Beaches

Lawai Beach

This beach fronts the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant. Sometimes this is called the Beach House Beach. The Beach House restaurant is reason enough to visit this beach. But make sure you make reservations far in advance of your trip and try to time your meal with the sunset, they are amazing.

This beach is a popular surf and body boarding spot. If you don't wish to participate, you can watch from the shore, or the grass area next to the beach house. Look for experienced surfers catching waves past the reef.  Snorkeling can also be good here (small pool near the rock wall) when the ocean is calm and the water clear. Turtles and seals are common here also.

Kukui`ula Small Boat Harbor

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This is a very small beach but also as mall boat harbor that is popular with both recreational and commercial boaters. At the back of the harbor is a sheltered, sandy beach. However most of the sand came from somewhere else. This was one of the conditions imposed by Kauai County on the Kukui‘ula Development Co. before they could build a planned resort and residential development was to improve the beach at the harbor. This planned luxury resort is just up the road towards Kolo'a.

During the enhancements loose rocks, shoreline debris and scrub vegetation were removed. This nearly doulbed the beach area and created room for an additional 500 cubic yards of sand. Floats, indicating the swimming area, are planned. 

You will find ledge rocks that are exposed at the shoreline and most of the swimming here has a rocky bottom. The water here is sheltered by a breakwater and is calm in all but the strongest of south swells. Facilities are available in the adjacent harbor park. Beachgoers may use the harbor parking lot or park along Lawa‘i Road, which usually has parking.

Kiahuna Beach

Kiahuna Beach is a section of the popular Poipu Beach, right in front of Kiahuna Plantation Condos. Poipu Beach park is on one side and Lawai beach is on the other. This beach is sometimes also called Sheraton Beach, or by mistake Poipu Beach.

This beach is popular for beginner surfers, snorkelers, and body boarders. You may see others getting first time lessons. The water is usually fairly clam inside the reef. Outside the reef surfers ride the waves, and the water gets much more chopping. This beach doesn't have shade, but you can bring an umbrella to stay out of the sun.

It's easiest to park at Poipu Beach Park.

Poipu beach

Poipu literally means "crashing waves" in Hawaiian. Poipu beach is located near the southern-most tip of Kauai. The beaches in this area are favorites for snorkeling and scuba diving. Water is shallow here and hard to swim in some areas. Surfing can be seen off the western break, and is close enough to watch from the shore.

This is certainly the south shore's busiest beach. With parking, facilities and nearby resorts, this beach is most likely packed any day of the week.

A protruding sand bar with rocks is a neat place to explore. However watch for crashing waves.
This beach consistently receives national and worldwide awards and is know for it's calm waters.

Brennecke's Beach

This beach is next to Poipu Beach on Kauai's south shore. Brennecke's Beach is a small sandy cove right off the road and is popular for body boarding. The waves are pretty consistent here and break both close and further from the shore which suits both beginning and advanced body boarders. Surfing is not allowed near the shore so body boarders don't have to compete for waves with surfers.

There is not much room for other beach activities, but mom and dad, friends or your spouse can catch some rays as they watch from the shore. There is no lifeguard, so it's nice to have someone keeping an eye on you. This beach is also a short walk from Poipu Beach, which is packed on nearly all days of the week. Split your time between the calm waters of Poipu and the waves at Brennecke's without moving the car.

Body Boarding
You can drive by and get a good feel for the waves without leaving your car. If the waves are good, don't waste any time, get your fins, sunblock and board and hit the water. The waves can be epic, however, be careful to watch for fellow wave riders, since it can it crowded. Also steer clear of the rocks to the right of the beach, as the sandy shore is a much more forgiving landing area after a long amazing body board ride.

It's very common to see turtles. In fact sometimes it's a challenge to make sure you don't bump into them, or catch their wave (kidding about their wave). Sea turtles hang out among the body boarders, and sometimes will surprise you when they surface. 

Make sure to grab hold of your gear. If you loose a fin or a wedding ring, there is no chance you'll get them back.

Nearby are a few restaurants which make for a great lunch spot to stop, eat and watch some waves!

Facilities: Head on over to nearby Poipu Beach Park for showers, restrooms and more.

Maha`ulepu Beach

The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.

Mahaulepu Beach is great spot for exploring. The water is usually calm due to a protective reef and shallow water. The name Mahaulepu means "falling together," as in two warriors falling in battle. 

When King Kamehameha attempted to invade Kauai in 1796, many of his war canoes were sunk during a storm in the channel between Oahu and Kauai. However, a few managed to land here on the beach. The warriors who made it to shore were exhausted. Kauai's defenders caught them sleeping near their canoes just before dawn, and slaughtered all but a few. Those who escaped, fearful of facing Kamehameha's wrath, paddled all the way to the Big Island.

Shipwrecks Beach

This sandy beach also known as Keoneloa Beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It's usually sunny and a good family beach. The movie "6 Days and 7 Nights" was filmed in part at this location which is right in front of the Hyatt Regency. Just on the other side of the lithified sand dune called Makawehi Point (a popular fishing site) is Mahaulepu Beach.
Shipwreck's beach was nick named for an old, wooden shipwreck that has long since disappeared. Hiking in this area is excellent along the cliffs and beach. Swimming, however, should be left to only the most skilled due to strong currents and high surf. Surfers, boogie boarders, body surfers and windsurfers greatly enjoy the challenge that this beach presents.