Experience the Spirit of Hawaii on Kauai's Magnificent Beaches

  • Kauai, Hanalei Bay & Pier

    Hanalei Bay is One of Kauai's Most Scenic and Well-known Destinations

    Golden beaches rim the shores of crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay. If this stunning view looks familiar, it is because this area has been used as a movie set in countless films across the decades, from South Pacific in 1957 to the recent Academy Award nominee The Descendants. In addition to incredible views and soft sandy beaches, Hanalei Bay is a favorite spot for kayaking. It is also famous island-wide as one of the best surfing spots on the Garden Isle, Kauai.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Poipu Beach Park

    Poipu Beach Park is Perfect for Family Fun

    The clear, calm waters at Poipu Beach Park, located on Kauai's sunny south shore, are perfect for families with children. The beach is protected by a breakwater, so it's a delightful spot to wade, snorkel, or search for sea shells in the sand.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Kite Surfers, Kapa'a Beach Park

    Kites Fly High over the Waves on Kauai's East Shore

    Watching others have fun is part of the fun of relaxing on Kauai's beaches. Located on the island's East Shore, the wide sandy strand at Kapa'a Beach Park is perfect for a picnic, a stroll, or watching the tireless kite surfers on a windy day.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Ke'e Beach

    Ke'e Beach and its Reef Lagoon Are Favorites Among Swimmers and Snorkelers

    Ke'e beach, located at the end of the road on the North Shore at the beginning of the famous Kalalau Trail, is one of Kauai's most popular beaches.  Also known as Ha'ena State Park, this beach is a swimming and sunbathing favorite. On calm summer days, the clear waters along the reef lagoon are a snorkeler's delight, with fish of all varieties--and astounding numbers of sea turtles-- to view.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Queen's Bath, Princeville

    Even a Beach with No Sand Can be a Magical Experience

    Queen's Bath is a natural pool carved by nature into a lava shelf located on the rocky shores near Princeville, on the North Shore. Swimmers delight in plunging into its clear, warm waters. Bring a mask and an underwater camera as colorful fish can often be seen dodging among the rocks.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Shipwreck Beach, Keoniloa Beach

    Enjoy a Late Afternoon Stroll on Keoniloa Beach

    This beautiful beach on the South Shore is also known as Shipwreck Beach, named for an old, unidentified wooden shipwreck that is long gone. Located steps away from the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, the beach boasts incredible views onto the cliffs at Makawehi Point, where one can often see foolhardy young men jump into the churning waves below. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Secret Beach

    Enjoy Vast Stretches of Golden Sand on Kauai's Kauapea Beach

    Kauapea Beach on the island's North Shore is also known by locals as the "Secret Beach." This stunningly beautiful strand is only accessible by a 15-minute hike on a footpath through the forest, so bring your walking shoes. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Hotel Guests watching Surf

    Sometimes Just Watching the Waves Is an Adventure

    Hotel guests enjoy watching the pounding surf on Makawehi Beach, after a refreshing dip in the resort pool.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Kalapaki Beach

    Sunset is a Perfect Time for a Run on the Beach

    Kalapaki Beach in Lihue is a lovely stretch of sand with calm waters ideal for swimming, body surfing, windsurfing and boogie boarding. Boasting a gently sloping sand bottom in a protected harbor, it is perfect for beginning swimmers and families with children. This picturesque beach is adjacent to the Marriott Kauai Beach Club Resort.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Beaches of Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

    Kauai's Remote Beaches Await the Adventurous Traveler

    For the truly adventurous, a visit to the pristine beaches of the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park ranks among the top experiences when visiting the Garden Isle. These remote beaches are only accessible by hiking the rigorous Kalalau trail (a 2-day undertaking), or by kayak in summer months only, with permit. There are also several commercial tour companies that offer the visitor an unforgettable sail to these secluded beaches.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, East Shore Beach

    Kauai's Beaches Help You Forget the Stresses of Life

    This is one of many beaches lining Kauai's East Shore that invite you to forget the stresses of daily life.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Brennecke Beach

    Kauai's Brennecke Beach is a Boogie Boarder's Delight

    Brennecke Beach in Poipu is the perfect spot for both beginning and advanced boogie boarders. The waves tend to break both far away and close to shore for the ultimate boarding experience.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Lydgate Beach Park

    Beginning Snorkelers Will Discover a Colorful Underwater World at Lydgate Beach Park

    For those who may be afraid to venture out into the reefs of Kauai for an advanced snorkeling adventure, the  ocean pool at Lydgate Park provides an area protected by a ring of boulders that shields the swimmer from the ocean. That doesn't mean the view on the fish below isn't top notch. Beginning snorkelers will find a whole world of colorful tropical fish, including magnificent sea turtles, to amaze them. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Inspirational View on Beach

    Kauai's Beaches Inspire Reflection

    Kauai's beaches inspire reflection and promote a sense of tranquility among its visitors.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Lawa'i Beach and Beach House Restaurant

    Snorkelers Frolic at Lawa'i Beach in Poipu

    This tiny pocket of sandy beach offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling on Kauai's South Shore. The picturesque Law'ai beach is located adjacent to the famous Beach House Restaurant, which is situated directly on the shore and offers an award-winning cuisine of fresh seafood directly sourced from Island fisherman. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Hanakap'ai Beach

    Hanakapi'ai Beach is the First Stop on the Kalalau Trail

    A father and daughter relax and enjoy the waters of Hanakapi'ai Beach, a secluded strand that is only accessible  by walking the majestic Kalalau Trail.  

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Hanakapi'ai Beach

    The Golden Expanse of Hanakapi'ai Beach Awaits the Hiker

    Those able to make the trek from Ke'e Beach on the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach will be rewarded with incredible views of the Na Pali Coast. The flora and fauna along the coast is a photographer's dream, so be sure to take along your camera. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Rainbow Over North Shore Beach

    You'll Find Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the Magical Island of Kauai

    Rainbows are always popping up over the skies of Kauai, at any time of the year, and make for a perfect photo opportunity.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Kauai, Sunset Over Poipu

    Sunsets in Kauai Mark the End of a Perfect Day

    No matter where you are on Kauai's South or West Shores, vibrant sunsets will mark the end of a perfect day--and the beginning of a wonderful evening on the Garden Isle.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona