The Kauai beach with the unusual name, Donkey Beach, is a beach that comes with a lot of pluses and minuses. On the plus side, it is gorgeous in all its rugged beauty. The water seems to always have movement and some type of waves or white caps. There also always seems to be a breeze and you are never deprived of a constant flow of oxygenated air invigorating your senses. The crescent shaped beach is long and wide and since it is usually quite sparse with people there is always plenty of room to find a private place to lay your towel for some sun tanning. If you need a bit of a respite from the sun there are even trees you can find for cover. The sand is a light brown and soft and cozy spots are easy to find.
On the minus side, the beach is often very rough with strong currents and can be very dangerous. Local experienced surfers (not beginners) may enjoy the surf breaks here when the conditions are right but we would advise not wandering into the water. Because of the often times difficult conditions here and because of the lack of a life guard tower, swimming in not a good idea. Another notch on the minus side is that occasionally the nice breeze that is almost always found here can turn into a forceful wind that can put a damper on your beach enjoyment.
This is a great beach for a walk however and you might be lucky enough, as we were on a recent visit, to find a Monk Seal lounging on the luxurious sand. Because seals are such good swimmers and obviously have no trouble navigating their way through troubled waters this beach, in contradistinction to humans, is probably the perfect beach for them. Laying out and enjoying the sunshine on the pristine sand on a mostly private, almost deserted beach seems to be just their cup of tea.
From the road above it will take you about five or ten minutes to wind you way down a nicely paved pathway to the actual beach and there are some nice pavilion overlooks to be found there which are a great place to spend the day. Restrooms and showers are available up at the parking area which is paved and easy to navigate.
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There are no lifeguard towers at this location.
Anahola Beach is a great choice for a beach on Kauai. Not only is Anahola picturesque with scenic vistas and a great expanse of beautiful white sand but its protective outer reef of Anahola Bay makes it a less dangerous area in which to enjoy the water than many other beach locations.
Hanalei Bay is by far the largest bay on Kauai and is the heart and soul of all the beaches on the North Shore. The area upon which the ocean touches the shores of the bay is what is known as Hanalei Beach the this colossal spectacle of a beach is perhaps two-miles long and in most places over 100' wide.
Kalihiwai Beach is one of the truly beautiful North Shore Beaches. It is scenically positioned between two prominent points of land and its perfect crescent shape is first noticeable as you get a glimpse of the bay when driving down the roadway which dead-ends at the beach itself.
Lumahai Beach is Kauai's equivalent of the Venus Fly Trap. A case could be made that this may perhaps be the most beautiful beach on the island. Because of its beauty Lumahai Beach was the spot that was chosen to film South Pacific and it is hard to take a photo of this beach that does not come out picture postcard perfect.
In many ways the Mahaulepu Beach experience is more of a hiking adventure than a traditional beach outing. The beautiful sands of Mahaulepu Beach are essentially the hiking path that will take you on a two mile journey starting from Shipwreck Beach in Poipu all the way to the cliffs on the eastern side.
Picturesque is a word that could easily be used to describe Moloa'a Bay. The few vacation rentals that dot this east side bay obviously have the same point of view, as their beachfront locations make a memorable impression in any photograph and aid in luring potential clients to their scenic ocean retreats.
The only reason we are including the Queen's Bath on our list of beaches on Kauai is to dissuade you from going there at all. At the time of this writing I am not exactly certain how many people have lost their lives here but a year has passed by since the official tally had reached 29 persons.
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