Barking Sands Beach
The beach is a continuation of the long white sand
beach with superb vistas of Ni‘ihau and incredible
sunsets. The name is due to the sound the sand
sometimes makes when sliding down the 60’
high dunes along the beach but watch out for the
thorns from the kiawe trees. Swimming is not
recommended on this beach due to dangerous
ocean conditions. Located between Kekaha Beach
and Polihale Beach on the northern part of the
Pacific Missiles Range off Kaumuali‘i.
Kekaha Beach Park
This is the first beach of the series and is an exquisite
long stretch of white sand with spectacular sunsets
and many great surfing spots along the way. The
beach offers clear views of Ni‘ihau. This area is
almost always sunny and shade is absent. Picnic
area, grills, pavilions, showers and restrooms are
available. Swimming can be extremely dangerous.
Lifeguard on duty. Located off Kaumuali‘i Hwy.
Pākalā (Infinities) Beach
The beach is picturesque and surrounded by
lush tropical foliage and trees and a favorite
spot for experienced surfers. This is not a good
swimming beach due to murky water known
for shark sightings and other dangerous ocean
conditions, but it’s a great place to watch the locals
surf and catch a magical sunset. The reef is called
“Infinities” because it creates long perfect waves.
Located by 21mile marker off Hwy 50.
The longest and widest stretch of beach in the
Hawaiian Islands, this 7-mile white sandy beach
is breathtaking and considered to be one of the
most beautiful beaches in Kaua‘i. The name
means, “a leaping off place for spirits” or “house
of death”. The usually sunny beach is framed by
the majestic Nā Pali Coast and has sweeping sand
dunes that can get up to 100 feet high and you can
catch amazing sunsets with views of Ni‘ihau. This
remote area is a great place to stargaze. The only
safe place to swim is in the Queen’s Pond where the
fringing reef offers protection from the extremely
strong currents when the surf isn’t high; beware of
sharp coral. Picnic tables, showers and restrooms
are available. No lifeguards. Camping by permit
only. Located at end of Rte 50. Take left onto the
bumpy dirt road and drive several miles. Follow
signs to beach.
Salt Pond Beach Park
The protected reef in this pretty crescent shaped
beach with lots of palms is great for swimming,
snorkeling and beachcombing. Swimming is
usually safe year round in the large lagoon and
the sunsets are spectacular. Salt ponds are nearby
where generations past made salt by evaporating
seawater in red earthen pans and still do today.
Please do not enter the salt-making area. The
beach is also great for windsurfing, boogie
boarding and exploring the tidepools. Lifeguard
on duty. Picnic tables, pavilions, grills, camping,
restrooms and showers are available. Located in
Hanapēpē. Take left turn on Lele past town off
Kaumuali‘i Hwy and right on Lokokai Rd. to park.
Editor’s note: There is a wise saying in Hawai‘i,
“Leave only footprints and take only memories.”
Please take all your trash and don’t take anything
that does not belong to you including those that
belong to the sea. It’s best to leave your valuables
at your hotel and not in your car, so the time can
be spent relaxing and not worrying. Conditions
change with the seasons, so take the time to
evaluate the sea and read the beach safety.