I enjoy swimming and Kauai is a great place to do it. You can swim in the ocean year round here. The water may get a little cooler in winter months, but you can still swim without having to wear a wetsuit. We do have surf, so on those days you have to choose your spot carefully.
One great place to swim – all year, even in times of surf – is Anini Beach. Anini is protected by Hawaii’s third largest reef. At 2 miles long, it is one of the longest and widest fringing reefs in Hawaii. Because of this, it helps protect the area between the reef and the beach and keeps Anini Beach Park calm year round. It’s a popular spot for swimmers. There’s even a buoy set up for lap swims.
I’ve enjoyed swimming there because it’s a great place to swim but also because you never know what you get to swim with. I recently purchased one of those little affordable underwater video cameras, so here’s a little snippet of my “Anini swim buddies”. Mind you, my video experience is rudimentary at best – shooting and editing – but I hope you enjoy what I get to see every time I swim.
Although Anini is calm most of the time, at times of high surf, there can be rip currents running through the area. There are no life guards on duty. Consult with a lifeguard prior to swimming in our waters – and we always recommend swimming or snorkeling where lifeguards are present.