The wide expanse of Kealia Beach can readily be seen when driving up the Kuhio Highway just north of the town of Kapaa. The beach is perhaps a half of a mile in length and 150 feet wide in most places. Kealia Beach is primarily known as a surfing beach and some size surf can usually be found here any time of the year. Though the beach faces east it is far enough north that it is affected by the north swells of winter and the wrap around effect of the pounding winter surf will provide dangerous surf conditions. Unfortunately, as a result, Kealia has been the scene of numerous drowning over the course of years so extreme caution should be exercised here. Luckily there is a lifeguard tower at the beach and prior to entering the water you should personally consult with the lifeguard concerning current conditions.
The ocean bottom of Kealia Beach is primarily sand (which makes it less than ideal for a snorkeling location) but the rock bed beneath can be revealed during big surf and current episodes. The sand bottom is always shifting and consequently so is the precise location of the surf breaks. The northern end of the beach seems to provide the best surfing opportunities most of the time and this area is somewhat sheltered from the winds by the protective rocks on the northern perimeter.
Years ago Kealia Beach was the sight of an interisland steamer landing that was used to load the sugar cane harvest of the nearby sugar fields near Kealia. The landing no longer exists. The history of this area dating back to the days of the Hawaiians is also interesting in that this area, from which the name Kealia meaning "bed of salt" was derived, was an area used by the Hawaiians to mine salt that was deposited in the salt flats that once existed here.
Ocean Warning! 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. Be certain that a lifeguard is on duty at this location and be certain to ask him where the best place for you to swim at this beach will be on the day you are there based upon the current ocean and wind conditions. 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.
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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