Another one of Kauai's spectacularly beautiful beaches is Secret Beach. This long series of gorgeous white sand beaches can be readily seen from the Kilauea Lighthouse as you look toward the Na Pali Coastline. Secret beach is surrounded by steep cliffs on all sides which are covered with trees and this is a favorite spot for Kauai artists to set up an easel and paint the most beautiful seascapes. The fact that there is a steep and somewhat difficult trail that winds its way down from the small parking area above helps to keep this beach unpopulated and unspoiled. The sands of Secret Beach are beautiful at all times of year but their appearance can vary greatly as winter surf has a tendency to carve them into much smaller areas than exist during the summer months. A partial lagoon also tends to ebb and flow during certain times of the year.
As goes the old "saw" regarding North Shore beaches Secret Beach can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. The ocean bottom here is mostly sand or rock up-croppings and there can be very strong and dangerous shore breaks here. The currents can also be ridiculously perilous. Many people have lost their lives here. To add to the dangers of this location there is no lifeguard tower so the best advice would be to stay out of the water altogether and go to a lifeguarded beach if you need to get wet. You may often see experienced surfers out in the water and they may make the beach look easy. Many of these locals have lived on Kauai and surfed in these waters all their lives and they are better suited to deal with the extreme ocean conditions here but remember that 27% of all the drownings on Kauai involve a local resident so unwise decisions are often being made by locals as well regarding where and when to enter the ocean. Secret Beach has been known to be a killer and you should exercise every caution here.
The amenities on Secret Beach are non-existent. There is a parking area above but that's about it.
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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