Pu'u Poa Beach
This beach is framed by lush green mountains. The shoreline changes with the surf, narrowing in winter and widening during calm summer months. Pu'u Poa Beach is the longest beach near the Princeville Resort as it extends from the hotel all the way down to the Hanalei River. When the tide is low, a sandbar appears extending from the river to Black Pot Beach.
An offshore reef protects the beach, making it generally safe for swimming. The reef, however, is not enough barrier for the beach from winter swells.
During winter international surfers flock to Pu'u Poa Beach. The ocean water that breaks against the outer edge of the reef close to Hanalei River provides some of the best surf rides on Kauai. During calm summer months, the beach also offers some good snorkeling near the reef.