As far as beaches go on Kauai, Salt Pond is one of the most people friendly. Foremost in importance is that it has a lifeguard on duty. Secondly, it has all the amenities you would need at the beach. There are protected cabanas to sit under and visit with friends. There are clean bathrooms available in addition to fresh water showers and drinking fountains. Barbecue areas are scattered about as well as fish cleaning stations and picnic tables. There is usually ample paved parking. There are large areas of grass and park suitable for throwing a football around or a Frisbee. There is even a pavilion available for large group occasions although you will need to get a simple permit for its use. This beach park even has lamp posts to light the parking lot area up after dark. With regard to its amenities this beach is right at the top of the list.
With regard to the beach itself, it's really quite nice. It is a crescent shaped beach with ample sand providing easy access to what is initially a sand bottom underwater but it does have reefs for exploring and snorkeling further out. Rocks provide a barrier at the perimeter and the gentle and somewhat compacted sand makes a good surface for a nice walk. The beach is often quite calm and is suitable for children but the lifeguard should always be queried before entry.
Salt Pond Beach gets its name from the adjacent area of salt flats that were used extensively by the Hawaiians. When you view the pond from the beach you can see a thin layer of salt that covers the area and there are certain areas visible in the center that show signs of salt cultivation which is done using the creation of a series of earthen formed modules similar in shape to a bath tub but larger and very shallow. The pond flats are private and should not be entered onto without permission. The salt is harvested in the traditional way and it is the custom that it is not to be sold but only to be given away.
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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