Lawai Beach is a small but beautiful sliver of a white sand beach that is located just off the coastal road in the Poipu Resort area. Though it does not have a lifeguard tower it often has suitable conditions for snorkeling and there is plenty to see under the surface. Before entering the water though you should search out good advice from the lifeguards which can be found at nearby Poipu Beach. The water entry here under calm conditions is easy as the access is just off the sand beach onto a sand bottom. Further out you will find a rock bottom with various forms of sea life and lots of fish. Sea turtles may also make an appearance to the delight of all.
Surfing and body boarding are other activities found at Lawai Beach though it falls into the category reserved for experienced surfers only. Waves break nicely on the outside reefs and create two separate surf breaks which are locally known as PK's and Centers. These surf breaks are a short series of strokes from the entry point on the beach and this convenience has contributed to the popularity of these surf breaks among local experienced surfers. The sea wall on the south side of Lawai Beach makes an excellent vantage point to view the surfing activity here especially when the large swells lure the most accomplished surfers into the water.
Contrary to many beach areas on Kauai, when you are visiting Lawai Beach you are in the midst of the bustle of activity of a resort community and are actually right off the road servicing many of the Poipu hotels. Nice bathrooms and showers are located right across the street from the beach but there are no picnic tables or benches.
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 until you have spoken to a lifeguard at nearby Poipu Beach. 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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