The beaches of Kauai are the most beautiful I’ve seen in the world; they are wild, with majestic mountains and transparent deep blue water.
Here you’ll find a brief description of the beaches of Kauai that I visited.
Located at the end of the 560 road, the farthest beach in the north zone that can be accessed by car.
Before arriving you can stop to see the Maniniholo, Waikanaloa and Waikapalae caves.
It is a beautiful beach where you can spend the whole day; with reefs, ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing and relaxing in the shadows of the treetops.
The sunsets are beautiful.
This is also where the Kalalau Trail begins.
This is the first beach I visited because it was right in front of the house where I stayed during my first visit in Kauai, so for me it is one of the most special ones.
There are underwater lava tunnels, hence the name of the beach.
The walks on this beach can be endless.
If you want to swim or practice any other activity in the water, I do not recommend you to go to this beach, because its waters are dangerous.
I only went one day, and the waves were immense.
Nice beach to visit and walk, but dangerous to swim, since there are many currents.
This beach became famous in 1958 when Mitzi Gaynor sang the song “I’m Gonna Wash That Man right outta my hair” in the movie musical “South Beach”.
I went several times and the waves were always impressive, so the only thing I did was soak in the shore after practicing some yoga.
This beach is one of the most popular since access is very easy (it is parked on the beach) and its waters are very safe for swimming and surfing (ideal to go with children).
When you get there, there is a green area with palm trees and picnic tables.
The pier is a point of interest (a scene from the movie “Soul Surfer” was filmed here).
Kauapea Beach or Secret Beach
This beach, also known as Secret Beach, was one of my favorites during my first visit. Actually, all the beaches are beautiful but from my point of view, what makes the experience amazing is the people with whom you share it and the emotions lived there. Well, I have a memory of this beautiful beach.
Most of the information that I found on Internet about how to get to this beach is somewhat confusing. My advice is to use Google Maps and type “Secret Beach Parking”, that way the GPS while guide you directly to the parking and then you’ll have to walk about 5 minutes (the road is quite slippery) to reach the beach.
Once on the beach, I headed to the right. I walked for a while, crossing some rocky areas until I reached a beautiful empty spot.
Although I do not think it is officially recognized as a nudist beach, you’ll find naked people there.
If you come here I would also recommend visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:0pm.
The entrance fee is 5$. I went around 5pm. so it was already closed, however I could see it from the view point.
To access to this beach, leave the car in the car park you’ll find just before the St Regis Princeville Hotel. Then you’ll have to go down a very narrow stairs (usually people go up and down in groups, so the people from upstairs will wait until the people form downstairs are up, this way they avoid to get stocked in the middle of the way).
I went at sunset; it wasn’t hot, so I didn’t have a dip.
Instead, we met a cool surfer with whom we chatted for a while and we also enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
Pila’a beach was my favorite beach during my second visit to Kauai. It is very difficult to access and it is not ideal for swimming, but it is ideal for snorkeling.
Actually it is two beaches linked by a rocky area and I loved both.
The one that is more to the east, has a swing, ideal to take pictures.
The one that is closest to the western zone is totally virgin, so from the sea, you can only see nature. It’s gorgeous!
This is little-known beach about 2 miles long. Its waters are not the best for swimming; in fact, as you leave the car the first thing you’ll find is this signal.
Access is not easy; you have to walk down a long slippery descent full of vegetation. I love it! 😉
The beach is very nice and quiet. While I was there it was completely empty, so I got naked.
Obviously, it is another very beautiful beach. I loved it. Its waters are calmer and, for what I was told, it is one of the beaches where there is less rainfall, so on a rainy day it may be a good idea to get here.
I recommend stopping at Moloa’a Sunrise Juice Bar, which is just by the Koolau road, the road that you will have to take to get to the beach.
I drunk the Date with Fate with Ginger and it was delicious!!
And this is the end of my recommendation of beaches in the north of Kauai. The truth is that I loved all the beaches, but depending on what you are looking for, one is better than other.
Love and gratitude