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Best Kauai Beaches

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Here's a few of the best Kauai beaches.
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Anini Beach
This beach is one most protected along the North Shore of the Kauai. A reef runs the entire length of beach.

Take Highway 56 past Kiauea. Cross over the Kalihiwai Bridge and then take a right on Kalihiwai Road (the 2nd road with this name). Then take a left on Anini Road and follow it to the beach.

Cliffs Beach
A very small beach in a hidden cove, it lies just below the Cliffs Resort (hence its name) in the resort community of Princeville on the North Shore.

From Kapaa, pass Kilauea town and cross the long Kalihiwai bridge. Take the first left, then the first right and head to the end of the road. There's a foot trail starting at the end of the

You can also take kayaks from the end of Anini Rd. Kayak about a mile west, Cliffs beach is the first cove after the point.

Kalapaki Beach
The crescent-shaped sand beach opens out to Nawilwili Bay, the Harbor and the Hoary Head Mountains.

The sand gently slopes and the bay is partially protected, making the beach very popular with locals and tourists.

Take Highway 50 to Highway 56 into Lihu'e. Turn right on Rice Road at Mile Marker #0. Access to the beach is from the Anchor Cove Shopping Center or through the Kauai Marriott Resort.

Kalihiwai Beaches
This beach fronts Kalihiwai Bay. During the summer months, the ocean is usually calm and swimming is good here. During the winter months currents are stron and not reccommended for swimming.

Take Highway 56 west from Kilauea toward Princeville. Turn right on Kalihiwai Road just before Mile Marker # 24. Parking is located near the end of the road.

Hideaways Beach
As the name says, this beach more secluded than some of the other beaches on Kauai. However, it is worth the 10 minute hike. Once at Hideaway Beach you will find two small beaches, separated by a small rock into the surf.

Highway 56 west to Princeville. Right on Ka Haku Rd. Just before the Princeville Hotel is a path to Hideaways Beach. The first section of the hike is a staircase. The second half is a trail. Total hike = approx. 10 minutes.

Mahaulepu Beach
Actually Three beaches, Kawailoa Bay, Haula Beach & Gillians Beach. Usually not too many people, which makes it kind of nice. This beautiful beach is popular with Kauai residents and visitors alike because it is so large, isolated and pristine. Mahaulepu is also a favorite Kauai destination for wind surfers and is frequented by surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, kayakers, fishing enthusiasts and get-away-from-it-all sunbathers.

Continue beyond the eastern end of Poipu Road where the pavement gives way to a dirt road until you reach a "T" intersection. Turn right and proceed to a security shack where you may be asked to produce an I.D. and sign a liability release.

Secret Beach
Clothing Optional Kauai Beach Just below the North Shore town of Kilauea, between the Kilauea Lighthouse and Kalihiwai Valley.

Driving from Kapaa on Kuhio Highway, pass Kilauea town and turn right on Kalihiwai Road. About 50 yards in, turn right into an unmarked, unpaved road and drive to the end where you can park and find the trail entrance. A moderate hike down will take you to the west end of the beach.

Shipwreck Beach
Near the Hyatt Kauai Hotel in Poipu/Koloa.

This is a good beach to sun. Waters are pretty rough to swim however.
Tunnels Beach
Great beach for snorkeling. Tunnels Beach is 2-miles long, running from Hanalei Colony Resort to Ha'ena Beach Park. The center portion has a huge half-moon shaped reef just 1/8 mile offshore where snorkeling is the best.

Take Highway 560 east from Hanalei toward Ha ena. Just past Mile Marker #8A you will see a dirt road which leads to the parking area.

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Note: Many of the Kauai and Hawaii Beaches have dangerous surf and rip tides. Especially in the winter months. Swim at your own risk. Please use caution. Only strong, and experienced swimmers should ever swim in the ocean.
Swim at your own risk. Please be careful

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