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 of Kauai. White sand shores are protected from high surf by a reef. The ocean bottom has a few pockets of sand, so kids can swim here. There is a surf break at the outer edge of the reef providing for calmer waters.
Today, Donkey Beach continues to be visited as a good beach for sunbathing. It is not excellent for swimming or snorkeling since the water is choppy and rough. When conditions are good, surfers and bodyboarders can be seen at the beach. Because of its popularity, Donkey Beach is no longer as secluded as it had been years ago.
The beach has been referred to as Donkey Beach for a long time. The official name is Paliku, however it is also called Kuna Beach and Kumukumu Beach. It was nicknamed Donkey Beach after the mules that were present in a pasture nearby used for hauling cane (some claim there were never any Donkey’s near the beach, just mules).
To get to the beach requires about a 15 minute walk from the parking area.
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 sanctuary for exotic wildlife.
Once the town of Kealia was a thriving plantation town, with a train depot and at the nearby landing an inter-island steamer would stop for passengers. Little is left today except a post office, store and of course a large beach. The word kealia means “salt encrusted”. Also, nearly every Hawaiian Island has a beach or stretch of sand called Kealia.
This beach is made up of two sections of beach: north and south Aliomanu. It’s a beautiful stretch of sand, although it is one of the lesser-known beaches on Kauai. South Aliomanu beach is the more popular of the two and is used by locals for fishing, octopus hunting and seaweed harvesting right off the offshore fringing reef. The south section of this beach also has a lagoon which allows for some swimming.
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 Beach usually has strong surf and equally as strong currents. Access to this beach is easy but parking can be difficult and conditions are not ideal for swimming.
- Lydgate Beach
Waipouli Beach and Waipouli Beach Park are separate but adjacent beach locations.
Waipouli Beach is between the Beachboy and Coconut Beach Resort. Good walking/jogging trail above the beach, however the water is usually not safe for swimming. The beach itself is long and fronts the Kauai Sands Hotel, Islander on the Beach and Aston Kauai Beach at Maka’iwa. The ocean bottom is rocky in most areas which is another reason swimming is not so good. However, the area is beautiful and on the southern end of the beach is a small cove where sea turtles can be seen near a rocky outcropping. A public access trail leads from the road to this cove. There is also a paved trail along much of the rest of the beach.
Waipouli Beach Park
Just north is the Waipouli Beach Park, which is not as scenic as Waipouli Beach. It is a gathering spot among local residents and popular fishing spot. There is a boat ramp and a pedestrian bridge that leads over a stream to the neighboring Kapa’a Beach Park. The swimming at Waipouli Beach Park is good when the ocean is calm especially nice for novice swimmers and children because the nearshore waters are shallow . A natural breakwater offshore acts as a barrier to incoming waves in one section of the beach (between Panihi Road and Makana Road). Waipouli Beach Park has the restrooms, parking, picnics and more, which you won’t find at Waipouli Beach.
Fuji & Baby Beach
Waipouli Beach Park is also called Fuji beach and baby beach, is a small beach that’s a great place for small children to play. A rocky sea wall creates a shallow tide pool where infants can play in. This is not the beach in front of the Waipouli Beach Resort which is located about half a mile south of here, and is called Waipouli Beach.