Kauai: Our Favorite Beaches

No.79

20th Mar 2014

We just got back from an amazing trip to Kauai, also known as The Garden Isle because of it’s natural lush and tropical beauty. We stayed on the North side of the island, which does get a bit more rain but the views and beaches are spectacular. Today I thought I would share some photos of some of the beaches we were able to visit, there are so many it would take some time to get to them all! What surprised us the most was that there weren’t many people on the beaches, awesome right, keeping in mind it isn’t high season but it sure was nice.

Wainiha Beach, Kauai

Located on the North side of the island and lucky for us, a 5 minute walk from our vacation rental home. The surf was a bit rough most days, so we didn’t stop to swim or snorkel here, but I’m sure on a calm day it would be good to go. This beach area does not have a lifeguard so being a smart and strong swimmer is a must, also knowing the conditions will help you make the right decision.

Wainiha Area, Kauai

Ok, so Waterfall Beach is not actually it’s name but we re-named it because this was our go-to beach. Located just up from Wainiha on your way to Kepuhi Beach on the North side of the island. It was calm and easy to swim in, not to mention stunning. This beach does not have a lifeguard.

Kepuhi Beach, Kauai

Located on the North side of the island, just keep walking along the beach towards the Na Pali Coast. Gorgeous beach with lava rocks and reefs to explore when the water is calm. Jeff and I really enjoyed walking along this beach in the tidal pools and reefs that acted like natural mini waterfalls as the waves crashed over them. This beach does not have a lifeguard.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

At sunset as we walked along Kepuhi Beach, the Na Pali Coast mountain range was a golden moment. This beach does not have a lifeguard.

Ke'e Beach, Kauai

A view from the Kalalau Trail above is Ke’e Beach, on a sunny calm day this beach would be excellent for snorkelling. The beach sand is soft and nice to walk on. Located on the North side of the island. This beach does have a Lifeguard station, also good for all the hikers if they get injured.

Larsen's Beach, Kauai

A bit of a walk in, but a fairly easy and short one (10 minutes or so) this was a beautiful beach with snorkeling if you are a strong swimmer. The waves were still pretty big and there was rip tides, so Jeff talked to someone who knew the area before heading in. There are cool reefs to explore but with a strong current you could end up getting thrashed into the reef. There are no lifeguards on duty here and signs warning you. I played with our daughter along the shore.

Po'ipu Beach, Kauai

Located on the South side of the island is Po’ipu Beach which is family friendly and busier. There are safe swimming areas that are monitored by Lifeguards. Jeff and his Dad did some body surfing, so bring your boogie boards! This is also where you’ll find the sun most days compared to the North side that gets more rain due to proximity of the mountains. This area has lots of resorts along the water, great if you want an easy holiday close to the beach.

Kauai

This photo pretty much sums up how I felt being in Kauai, grateful and happy.

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