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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best Kauai Beaches

A vacation on Kauai provides many opportunities to indulge in that most Hawaiian of luxuries: Enjoying the beach! To decide which ones to visit on your vacation, we put together this list of the best Kauai beaches.

Kauai offers our visitors more beaches than any of the other Hawaiian Islands, and each one has something different to offer. Some feature calm sanctuaries with crystal-clear water, while others are exciting spots for surfers to catch large waves. Some are remote and isolated, others have adjacent parking lots and public restrooms.

Traveler’s Tip: While planning your vacation, please keep in mind that many of these beaches will have totally different personalities depending on the season and current weather. For example, a location that is clear and perfect for snorkeling in the summer may be rough and cloudy in the winter. And beaches that are known for awesome surfing in the winter may be calm and flat in the summer. Be sure to check surf and weather reports before heading to the beach!

Best Kauai Beaches: North Shore

Hanalei Bay Beach 

Hanalei Bay Beach by Frank Kovalchek
This is one of our favorite beaches on Kauai for many reasons. Stretching over two miles, Hanalei Bay Beach can accommodate many visitors without feeling crowded. Sun bathers on the sandy shore are surrounded by beautiful scenery set against a backdrop of tropical mountains. Hanalei Bay is flanked at either end by two coral reefs where the Hanalei and Waipa rivers meet the ocean. In most weather the bay is calm enough for young families in the central portions. When the wind is right, the right side of the bay can develop larger waves that will satisfy those looking to get in some surfing.

Tunnels Beach

For visitors looking to see the sights under the waves, visit Tunnels beach on the North Shore. During the typically calmer summer months this beach offers some of the best walk-in snorkeling in Hawaii. The shore is protected from larger waves by the huge reef, so surfers may have to paddle out a bit farther than at other locations. Parking can be a bit of a challenge as well, as there is only room to pull off on the roadside. However, these small issues are more than offset by the clear waters and spectacular underwater scenery. 

Best Kauai Beaches: South Kauai 

Poipu Beach 

One of the smaller beaches on our list, Poipu Beach is a great choice for families with small children and first-time snorkelers. Encompassing two bays, this popular beach has lots of amenities including lifeguards, rest rooms, picnic areas and showers. The waves in the central area are usually gentle enough for young children and inexperienced swimmers. More adventurous visitors can travel to the outside edges of the bays when the surf is up.

Have Fun and Be Safe!

No matter which beaches you choose to visit, please remember to always keep safety in mind. Make sure that there is an active lifeguard on duty before entering the water. Never swim alone or let children out of your direct sight – even the most tranquil looking waters can hide dangers. There may be sharp corals, swift currents or dangerous wildlife anywhere among the islands. When in doubt, it is much better to err on the side of caution.

Book Your Kauai Vacation Today!

If you have any questions about our favorite beaches here on Kauai, get in touch! We are happy to help you plan out a fun and safe Hawaiian vacation. See you on the sand!