Top Beaches In Kauai, Hawaii and Why:

Waipo’o Falls, Kauai

No one can deny that most, if not all, Hawaiian beaches are beautiful and worth a visit, but who is to say that all beautiful beaches are also practical for human use? That’s where this handy list comes in! From the best kept secret, secluded and small beaches, to the best family-friendly beach parks and popular surfing shorebreaks, here are the top beaches in Kauai (and a few details about them) for visitors and locals of diverse ages and abilities:

Beaches: {Listed South to North}

  • SALT POND BEACH: Great for kids, tidepools, calm water, bathrooms, picnic tables, food trucks, lifeguards, some homeless, great for sunset.
  • HANAMAULU BEACH PARK: Small, secluded, tidepools, old pier, not best for swimming, near river, near AHUKINI PIER (51 Kapule hwy, just off 560 Kuhio hwy)
  • LYDGATE STATE PARK: Good for snorkeling and camping, surrounded by rocks, picnics, playground.
  • ANAHOLA BEACH PARK: Showers, bathrooms, camping, public park which means more trash & homeless.
  • PAPA’A BAY BEACH: Shallow pools, small, calm water, secluded, surrounded by rocks.
  • LARSEN’S BEACH: Secluded, bit of a walk from road, many shells, coarse sand, tidepools, a lot of marine life, not best for swimming because of the coral reef.
  • MOLOA’A BEACH: Secluded, relaxing, good for snorkeling, seals frequent here.
  • PAKALA BEACH: Watch expert surfers ride the “infinities wave,” named because the waves seem to last forever.
  • QUEEN’S BATH: Swim in a natural pool (Kapiolani rd, Princeville) Go during low tide if you want to swim in it, wear water shoes, path to it is muddy and slippery.
  • HIDEAWAYS BEACH: Tiny beach, beautiful path down to it, secluded, large lava rocks, shade.
  • HANALEI BEACH: Beautiful view of palis/mountains, pier, calm water, gets busy, walk to Waioli stream (to the left when facing the ocean).
  • WAIOLI BEACH PARK (@HANALEI BEACH): 2 miles of shore, volcanic ridges/view of mountains, can get crowded, no shade on beach.
  • LUMAHI BEACH: Scenic, surrounded by forest, very secluded, rip currents often so not good for swimming.
  • TUNNELS BEACH: Near caves, volcanic ridge backdrop, calm, snorkeling, turtles
  • HAENA BEACH PARK: Walk to MANINIHOLO DRY CAVE, next to Tunnels beach, snorkeling, see waterfalls on volcanic ridges.
  • KE’E BEACH: Good for swimming and snorkeling, small, off Kalalau Trail, connected to the Napali coast.


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