One of the most popular beaches on Kauai, and one of the most "people friendly" is Poipu Beach in the midst of the Poipu Resort. It would be a safe guess that the reason the resort is even here at all is because of beautiful Poipu Beach. A number of beaches have been honored with the title of "best beach in the world" by a various assortment of possibly dubious critics and Poipu Beach is no stranger to these lists. The seemingly endless sunlit days and golden sands of Poipu Beach have made it a world class player in the awards for best beach and one visit to its shoreline will have you singing its praises as well. Not only is it a great spot for sunning and lounging on the sand but it is a wonderful spot for snorkeling and (this is only if you are extremely skilled) for surfing as well.
Poipu Beach is actually two beaches in one that are somewhat separated by a sandbar which is often host to one or more of its more esteemed visitors in the form of the Hawaiian Monk Seals who can occasionally be seen lounging in the sun on the sand. Each beach is somewhat different in the sense that one side is calmer and is one of the few beaches on the island that is generally suitable for young children to enjoy under proper supervision, and the other side is a bit more adventurous in the sense that it provides a bit better place for snorkeling. A tremendous asset to this beach is the fact that it has a lifeguard tower which provides an extra layer of safety for those enjoying the ocean.
On the far eastern portion of the beach you can find the Poipu Beach Park which will provide visitors with clean bathrooms, showers and picnic tables. These amenities make it a very family friendly beach including of course the fact that it has a lifeguard tower. This is often a great area to come with children and generally they will be able to meet others to play with as well. If there is anything that some people may consider a downside to the beach experience at Poipu it would be that it is so good that it can become extremely crowed during the busy seasons and even on the weekends at regular times. If you enjoy the company of others, this will be your beach.
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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