Long, wide golden sand beach near the Wailua
River is good for taking a stroll or watching the
experienced boogie boarders, surfers or watching
the river flow into the sea. Swimming is dangerous
due to strong rip currents and rough water. The
children sometimes play near the river mouth
when the currents aren’t strong. No facilities
and no lifeguard. Located across from Coco
Palms Resort. The beach is easily accessible when
traveling north off K hiō Hwy.
and local fishermen who frequent the beach.
Restrooms and showers are available. No lifeguard
on duty. Located off Lāwa‘i Rd. in front of the
Prince K hiō Park.
Ho‘ona “Baby” Beach
Great sandy beach for keiki (children) since the
water is calm in a small cove behind off shore lava
rocks. Access the beach using the walkway on
Ho‘ona Rd. off Lāwa‘i Rd.
in the movie Islands in the Stream where George
C. Scott played Ernest Hemingway. It’s good for
swimming only during extreme calm conditions.
Windsurfing, beachcombing and shoreline fishing
are popular activities. This is a sacred site for
native Hawaiians and for endangered plants and
species. No facilities and no lifeguards. Beach is
closed from 7pm to 7:30am. Follow the cane road
past Shipwreck Beach. Stop at the guard gate to
A long stretch of golden sand without crowds
isn’t good for swimming since the ocean is rough
and the coastline is rocky or reef, but it’s a great
beach to watch windsurfers and fishermen pull in
their catch. The beach has lots of hidden coves for
seclusion and can be romantic. There is also a nice
trail to jog while you take in the glorious scenery.
Monk seals have been spotted quite frequently
here. Located off K hiō Hwy. There are many
access points behind Coconut Marketplace.
This is a beautiful sandy crescent-shaped beach
with tranquil water and a great place to learn to surf
on the offshore break with great views of pali in the
bay. It’s a great place to swim when conditions are
calm. Beware of strong rip currents during high
surf. Located off Rice St. west of Līhu‘e in front of
the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club. Park
in the public parking lot at the hotel.
Ninini beach and Running Water Beach are hidden
and out of the way beaches with pockets of sand
separated by a lava rock formation. Protected and
secluded, the beaches are good for snorkeling on
calm days. Park across the street from the Kaua‘i
Lagoons Golf Course or the clubhouse parking
lot and follow path to beaches. Between Kalapakī
beach and the lighthouse on Ninini Point near the
LĪHU‘E & SOUTH SHORE
A small sandy beach is popular with boogie
boarders and honu. Waves tend to be bigger here
in the summer than winter. Grassy area with
picnic tables, showers and restrooms are available.
Located on Po‘ip Rd.
Lāwa‘i (Beach House) Beach
Small sandy beach is popular with snorkelers
when the water is calm for the variety of fish
in the offshore reef. It’s also a popular surfing
spot for the waves that break offshore. Surfing
competitions are held regularly here in spring thru
fall. The small pocket of sand disappears in times
of high surf. Beware of seasonal strong currents.
The beach is located next to the Beach House
Restaurant off Lāwa‘i Rd.
Ho‘ai (Prince K hiō) Beach
A beautiful sandy crescent shaped beach with
water protected by an offshore reef great for keiki
and novice snorkelers when water is calm. This
beach is popular for the honu (green sea turtles)
A long, beautiful and romantic beach with
mountain vistas is a two mile sandy strand
along a reef-protected shoreline and high sand
dunes. The beauty of this beach was captured
Po‘ip Beach Park
Po‘ip Beach in the county park is nationally
ranked and popular because the sunny weather
and calm water that surrounds the chain of
beautiful wide, white sandy beaches. An offshore
reef causes the waves to break before they reach the
beach making it a keiki-friendly beach. Swimming
and snorkeling are great between the offshore reef
and the coast while the breaking waves outside the
calm waters create surfing and boogie boarding
opportunities. The protected beach area is great
for novice snorkelers. Dangerous water conditions
can occur during periods of high surf. Beginning
surf lessons are available as well as a nearby
playground. Lifeguards, picnic tables, pavilions,
showers and restrooms are also available. Located
off Po‘ip Rd. south of Ho‘owili Rd.
PHO TO: BRENNECKE’S BEACH/NATHAN SEBAS TIAN
Shipwreck (Keoniloa) Beach
A lovely beach to sunbathe but not a good
swimming beach due to dangerous ocean
conditions is named for an old unidentified
shipwreck. On the left is Makawehi Point where
you will see fishermen surf casts and brave locals
jumping into the sea as did Harrison Ford and
Anne Heche from Six Days, Seven Nights. It’s
a good beach for boogie boarding, surfing and
windsurfing for the experienced. Showers and
restrooms are available. No lifeguard on duty.
Located in front of the Hyatt. Take public access
road between the Hyatt and the Po‘ip Bay Resort