Fun in the Sun on the Garden Island
You’ve probably seen lists of Kauai’s “Best Beaches” and other variations including best beaches for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, beach walks and more. Here we focus on the beaches that provide the most scenic settings for your vacation adventures on the Garden Island of Kauai.
Hanalei Bay – A great place for a beach walk along the crescent-shaped shoreline, Hanalei Bay takes in great views of the north shore mountains including the three prominent peaks – Hihimanu, Namolokama and Mamalahoa – all towering over charming little Hanalei Town and the relatively well-protected, blue waters of Hanalei Bay. Take a walk out onto Hanalei Pier at sunset and you can gaze down the coastline toward Lumahai and Haena with Bali Hai (Makana Mountain) in the distance. This is a great place to watch the sunset.
Secret Beach – This exquisite expanse of coast includes a great view of the Kilauea Lighthouse up on the peninsula bluff that also happens to be the northernmost point in the Hawaiian Islands. The water is notably clear and pristine at Secret Beach, and it is a well-known spinner dolphin resting place where early risers are often treated to captivating views of the marine mammals arching above the water and leaping from the surface doing flips and spins!
Polihale – The sheer vastness of the sandy expanse of beach at Polihale qualifies this beach as one of Kauai’s most scenic. On one end of the beach are the first cliffs of the renown Na Pali coastline while in the other direction you will see only miles of uninterrupted beach stretching toward the famed Barking Sands. This is a remote area and the beach is unprotected from the open ocean so swimming is not recommended.
Mahaulepu – A south shore coastal hike will bring you to this remote and scenic beach with limestone and lava formations and a rare sinkhole where scientists have found many preserved bird fossils from ancient times. Due to ocean currents and the remoteness of this area, swimming is not recommended. The trail to Mahaulepu begins at Shipwreck Beach so at the end of your hike you can enjoy a swim. Stay safe by following Kauai safety tips for the ocean as well as the land.
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