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Best Beaches on Kauai

Lydgate Beach
Lydgate Beach

Lydgate Beach's white sands are both a Kauai treasure and a family-friendly find. The calm waters are great for swimming and snorkeling, and beachgoers can also swim in two large pools separated from the beach by an artificial rock barrier. The inner pool's shallow water is perfect for young swimmers while the outer pool offers opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.

Poipu Beach
Poipu Beach

Once named America's Best Beach by the Travel Channel, Poipu offers whale watching from December through May and year-round snorkeling with colorful fish—including the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the state fish. Large honu, Hawaiian green sea turtles, also swim in these waters, but the beach is most famous for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals that sometimes sunbathe on the shore.

young surfer couple on beach
Kee Beach
Hanalei Pier Kauai
Hanalei Bay

Rated the Best Beach in the US for 2009 by Dr. Beach, Hanalei Bay is a 2-mile half-moon bay with white sand surrounded by majestic mountains and sea cliffs. This beautiful cove is an amazing ocean playground for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking, fishing and watching sunsets. This long beach is a legendary surf spot, and Hanalei Pier is a top fishing spot where Hanalei River meets the ocean.