter
brings the more experienced out to this beach.
Wide, shallow sand bar enables body boarders to
ride decent waves in the front part of the beach.
High surf periods create dangerous swimming
conditions. Located off K hiō Hwy west of
Kilauea on Kahihiwai Rd.
Hā‘ena State Park
A long stretch of white sand beach with a
protective coral reef is a great snorkeling spot with
a variety of colorful tropical fish when the water
is calm. This is also a great place to beachcomb,
surf, windsurf and fish. You can explore nearby
sea caves carved out more than 4,000 years ago
when the sea was higher. Camping, showers and
restrooms are available. Located at the end of
K hiō Hwy.
Kauapea “Secret” Beach
An exquisite, long and wide sandy beach with great
views of Lighthouse Point is stunning. Swimming
and snorkeling can be good when the ocean is
calm. Swimming can be hazardous so observe
the ocean before entering. Look for the small
waterfall flowing over the side of the cliff. You can
The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies were filmed
at this exquisite and very popular beach. With
views of the Nā Pali Coast, it is great for snorkeling
and swimming in the protected lagoon in calm
conditions. Snorkelers and scuba divers can
expect to see teems of tropical fish and honu
(green sea turtles) on calm, clear days. Stay inside
the reef for calmer waters. Beware of strong
currents and dangerous waves breaking on rocks
and ledges. The currents are deceptively strong
even on days when the water looks calm so it’s
best to stay in the reef-protected lagoon. The
beach gets crowded with hikers and beachgoers,
so get there early for a parking space. You may
want to stay for the magnificent Nā Pali sunsets
from the point. The trailhead for Kalalau Trail is
from here. Bathrooms and showers are available.
No lifeguards. Located at the end of the road on
One of the most majestic places on earth is also a
great place to learn to surf, frolic in the water, jump
off the pier or just enjoy the incredible scenery.
The sunsets are spectacular and the moonlight
over Hanalei Bay is magical. There are four beach
parks included in the two-mile sandy crescent
shaped bay and all have lifeguards on duty except
Waikoko Beach. Black Pot Park is located next
to the Hanalei River mouth with tropical foliage
along the river’s edge and is a local gathering place
with a variety of water activities. The Hanalei
Pavilion Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics.
The water is generally calmer near the pier. Wai‘oli
Beach Park is near the center of the bay set in an
ironwood grove. Waikoko Beach is located on the
westernmost section and is protected by Waikoko
Reef so it’s popular with snorkelers and families.
Picnic area, tables, pavilions, grills, showers and
restrooms are available. Located off K hiō Hwy in
Hanalei. Access beaches off Aku Rd or Weke Rd.
Ka‘aka‘aniu “Larsen’s” Beach
Long narrow ribbon of sand and shallow reef lies
at the foot of a series of low hills and pastures. A
protecting reef offers excellent snorkeling for the
experienced and only when the ocean is calm.
Poor visibility in the water can occur in the late
summer. Beware of rocky bottom, dangerous rip
currents and stay away from the channels. This
secluded beach is also a good place to beachcomb
and fish. There are two small pockets of sand on
the opposite side of Pakala Point. No lifeguard
and no facilities. Located off Hwy 56 near the
20mile marker, take Ko‘olau Rd. Take the left
Beach Access Rd. to the end. Walk through the
gate and follow the trail down.
see Moku‘ae‘ae Island, which is a bird sanctuary.
Located off Kuhio Hwy on the same turnoff as
Kalihiwai beach. Take a right onto the first dirt
road, drive to the end of the road and park. The
hike down takes about 10-15 minutes.
Kaweonui (Sealodge) Beach
Pocket of white sand beach backed by cliffs is a
great place to snorkel and see honu in calm ocean
conditions or just be secluded from the rest of the
world. Beware of dangerous entry and currents.
Offshore is a surf break known as “Little Grass
Shack”. Located off Kamehameha Rd. Access
beach from the trail at Building A at the Sealodge
Lumaha‘i Beach (Bali Hai)
One of the most stunning and most photographed
beach in Kaua‘i, it was made famous as the
location for the movie South Pacific. A large, wide
beautiful golden sand beach is popular with a
background of verdant foliage cliffs. Swimming is
not recommended here since there is no protective
reef barrier to guard you against the tumultuous
sea. Dangers include powerful waves sweeping
up unsuspecting beachgoers off the rocks into the
sea, strong undertow and dangerous shorebreaks.
It’s a great beach to sunbathe and take in the
incredible scenery. Access to the western part
of the beach is located off Hwy 560 at Wainiha
near mile marker 5. The eastern part of the beach
separated by a lava rock of Lumaha‘i is Kahalahala
Beach. In calm conditions (summer), this beach