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Best Beaches in Kauai

By Viator, November 2017

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Sleepy Kauai is the antithesis of bustling Oahu. The island’s laid-back surfer vibe, lush interior jungles, and uncrowded beaches make for the peaceful retreat most visitors anticipate on their Hawaii vacation. Looking for a good spot to stretch out on the sand? Here’s a list of Kauai’s best beaches.

Hanalei Bay
The gorgeous curve of Hanalei Bay on the island’s North Shore has two unobstructed miles (3.2 kilometers) of golden sand. Four beach parks along this stretch provide water access, amenities such as showers and lifeguards, and varying ocean conditions. Be sure to walk down Hanalei Pier and take in the panorama, or try out a surf lesson. If you already know how to surf (or enjoy watching those who do) you’ll find expert waves at Wai’oli (Pine Trees) Beach Park.

Waikoko Beach
Just around the western edge of Hanalei Bay and past Makahoa Point, you’ll find Waikoko Beach. Stop there for excellent snorkeling; there are also beginner surf breaks great for boogie boarding.

Makua Beach (Tunnels Beach)
Further west along Kauai’s North Shore is Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels Beach. Edged out in the west by the start of the wild, green Na Pali Coast, Tunnels is a golden sand beach with coral reef just offshore. It’s reportedly called Tunnels for both the underwater caverns that make it such an interesting snorkeling spot and the barrel waves seen in winter. 

Ke’e Beach
Popular with hikers fresh off the Kalalau Trail, the historically spiritual Ke’e Beach has attracted Hawaiians coming to practice hula for years. It continues to be a great place to catch gorgeous sunsets.

Anini Beach
Though the white sand strip at Anini Beach is relatively narrow, it’s one of Kauai’s calmest ocean entries for swimming in summer. The beach park, east of Hanalei, is usually less crowded than other North Shore spots and boasts restrooms, picnic tables, shady trees, and campsites.

Poipu Beach Park
Not all of Kauai’s best beaches are on the North Shore. The golden arches of Poipu Beach Park, on the island’s South Shore, has been dubbed America’s best beach by the Travel Channel. A sandbar divides the beach in two parts, and both sides are close to many of Kauai’s best resorts and great for year-round swimming. 

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Na Pali Sunset Dinner Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 163 Reviews

Discover one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world on a 3.5-hour Na Pali sunset dinner cruise. This natural wonder of dramatic scenery and colors is ...  Read more

Location: Eleele, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $137.60
Na Pali and Ni'ihau The Forbidden Island Kauai Snorkel Cruise, Kauai, Sunset Cruises
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Na Pali and Ni'ihau The Forbidden Island Kauai Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Sail past the soaring Na Pali sea cliffs on this 7-hour snorkeling adventure, and discover the secrets of the "Forbidden Island" when cruising the ...  Read more

Location: Eleele, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.34
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour, Kauai, Snorkeling
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

During your time on Kauai, enjoy a three-hour guided kayak and snorkel tour along the picturesque Hanalei River and in Hanalei Bay, which is home to the ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Private Tour: Kauai Waterfalls, Hidden Beaches, Ancient Sites, Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, ... 
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Private Tour: Kauai Waterfalls, Hidden Beaches, Ancient Sites, Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay

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This full-day private tour of Kauai’s north shore starts with a visit to Wailua Falls, one of the Garden Isle's most famous natural sights. With an informative ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.20
Private Tour: Kauai Sightseeing Adventure with Picnic Lunch, Kauai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Kauai Sightseeing Adventure with Picnic Lunch

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See the best of Kauai on this private tour! Choose to see the East and North shores or the West and South shores and explore cities like Princeville, Kapaa, ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $233.99
Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons, Kauai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons

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Looking for something different to do this summer in Kauai? You've always wanted to surf, and now here's your opportunity to learn how with Kauai surfing ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.12
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Kauai South Shore Sea Kayak Adventure

This 7-mile (11km) kayak tour is a day packed full of fun, excitement and adventure. Savor the magnificent views, breathtaking scenery, and hidden beaches of ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kauai: Hawaii Movie Tours, Kauai, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kauai: Hawaii Movie Tours

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Kauai is a place that sets the imagination soaring. Her extraordinary beauty and charm have been immortalized in dozens of Hollywood films and television shows ...  Read more

Location: Lihue, Hawaii
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
Na Pali Coast Sea Kayak, Kauai, Movie & TV Tours
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Na Pali Coast Sea Kayak

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If you like excitement and adrenaline, then this is the one for you! This 15-mile (25km) kayak tour to the Na Pali Coast is typically carried out on heavy ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $259.37
Kauai South Shore Off-Road Adventure, Kauai, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kauai South Shore Off-Road Adventure

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Embark on an off-roading adventure on Kauai's South Shore! Drive or ride in an open-air off-road vehicle through Kauai’s beautiful landscape, visiting movie ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $252.08

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