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 marked by Palama Buoy and is a popular diving destination. The only roads near Palama Beach are private cane haul roads.
Palama Beach borders Nomilu Fishpond. It is one of the largest fishponds in Hawaii due to a underwater volcanic cinder cone and covering about 20 acres. Nomilu Fishpond is actually a saltwater lake fed by natural springs, which turns the water brackish. The Palama family has owned the fishpond for many years and has lent their name to this nearby beach.
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Map & Directions
Palama Beach is a tough beach to get to and to get on to because of the permission required from Kauai Coffee. It's axiomatic that because of the difficulty getting access to this beach if you do make it - you'll find it quiet and generally deserted.
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