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Kauai Beaches

With 143 miles of coastline, Kaua'i boasts more beaches per mile than any other Hawaiian island. Enjoy surfing, body boarding, windsurfing, snorkel, or just lay back and enjoy the beauty. A word of caution concerning beaches in Hawaii.  Surf can be high and currents can be strong.  Please check conditions before swimming.

Kuhio Shores Area     Southern Coast    Northern Coast    Eastern Coast    Western Coast

Beaches around the Kuhio Shores Condominium (our place)

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Hoai Beach - The condominium lanai overlooks Hoai Beach in Hoai Bay.  The beach is a launching place for individual and organized snorkeling tours.  It is famous for the endangered green sea turtles inhabiting the area, and is a site often used by local fishermen.  Sit on your own private lanai and watch the turtles surface, the snorkelers swim, and local fishermen spearing and netting fish off the beach.  

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Beach House Beach - Adjacent to the Kuhio Shores Condominium property is Beach House Beach.  This beach has a Western exposure and is used for sunbathing by many.  There also is good snorkeling at this beach.  One also can watch a beautiful sunset from the beach or pull up a chair on the lawn outside the restaurant (Beach House) and watch the sun set.  They are beautiful!

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Hoona Beach - This beach, often called baby beach, is one block east of Kuhio Shores Condominium off Hoona road (5 minute walk).  It is located in a residential neighborhood but has open access (all beaches are public in Hawaii) via well marked walkways (one on right past 2nd house and the other past the 6th house).  The beach is protected from the surf and its shallow, gentle waters are great for children.  The beach is secluded so it is not bad for adults either.

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Other Beaches on the Southern Coast, Poipu
 
bullet Poipu Beach - A long stretch of sandy shoreline. Great snorkeling, body boarding & swimming. From the condo turn right to round about (0.6 mi.).  Take first road to right (Poipu Road) and pass Poipu Shopping Village (on left).  Turn right at sign and the beach is straight ahead.
 
bullet Brenneke's Beach - Located just east of Poipu Beach (300 yds).  Good surfing and body surfing in summer. 
 
bullet Keoneloa Beach "Shipwreck" Beach - Located behind Kauai Hyatt Hotel and Resort.  Public parking access is the first right turn immediately past Hyatt entry. Drive past the golf club house.  Parking is limited.
  
bullet Maha'ulepu Beach - One of our favorite beaches.  It is close to the condo (10 minutes), unspoiled by construction and private.  The waters are subject to strong currents so check conditions. Access is possible only by crossing private land. Drive down Poipu Rd. (past the Hyatt Hotel).  The road changes to a dirt road.  Follow to the stop sign. Turn right.  There is a gatehouse, which closes at sundown or thereabouts (check sign).  Drive straight past gate to the beach.  You enter a parking area and there is a road on the left side of the parking area.  It leads to another section of the beach.  You can park in the first lot and walk over to the beach, or drive down the road to the other section.  This is very private beach.  You will see no hotels or condominiums here.  Their are Ironwood trees at the back for those who like to be at the beach but want to be out of the sun.  Great beach!

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Northern Coast
 
bullet Donkey Beach - Very private beach where nude sunbathers may be seen (public nudity is illegal in Hawaii, but it is not actively enforced in isolated areas).  Few people frolic at this beach, which we like. Summer is great because the seas are calmer and the beach is much wider than in the winter.  At the back of the beach are low trees that provide cover for privacy and welcome shade from the intense sun.  Swimming is not recommended, as currents can be strong.  Directions: Turn right as you leave the condo and drive to Lihue.  Continue straight through Lihue and turn left at the dead end (continuation of hwy 56).  Just past the 11 mile marker (0.3 mi) you will see an entry for a new subdivision called Kealia.  Park just past the entry and walk across the open ground toward the ocean (You can't see Donkey Beach from the main highway). You will walk about 1/2 mile before you reach a dirt cane road.  Turn left and walk along the road.  You will spot the beach about 1/4 mile down the road.  It is a bit of a hike but if you want privacy, it is worth the walk.
 
bullet Kauapea Beach - Commonly known as Secret Beach, this long expanse of white sand is also a popular nude beach (public nudity is illegal in Hawaii, but it is not actively enforced in isolated areas). In the summer you can swim with dolphins or enjoy body boarding among the waves during calm conditions. Check conditions before entering, as currents can be strong in high surf.  In the winter, it is definitely too rough for swimming.  From here you'll see the Kilauea lighthouse and Moku'ae'ae Island. It is a beautiful beach that is worth the effort required to get to it; however, during the summer, there will be quite a few people at the beach.  Directions: Turn right as you leave the condo and drive to Lihue.  Continue straight through Lihue and turn left at the dead end (continuation of hwy 56).  After you pass the 23 mile marker look for Kahiliwai Road.  Turn right and drive 0.1 mile.  Turn right and follow the road to parked vehicles.  Find a spot.  You will have to walk about 1/2 mile to the beach (mostly down hill but a pretty steep climb coming back).  About 200 yards into the trail, you will come to a fork.  Turn right.  This part of the trail is well kept with steps heading down.  The total walk is about 1/2 mile. 
bullet 'Anini Beach - This is a County beach with camp sites available.  It is protected by the largest reef in Hawaii. Snorkeling and swimming are excellent. Directions:  Continue past the turn off for Secret Beach to 2nd Kalihiwai Rd. Turn right and drive 0.2 mi.  Turn left at Anini Road.  Follow to the beach.  
 
bullet Lumaha'i Beach - One of the most photographed beaches in Hawaii.  It is best known for its starring role in the movie South Pacific. Swimming in the summer is ok if surf is quiet. Currents can be strong with high surf.  Swimming in the winter is not recommended.  Directions:  Highway 56 changes to Highway 560 at the Princeville Shopping Center (mile marker 28 on Highway 56).  The mile markers change at this point (0 at the 28 mi marker).  Continue to 4 mi marker on Hwy 560.  0.8 mi past the 4 mi marker are a couple of parking areas on the right.  Past the second, a trail heads down to the beach (about 1/4 mi walk).  
 
bullet Hanalei Bay - Beautiful spot for watching the sunset. Swimming is safe year-round. Drive into Hanalei on Hwy 560.  Turn right on Aku Rd. to Weke Rd.  Turn right and you will see the beach access.  There is a life guard on duty here.
 
bullet Tunnels Beach - Great snorkeling. Scuba diving and windsurfing are excellent also. This can be a crowded beach, especially on weekends.  Directions:  Drive through Hanalei to the 8 mi marker.  0.4 mi past the 8 mi marker turn right and look for parking (this access is just past the YMCA camp and and immediately after the yellow "Narrow Bridge" sign.)  If parking is not available here continue another 0.2 mi for a second access point.
  
bullet Ke'e Beach - Small beach, protected and calm. During the summer swimming and snorkeling are excellent; however, currents can  be strong if surf is high.  Conditions are much more dangerous during the winter. Directions:  Drive to the end of the road on highway 560.  The beach is located at the end of the parking lot at the trail head for Kalalau.

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Eastern Coast

bullet Hanama'ulu Beach - Popular camping area. Hanama'ulu Stream empties into the bay, making the water murky. Swimming, fishing. Turn toward the ocean off Kuhio Hwy (56) at Hanama'ulu, bear right at the fork and follow the road to the end.
 
bullet Kalapaki Beach - A sheltered cove allows for excellent swimming, windsurfing & body boarding year-round. Access at the bottom of Wa'apa Road in Lihu'e.
 
bullet Ninini Beach/Running Waters - Located below the Mariott. Walk through the 13th green and take the steep trail to the bottom. Good snorkeling on calm days.
 
bullet Wailua Beach - Popular with the surfers, the Wailua River flows into the ocean here sometimes causing hazardous conditions. Access it by pulling off the Kuhio Hwy. once you've crossed the river (if you're coming from the south).
 
bullet Nukoli'i Beach Park - Less crowded than most, this 2-mile beach runs from along the front of the Wailua Golf Course. Swimming, snorkeling (when water is calm). Access the southern portion of the beach by driving up the dirt road between the golf course and the Outrigger Kaua'i Beach Hotel entrance.
 
bullet Lydgate State Park - Excellent swimming, snorkeling (beware of strong currents), lava pool. Playground, picnic area, shallow water area great for kids. Access is off Leho Drive just north of the Wailua Golf Course.

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Western Coast

bullet Polihale State Park - Sand dunes, 15-mile beach. Surfing for experts only. Swimming not recommended.  Access is through the military reserve.  It is a private beach (not many people visit) at the start of the Na Pali coast on the southern side.  Really beautiful!
 
bullet Kekaha Beach - A continuation of the beach that starts beneath the cliffs at Polihale. Swimming is not recommended as it is subject to strong currents but the beach is beautiful and private. Access directly off Kaumuali'i Hwy (50).

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