Our map of Kauai beaches helps you find the location of the best beaches in Kauai for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing or sunset watching.
ABOUT KAUAI BEACHES – SUN, SAND & SURF
The beaches of Kauai are among the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere in the world, which is one of the reasons filmmakers have been focusing their lenses on them for so many years. With an estimated 6 million years of geological activity, the oldest of the major Hawaiian Islands has had the most time to create marvelous white-sand beaches on its nearly circular coastline—north, south, east and west. Few beaches in the world can rival the amazing beauty of Kalalau and Polihale, with their spectacular background of the north-facing Na Pali cliffs (Na Pali is Hawaiian for “the cliffs”). On the south side of the island, Poipu Beach is consistently ranked in national and international Top Ten Beaches lists. It’s ideal for families, offering safe, shallow lagoons for the young ones, as well as nearby bodysurfing and surfing for the adventurous. Another favorite is Hanalei Bay, which has starred in numerous Hollywood productions, favored for its wonderful bay, surfing waves and mountainous backdrop. Beachwise, Kauai has it all: bodysurfing beaches, surfing beaches, snorkeling, scuba and sunbathing.
Photo by Brett Uprichard