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North Shore Beaches



North Shore Beaches
North Shore

North Shore Beaches

On Kauai's north shore you'll discover some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. There's the Na Pali Coast, whose cliffs rise 4,000 feet above the ocean. And Lumahai Beach, where Mitzi Gaynor 'washed that man right out of her hair' in the movie South Pacific. The north shore also is home to the quaint town of Hanalei, one of the earliest areas to be settled by the ancient Pacific voyagers.

Beaches on the north shore of Kauai are numerous. The island is a wealth of crystal clear waters, sandy shorelines with inlets, private coves and more outcrops than other islands. The beaches on the north shore offer beauty and recreation that many others cannot match.

North Shore Safety
The North Shore is generally very calm in the summer, and much rougher in the winter. Use caution at all times but certainly during the larger waves and rough seas of the winter.
  • Anini Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Anini Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Picnics, Windsurfing, Beach Combing, Kitesurfing, Camping, Sunsets
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Roadside Parking, Public Parking (Limited), Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, Campsites, No Lifeguard, Paved Road, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Black Pot Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Black Pot Beach Park: Swimming, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Camping, Kayaking, Beach Strolls, Jogging, Sailing, Canoeing, Sunsets
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, BBQ Pits, No Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Cannons Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Cannons Beach: Surfing
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Haena Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Haena Beach Park: Picnics, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Camping
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Campsites, Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Hanakapiai Beach

    North Shore Beach

    Hanakapiai Beach is nestled in the Napali Coast and accessible mainly via the Kalalau Trail. It's is approximately 2 miles from the start of the Kalalau Trail.
    Hanakapiai Beach: Hiking, Beach Exploring, Camping
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion: Swimming, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, Beach Strolls, Jogging, Sailing, Canoeing
    Public Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Parking (Limited), Public Showers (Hot), Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Hideaways Beach

    North Shore Beach

    The Hawaii name for this beach is Kenomene, but it's usually just called Hideaways Beach, or the Pali Ke Kau beach. Hideaways isn't so hidden nowadays, but it's still a great Princeville beach to visit.
    Hideaways Beach: Snorkeling, Fishing, Sunbathing
    No Restrooms, Public Parking, Public Parking (Limited), No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Honopu (Cathedral) Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Honopu (Cathedral) Beach: Swimming
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Kahalahala Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Kahalahala Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Kalalau Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Kalalau Beach: Swimming, Hiking, Beach Combing, Camping, Nude Sunbathing
    Public Restrooms, Campsites, No Lifeguard
  • Kalihiwai Beach (Bay)

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Kalihiwai Beach (Bay): Swimming, Fishing, Picnics, Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, Beach Strolls, Jogging
    Public Restrooms, Roadside Parking, Picnic Tables, No Lifeguard
  • Ke'e Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Ke'e Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Hiking, Beach Exploring, Windsurfing, Sunbathing, Beach Strolls
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Public Parking (Limited), Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, Lifeguard, Paved Road, Drinking Water
  • Kepuhi Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Kepuhi Beach: Snorkeling, Beach Exploring, Windsurfing, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Kitesurfing, Beach Strolls
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Kilauea Bay

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Kilauea Bay: Swimming, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing
    No Restrooms, Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard
  • Larsen's Beach

    North Shore Beach

    Larsen's Beach is a remote and undeveloped beach on the north shore of Kauai between Moolaa Bay and Waiakalua. The beach is narrow and approximately two miles long.
    Larsen's Beach: Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Nude Sunbathing
  • Lumahai Beach (West)

    North Shore Beach

    This portion of Lumahai Beach usually has plenty of parking and is right off the highway. The Lumahai Stream, on the left, is sometimes cut off from the ocean during the summer due to large deposits of sand. In this case, cooling off in the fresh water of
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard
  • Pali Ke Kua Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Pali Ke Kua Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sunbathing
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Pila'a Beach

    North Shore Beach

    Pilaa Beach is a sparsely visited beach. It is difficult to access and since the nearshore ocean bottom is rocky, it's not a good beach for swimming. The beach is a good spot to just relax without the crowds, but since the trail to it is rocky, it's even
    Pila'a Beach: Snorkeling, Sunbathing
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Pu'u Poa Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Pu'u Poa Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Sunbathing, Surfing, Sunsets
    No Restrooms, Public Parking, No Lifeguard, Drinking Water
  • Queens Bath

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Queens Bath: Swimming, Beach Exploring
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Rock Quarry Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Rock Quarry Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Sea Lodge Beach

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is calm and fairly private, and is also known as Kaweonui Beach. Getting here requires a 1/2 mile hike through a moderate and sometimes slippery trail. However, once you arrive, this beach has great sand, shade and calm water. Large hala and ka
    Sea Lodge Beach: Snorkeling, Hiking, Sunbathing
    No Restrooms, Public Parking (Limited), No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Secret (Kauapea) Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Secret (Kauapea) Beach: Snorkeling, Fishing, Beach Exploring, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Nude Sunbathing, Beach Strolls, Jogging
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Tunnels (Makua) Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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.
    Tunnels (Makua) Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sunbathing, Surfing
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Turtle Cove

    North Shore Beach

    Lot's of Sea Turtles can be found at this small cove next to Queens Bath. Low tide is best for maximum turtle viewing!
    No Restrooms, Public Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Waiakalua Beaches

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is a popular fishing location made up of two beaches, Waiakalua Iki Beach and Waiakalua Nui Beach. Waiakalua Nui jis just slightly east and is covered with beach rock. A rocky point separates the beaches. This beach is dangerous for swimming an
    Waiakalua Beaches: Snorkeling, Fishing, Beach Exploring, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Beach Strolls
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard
  • Waikoko Beach

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Waikoko Beach: Fishing, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Wainiha Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    Wainiha Beach Park is known for it's year round lack of swimming. In face Wainiha means "unfriendly waters". This beach has no reef and it's simply too dangerous for most activities. However there is more to do at this beach than swim.
    Wainiha Beach Park: Fishing, Beach Combing, Beach Strolls, Jogging
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Waioli Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    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
    Waioli Beach Park: Paddle Boarding, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Strolls, Volleyball
    Public Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, Lifeguard, No Lifeguard
  • Wyllie Beach

    North Shore Beach

    This beach can be found at the end of the road past Anini Beach. However you usually have to ford the small stream to get to this small patch of sand. Those in princeville can hike or drive down a step road (Wyllie Road) to get to the other side of this b
    Wyllie Beach: Sunbathing, Camping
    Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard

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North Shore Beaches Restaurants

  • Bar Acuda(808) 826-7081

    5-5161 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, Hawaii 96714
    Great food, but for a price. This place has a great atmosphere, and is really one of the only nicer places to eat near Hanalei. Food is tapas style, which means eat person gets a few plates and shares. Food is great quality and the sangria is amazing. Hang out in the back, and watch the kitchen staff prepare meals and prep dishes. Certainly a great place to spend a evening, just bring your big bills. Reservations recommended.
  • Bubba Burgers(808) 826-7839‎

    5-5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714
    As you can imagine, this burger joint is popular with large american tourists. You will find a long line mostly during typical lunch and dinner time. The burgers are simple burgers. Some fans rave about them, but in reality they are just typical burgers. Lettuce and tomato are discouraged, and extra. They do offer other sandwiches at times such as pork or fish. Fries are nothing special. For a quick inexpensive and unhealthy meal, this fits the bill. Location is great, and plenty of tables to enjoy your dinner.
  • Hanalei Coffee Roasters(808) 826-6717

    5-5813 C Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 96714
    Mainly a coffee joint, they do have breakfast choices, pie and other food. This is a great spot to head when the rain is out. Grab a book, a cup of coffee or chai, and an amazing cookie (we like the coconut chocolate chip) and relax. Staff is great, and food is good. You can enjoy your treat before after or instead of a burger from bubba's.
  • Red Hot Mama's(808) 826-7266

    5-6607 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714
    Literally a hole in the wall place (in the shape of a doorway). This is one of two Mexican places on the north shore. Prices are average, and so is the food. If you are looking for a great authentic burrito this is as close as you will find on the north shore. There is usually a long line and very little parking. If you must have Mexican food, give this place a try otherwise, it's average. Works well as a spot on your way up to a north shore beach for the day. Burritos are large and plenty of food to share.

North Shore Beaches Lodging

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