Kauai Beaches and Activities

Kauai Beaches

As you might expect with any Hawaiian island, Kauai has its fair share of gorgeous beaches. Whether you’re looking for white sands, powerful waves, or scenic shorelines, you’ll find it all here on Kauai beaches.

Kauai Beaches

Kauai Beaches and Activities

White sands are pretty rare on the continental states, but not on this tropical wonderland. On Kauai beaches, there’s 50 miles of the stuff!


Head to Hanalei Bay Beach for a half-ring of white sand, surrounded by another half-ring of mountainous cliffs. Talk about spectacular! This is perhaps the best place on the island to surf, as well—although those familiar with the beaches at Kalapaki, Kealia, and Kekaha may contest that claim. For more white sand and snorkeling opportunities, head to another north shore destination, Anini Beach Park.

There’s plenty of space for sunbathing, too, so no tanning beds necessary. For especially good rays, head up to Kee Beach, or head west to Salt Pond Beach Park or Kekaha. These locations are usually great for swimming, as well, since lifeguards are on duty. Nevertheless, be sure to ask first, since currents on Kauai beaches do get strong in the ocean waters. Kauai Beaches are waiting for you!


Kauai Ocean Activities 

When you think of Kauai, you probably think of skyscraping mountains, lush greenery, and perhaps even famous Waimea Canyon. But what you should never forget is the area around the island—namely, the Pacific Ocean. Here in Kauai, there are a number of ocean activities that will have you smiling ear-to-ear. 


Snorkeling, Paddling & Beach Combing

Starting At: $97.27/Person

Kayak, snorkel, beaches and rivers on this exciting journey to the Hanalei River and Bay.


standup paddle

Stand Up Paddling Lesson

Starting At: $57.20/Person

Learn the art of Stand Up Paddling during a one-hour lesson combined with a two-hour ride on your own board along the relaxing waters of Hanalei Bay.



Kayak & Snorkel Tour

Starting At: $67.20/Person

Kayak & Snorkel tour the incredible Hanalei River and Bay with a state-certified, water-trained guide. View Hawaiian nature up close. You will see river birds, sea turtles and colorful reef fish. FAMILY FRIENDLY!


One of the easiest things to do is to head to one of Kauai’s many beaches to soak in the sun and take a dip in the pristine ocean waves. Unlike most bodies of natural water that are cold and shocking to the system, the shimmering blue around Kauai beaches is warm and inviting. Typically, surface temperatures are in the mid-to-upper-70’s, and occasionally the 80’s, making it the perfect place to go for a dip. 

Hanalei Bay & Poipu Beach

Hanalei Bay

Where exactly to go is another question altogether, and it’s complicated by the fact that there are so many options. One popular stop is Hanalei Bay on the island’s north shore. This gorgeous two-mile stretch of beach is surrounded by mountains and offers an excellent place to go sailing, paddle boarding, or swimming. During the winter months especially, Hanalei Bay becomes popular for surfers, since the surf increases dramatically in size.  Other popular surfing spots are nearby Tunnels Beach and Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue. One- and two-hour lessons are available for novices, so don’t be shy!

poipu-beachAnother awesome beach is on the other end of the island at Poipu Beach. One of the best places to go snorkeling due to its clear waters, Poipu Beach features thousands of indigenous fish, including the humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the official fish of Hawaii. If you want to plumb the depths even more, then consider a scuba excursion. Options are available at a number of beaches, especially on the western and eastern shores. Alternatively, for those who want to stay above the surface, Poipu Beach is again a winner. It features unbelievable ocean sightseeing; from the coast, you can spot Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, and occasionally, humpback whales!

For another unique experience, Kauai offers the chance to kayak in the open ocean. Traveling along the 17-mile-long Napali Coast is especially popular, and provides visitors the unforgettable experience of taking in the lush green cliffs of northern Kauai. In fact, National Geographic once dubbed this experience the second best in the entire country! Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more leisurely, you should consider boating around the coast. A catamaran cruise, especially at sunset, is just the thing to banish all your anxieties; it also comes with the prospect of drawing closer to those humpback whales we mentioned earlier.

Kayak the Napali Coast

Na Pali Sea Kayak Adventure

Starting At: $234.56/Person

Enjoy Kauai’s Na Pali Coast! Glide past cute monk seals and friendly dolphins, while paddling along lush beaches and soaring waterfalls.


In conclusion, Kauai beaches are just the place to get to know the Pacific Ocean. The waters are warm and hospitable, the sights are renowned for their beauty, and the number of activities borders on the infinite. For a complete listing of Kauai Tours, Click Here

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