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Swimming Beaches



Swimming Beaches

Swimming Beaches in Kauai

The warm is warm, the sand is soft and the beaches are amazing. But Kauai swimming requires more precautions than in lake or pool swimming. Dangers from currents and sea creatures may cause even a strong swimmer to panic, and waves make it more difficult to be seen. Recognize the dangers before entering ocean water and do your best to avoid them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Honopu (Cathedral) Beach

    North Shore


    You can't hike, boat or drive to this beach! Swimming is your only means of access. The swim to this beach is not easy feat. We recommend you wear fins and only attempt when surf is low. High surf brings dangerous rip tides and crashing ocean waves. Curre
  • Kahalahala Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is to the east of Lumahai Beach and by many is incorrectly referred to as Lumahai Beach or East Lumahai. However, it's technically a different beach called Kahalahala, which means Pandanus Trees in Hawaiian. It was made famous by the movie Sout
  • Kalalau Beach

    North Shore


    You will find this beach after a 11 mile hike along the Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast. This beach is fairly private due to the difficult trek to it. You can also get to this beach via boat. The trail that leads to this beach is considered the most
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keiki Cove Beach

    South Shore


    A great place to take toddlers and babies is Keiki Cove just down the road from Lawai Beach. A small strip of white sand, this little cove and beach are rarely used, have ample parking across the street.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kipu Kai Beach

    South Shore


    The majestic "Hoary Head" mountain ridge frames the golden sands of Kipu Kai beach, which is only accessible by boat.
  • Lydgate Park

    East Shore


    The best family-friendly beach on the island is Lydgate Beach Park in the town of Kapa'a, on the east shore.
  • Maha'ulepu Beach

    South Shore


    The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.
  • Milolii Beach

    West Shore


    There are two legal kayak landing areas along the coast. This is one of them! Kayak landings are prohibited at all other beaches in the park, including Honopu and Nu’alolo Kai.
  • Moloa'a Bay Beach

    East Shore


    The swimming at Moloa’a Beach is ok during calm seas, but when the tide is up you won’t want to swim here. For the best experience check out southeast side of the beach rather than the northwest side.
  • Nukolii Beach Park

    East Shore


    This beach is also known as Kawailoa Beach and offers two miles of white sand beach, which makes it the longest beach on the east shore of Kauai. The nearshore waters are shallow and somewhat rocky providing only fair swimming. Snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Pali Ke Kua Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is just adjacent to Hideaways Beach. Sometimes Pali Ke Kua and Hideaways are considered the same beach, but access is separate unless you swim, so we consider these two small but separate beaches. Hideaways Beach is accessed via a small, steep
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Queens Bath

    North Shore


    Along the path to Queen's bath you'll see interesting rocks in the associated stream. There are many spots along this trail to stop and take pictures of the waterfall and the stream.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • South Aliomanu Beach

    East Shore


    This beach is composed of two sections of beach north and south Aliomanu. It's a beautiful stretch of sand and one of the lesser-known beaches on Kauai. South Aliomanu beach is more popular and is used by local families for fishing and octopus hunting.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Swimming Beaches Safety

Please check with appropriate resources and authorities regarding beach conditions, tides, etc. Any statements or assessments of conditions are based solely on opinion and should NOT be considered expert advice.

Check with the lifeguard on surf conditions before swimming.   If lifeguards give you directions or instructions from the stand, obey them.

Never swim alone - use the buddy system.

Don't overestimate your swimming ability, especially early in the summer when the water is cold.    Swimming ability is severely decreased in cold water.

Judge your ability to participate in beach activities based on your swimming skills without the assistance of rafts and other flotation devices.

Never dive into shallow water, or water of unknown depth.

If you are confronted by a large wave and there is not enough time to get away from it, try to dive underneath the wave.  Keep your body as low as possible until the wave passes over you.  Timing is important, dive into the base of the wave just before it breaks.  Do not dive if the water is too shallow - instead crouch and keep a low body profile.

If caught in rip currents, relax and swim toward the shore at a 45-degree angle until you are free of the current.  If the rip currents are strong, swim parallel with the shoreline in the same direction as the littoral current and then swim diagonally toward the shore.
If you are not able to swim out of the currents, call  or  wave for help.

When body surfing, do not ride waves in a straight line toward shore. Instead, surf at an angle to the waves.  Stay away from the white water in the wave center to avoid going "over the falls."

Never swim while intoxicated.  Alcohol impairs judgement, unnecessary risks are taken and a swimmer will tire more easily, increasing the chance of an accident.