Kauai Beach Spotlight: Kauai North Shore Beaches
Protected by Hawaii’s largest coral reef, Anini Beach is a tranquil sandy stretch for family fun and beach activities like windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, and family activities. The long reef’s calm waters and great winds make this an amazing windsurfing and kite surfing destination on the North Shore. With a high bluff above lined with expensive homes, this beach is a beautiful spot for sunbathing and camping. The water on one side of the beach is about 4 feet deep and cascades to over 100 feet on the other side. Windsurfing lessons and rentals are available.
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 beach that rings Hanalei Bay is an amazing ocean playground for swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking, fishing and watching the sun set. This long beach is a legendary surf spot and wonderful destination for family activities and is within walking distance of the town of Hanalei. Hanalei Pier is a top fishing spot where the Hanalei River meets the ocean.
One of the most photographed beaches in Kauai, known for its role in the movie South Pacific, this gorgeous, huge, white sand beach is one of Kauai’s most beautiful and dangerous. Lava rocks along the mouth of the beach create a waterfall as the surf breaks and recedes over the rugged terrain. The steep sand slope creates a powerful undertow and wild waves that break directly on the sand. Like most north shore beaches, summer time provides the best conditions for swimming, surfing and enjoying this beach. The long, wide, crescent beach offers gorgeous scenery, but strong currents and fierce waves make swimming and surfing left to the experts. [Top]
Located at the end of the road at the trailhead for the famous Kalalau Trail, this calm, picture-perfect beach – edged by towering sea cliffs – offers incredible views and sunsets of the NaPali coast. One of the most visited beaches in Kauai, Ke’e's gorgeous sand is protected from the rough waves from a gentle ocean lagoon, which makes this beach an excellent spot for swimming, snorkeling, scuba and diving. The beach offers panoramic vistas of the entire NaPali Coast and is a great spot for reef fishing. Walk down the path to the reef along the low rock wall and look up to see an ancient religious site
Surrounded by incredible mountains and extending from Hanalei Colony Resort to Ha’ena Beach Park, this beautiful 2-mile white sand beach offers superb snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and windsurfing. The huge half-moon shaped reef and deep water caverns just off shore offer amazing snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. The beach is also a superb place for surfing, windsurfing, and sunset watching! [Top]
Commonly known as Secret Beach, this long expanse of white sand is a popular nude beach accessible by a dirt trail. Swim with dolphins in the summer and enjoy surfing and body boarding the great waves. From this beach, you can see the Kilauea lighthouse and Moku’ae’ae Island.
Kahili Quarry Beach.
Known as Rock Quarry Beach, this beach is where Kilauea Stream meets the ocean. It is a great beach for kayaking, fishing (on the Kilauea River), body boarding, and surfing.
Only reached by boat or on foot on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, Kalalau Beach is an oasis for adventurous hikers looking for paradise on the Na Pali Coast. The long trail is wet and muddy, but the peaceful and secluded beach is worth the trek. [Top]