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Surfing Beaches

Surfing Beaches in Kauai

Catch some waves on Kauai! Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a "surfer," rides on the forward face of a wave, which is most often carrying the surfer towards shore. Waves suitable for surfing are found primarily in the ocean, but can be found in some lakes, in rivers in the form of a standing wave or tidal bore. Surfing can also be done in manmade sources such as wave pools and boat wakes. The term "surfing" refers to the act of riding a wave and not the form (with or without a board) in which the wave is ridden.
  • Anahola Beach Park

    East Shore


    Anahola Beach Park is a local favorite because it has something suitable for everyone. It's located on the east shore of Kauai. Many believe this is the safest beach on the windward coast Kauai. White-sand shores are protected from high surf by a reef.
  • Anini Beach

    North Shore


    Anini beach is well known as one of the safest and most protected beach along the North Shore. A fringed reef runs the length of beach and is Hawaii's longest reef.
  • Black Pot Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is part of the Hanalei Bay and is packed with families every weekend. You will see tents and tarps setup for picnics, fires and BBQs. There is a grass lawn with shade for relaxing. You can rent surfboards and paddle boards. The mouth of the Han
  • Brennecke's Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is next to Poipu Beach on Kauai's south shore. Brennecke's Beach is a small sandy cove right off the road and is popular for body boarding.
  • Cannons Beach

    North Shore


    Cannons Beach is just past Haena Beach Park on Kauai's north shore. This beach isn't suitable for swimming but is a poplar surfing beach for more experienced surfers.
  • Donkey Beach (Paliku)

    East Shore


    Donkey Beach (Paliku) is on the East Side of Kauai about 1.5 miles from Kealia Beach. It's a great beach for sunbathing, offering plenty of sand and some shade trees. The secluded location made it a perfect spot for nudist or clothing optional beach goers
  • Gillin's Beach

    South Shore


    Gillin's Beach was named for the long time engineering supervisor of the Grove Farm Company, the owners of the sugar plantation behind the beach.
  • Haena Beach Park

    North Shore


    Haena Beach Park is a favorite camping spot for both visitors and locals. Located on the very end of the North Shore of Kauai, the park sits at the edge of the Na Pali coast and is just a short walk to the famous snorkeling and swimming beach Tunnels.
  • Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion

    North Shore


    This beach is in the heart of the Hanalei Bay, a famous 2-mile long crescent of white sand nestled beneath a beautiful range of mountains lined with waterfalls.
  • Kalapaki Beach

    East Shore


    The white sands and gentle waters of Kalapaki Beach are ideal for sunning, swimming, and sailing. Kalapaki Beach also is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, and Kauai Lagoons 40 acres of freshwater tropical lagoons that serve as a sanctuar
  • Kalihiwai Beach (Bay)

    North Shore


    This ironwood tree-lined crescent shaped beach has plenty of parking and is easy to find. Water is generally calm and the sand is great and voluminousness. In the winter this beach is great for surfing and body boarding.
  • Kawailoa Bay Beach

    South Shore


    Often there are local families here for picnics and fishing. The shoreline is covered with active and lithified sand dunes. Waves have deeply undercut the sea cliffs below the dunes.
  • Ke'e Beach

    North Shore


    This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. Located literally at the end of the road, Ke'e Beach is probably the most visited beach on Kauai.
  • Kealia Beach

    East Shore


    This white sandy beach is about one half mile long and is a local surfing and body boarding beach. Swimming also can be good here when conditions allow. The northern end of this beach is generally calmer and better for swimming and body boarding.
  • Kekaha Beach

    West Shore


    This private long white sand beach is is popular fishing spot also well known for great sunsets and beach combing. This is officially the longest stretch of white sand in the state of Hawaii. From this beach there is a view of Niihau Island and Lehua rock
  • Kepuhi Beach

    North Shore


    You will find soft tumbling waves that come close to shore at this beach. They break further out due to the reef and the water is pretty shallow near the shore. The current can tend be strong, so pay special attention as you swim or go in the water furthe
  • Kiahuna Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is a popular beach for beginner surfers, snorkelers and body boarders. You may see others getting first time lessons. The water is usually fairly clam inside the reef. Outside the reef surfers ride the waves, and the water gets much more choppi
  • Kilauea Bay

    North Shore


    This bay is where the Kilauea stream meets the ocean. The beach here is Kahili Beach and is a poplar surfing spot. The bay is calm and a good fishing or kayaking spot. The stream has a slow current, and many times the wind will blow you up or downstream.
  • Lawai Beach

    South Shore


    This beach fronts the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant. The Beach House restaurant is reason enough to visit this beach. But make sure you make reservations far in advance of your trip and try to time your meal with the sunset, they are a
  • Pakala (Infinities) Beach

    West Shore


    This beach is best known for it's surf break known as infinities. The nickname was given because the waves seem to ride "forever". The water is murky very silty, and the beach itself it muddy and not desirable for swimming.
  • Poipu Beach

    South Shore


    Poipu literally means "crashing waves" in Hawaiian. Poipu beach is located near the southern-most tip of Kauai. The beaches in this area are favorites for snorkeling and scuba diving. This beach consistently receives national and worldwide awards and is k
  • Polihale Beach

    West Shore


    This beach's is famous for it's gigantic 7 mile white sand shoreline. When rain comes to the west shore, it usually misses this lovely beach. Try a sunset here and watch the sunset set over Ni'ihau Island.
  • Prince Kuhio's (PK's) Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is a favorite for surfers. When the water is calm, snorkeling can be really nice (usually in the winter). Shore is small and narrow, not a great beach for shore activities. Some times of the year, the sand is nearly all under water.
  • Pu'u Poa Beach

    North Shore


    Pu'u Poa Beach is mainly used by guests of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the Hanalei Bay Resort. Hanalei Bay Resort guests can take the steep and paved path that leads to the beach (or use the resort's shuttle). Guests of the St. Regis Princeville
  • Rock Quarry Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is easily identifiable because of the nearby Kilauea River and rock quarry. It's no longer a working quarry, but is still fun to explore. The beach has a large calm area which is great for swimming, but can be a bit murky.
  • Salt Pond Beach Park

    West Shore


    Salt Pond Beach Park is a wide, reddish-golden sand pocket beach on Kauai's south shore that is generally safe for swimming all year round. At both ends of the beach are rocky outcrops; a natural rock ridge connects the outcrops, creating a small lagoon.
  • Secret (Kauapea) Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is perhaps more well known by it's nickname, Secret Beach but in Hawaiian is known as Kauapea Beach. However, many locals simply call this beach Secrets for short. This 3,000 foot long north shore beach is known for its size, privacy, and scene
  • Shipwrecks Beach

    South Shore


    This sandy beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It's usually sunny and a good family beach.
  • Tunnels (Makua) Beach

    North Shore


    The post-card scenery of Tunnels Beach offers a wide crescent shaped golden sand beach, shady ironwood trees and views of the Bali Hai and lush jungle mountains.
  • Waikoko Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is small and relativity hidden along the highway at the end of Hanalei Bay, can be the perfect spot in the summer for those looking for a tranquil place to sunbathe. Getting to the beach from the highway is a little tricky because you have to
  • Wailua Beach

    East Shore


    This beach is at the mouth of the Wailua River and is a popular surf and kite board location. The water can be murky and the parking is limited. The beach is located at the mouth of the only navigable river in the State of Hawaii, the Wailua River. Wailua
  • Waioli Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is located at about the middle of the two mile long crescent-shaped bay of Hanalei Bay. Waioli Beach Park is is fronted by a large grass lawn and plenty of shady areas for relaxing in the white sand. The waves are often good for surfing along t

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