This beach is one of the only Kauai beaches without a Hawaiian name. This beach used to have a large black pot that was used to cook fish for celebrations. This is how it got it’s name. Black Pot Beach is part of the Hanalei Bay beaches and is packed with locals every weekend. You will see tents and tarps setup for picnics, fires and BBQs. Further up from the water, there is a large grass lawn area with picnic tables and shade for relaxing. Behind this grass area there are places you can rent surfboards and stand up paddle boards. The mouth of the Hanalei River feeds into the ocean at this beach.
Access to this beach is a breeze as you can drive right up on the beach. Many locals back up their trucks and cars to set up a day camp on the beach.
Sunsets at this beach are a popular evening activity. The beautiful backdrop of the pier and the surrounding mountains make it mystical and wonderful. Watching the sun set over the ocean here, is truly amazing. Back your car or truck right up to the ocean, pull out a few chairs and eat dinner, desert or share a drink here. It’s free, and arguably beats the view from any restaurant in the area. Please make sure to keep the beach clean by picking up your trash.
Kids love this beach and you’ll see them playing in the water here why their parents socialize and BBQ dinner with other locals.
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 Resort can take the elevator to the ground level and you are there! If you’re not a guest at either one of the two resorts, you take the almost 200 steps that start near the public parking lot. This public lot is located near the entrance of the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the right. Pu’u Poa Beach is the longest beach near the St. Regis 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.
You will most likely see swarms of snorkelers out and about, however, we haven’t had good luck at this beach. It’s usually very shallow in summer months, and leaves little room for fish or aquatic life to see. If you get further out, you may have better luck, but beware the currents of Hanalei Bay. Since it’s shallow and near the mouth of the Hanalei River, it can be pretty murky.
The view from this beach is hard to beat. Looking over the famous Bali Hai point and lush mountains just doesn’t get old. You can also rent paddle boards, and other surf apparatus from the St. Regis staff by the pool.
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.
This beach is small and relativity hidden along the highway at the very 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 climb down an embankment. There’s a winter time surf break you may find a surf break just off the reefs. Beware as it’s known to be larger and rougher than other nearby surf breaks.