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South Shore Beaches



South Shore Beaches
South Shore

South Shore Beaches

The sunny South Shore of Kauai is home to historic Old Koloa Town and the more resort type town of Poipu. The south shore is usually sunny, when other shores may not be. 

Kauai's south shore is a wonderland of diversity, with excellent beaches for swimming and snorkeling, and a wealth of historical and scenic sites. This also is where you'll find the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the only garden of its kind to be chartered by Congress. Also, be sure to visit Spouting Horn, whose natural lava tube formations creates one of Kauai's more spectacular locations.

The collection of beaches along Kauaiā€™s south shore are some of the more beautiful on the island. Sunnier than other parts of the island, the beaches are a fine collection that runs from Brenneke to Polihale. Each offering something more perfect than the last and all within easy access of area resorts. South Shore is attracts surfers, divers, swimmers and others who have an opportunity to try one or all in search for a personal favorite.
  • Baby Beach (Ho'ona)

    South Shore Beach

    This small beach was given it's name because it's both small, and children friendly. The shallow waters are protected by large rocks, so the waves are usually small. It is shallow so wading is about all you can do in the water, depending on tide levels. I
    Baby Beach (Ho'ona): Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Beach Weddings
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Brennecke's Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Brennecke's Beach: Swimming, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Weddings
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Gillin's Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Gillin's Beach: Windsurfing, Body Boarding
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Haula Beach

    South Shore Beach

    This small pocket beach sits at the center of a large cove with a low, flat, rock shelf fronting the rest of the beach. Behind the beach are the highest sand dunes on the south shore. Adding to the rugged beauty of the area, waves have cut jagged edges, s
    Haula Beach: Fishing
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Kawailoa Bay Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Kawailoa Bay Beach: Picnics, Windsurfing, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Beach Strolls
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Keiki Cove Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Keiki Cove Beach: Swimming, Beach Weddings
    No Restrooms, Public Parking, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Kiahuna Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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
    Kiahuna Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Weddings
    Public Restrooms, Public Showers (Cold), No Lifeguard
  • Kipu Kai Beach

    South Shore Beach

    The majestic "Hoary Head" mountain ridge frames the golden sands of Kipu Kai beach, which is only accessible by boat.
    Kipu Kai Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Body Boarding
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
  • Koloa Landing

    South Shore Beach

    Koloa Landing has a horseshoe shaped reef with plenty of underwater life and tropical fish. It's actually an old boat launch but is now mainly used as a scuba and snorkeling spot.
    Koloa Landing: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Kukui'ula Harbor Beach

    South Shore Beach

    This is a very small beach but also as mall boat harbor that is popular with both recreational and commercial boaters. At the back of the harbor is a sheltered, sandy beach. However most of the sand came from somewhere else.
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Picnic Tables, No Lifeguard, Paved Road, Covered Pavilion
  • Lawai Bay

    South Shore Beach

    This beach backs up to the National Botanical Garden and is a breathtaking view of the south. Sunsets are great here. Access is tricky as you have to cross private property in order to access the beach. You can also kayak to the Kukui'ula Harbor which is
    Lawai Bay: Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Body Boarding, Kayaking
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Lawai Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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
    Lawai Beach: Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, Beach Weddings
    Public Restrooms, Roadside Parking, Public Parking (Limited), Public Showers (Cold), No Lifeguard, Paved Road
  • Maha'ulepu Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Maha'ulepu Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Hiking, Beach Exploring, Beach Strolls, Beach Weddings
    Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard
  • Nomilu Fish Pond

    South Shore Beach

    Nomilu Fishpond is bordered by Palama Beach. it is one of the largest fishponds in Hawaii and was created by a volcanic cinder cone. It's over 20 acres.
    Nomilu Fish Pond: Fishing
  • Palama Beach

    South Shore Beach

    This beach has a steep slope and a raised shelf of rock at the water's edge along most of its length. When the surf is high, the rocks create a good surfing break. A half mile offshore, Lanipu'ao Rock nearly breaks the surface of the ocean. It is marke
    Palama Beach: Scuba Diving
    No Restrooms
  • Poipu Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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
    Poipu Beach: Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paddle Boarding, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Strolls, Beach Weddings
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Public Showers (Cold), Lifeguard, Paved Road, Drinking Water, Playground, Covered Pavilion
  • Prince Kuhio's (PK's) Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Prince Kuhio's (PK's) Beach : Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Body Boarding
    Public Restrooms, Roadside Parking, Public Showers (Cold), No Lifeguard
  • Shipwrecks Beach

    South Shore Beach

    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.
    Shipwrecks Beach: Swimming, Fishing, Beach Exploring, Windsurfing, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Strolls, Beach Weddings
    Public Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Parking (Limited), Lifeguard, No Lifeguard, Paved Road, Drinking Water
  • Waiohai Beach Park

    South Shore Beach

    This is a section of Poipu Beach that fronts the Marriott Waiohai.
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Roadside Parking, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, Paved Road, Covered Pavilion

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South Shore Beaches Restaurants

  • The Beach House


    A great spot for food and a sunset. Make reservations well in advance, and check the sunset times so your evening is timed with the vivid orange and pink south shore skies. Food is good and service is fantastic.

South Shore Beaches Lodging

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