Garden Isle Beaches
Kauai Beaches are known for their beauty and drama. Miles of white sand meet with crashing surf for dramatic effect; while other more protected areas offer calm, clear seas for swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving, and surfing. Kauai’s beaches and oceans are also graced by the presence of abundant marine wildlife including dolphins, humpback whales, sea turtles, monk seals, and a veritable rainbow of tropical fish. Whether you are shelling, surfing, snorkeling or simply relaxing, the Garden Isle has the perfect beach for you.
Grab your sunscreen and check out some of the best and most popular Kauai beaches here. We've organized them by region, so no matter where your island travels take you, you'll always have a great beach nearby.
North Kauai Beaches
Kauai’s spectacular North Shore is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth… and that means you’ll also find some of Hawaii’s best beaches right here. Crystal blue waters are the norm, as are soft sandy shores. You can also find more than a few secluded coves to take in the sunset. All types of beachgoers will surely love the North Shore.
South Kauai Beaches
If you’re headed to the South Shore, prepare for sunshine, as this region tends to enjoy the sunniest weather on the Garden Isle. Here you’ll find lovely beaches for snorkeling and swimming, boogie boarding, or even spotting an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Make sure to hit Poipu Beach, which many Hawaiian visitors cite as their absolute favorite.
West Kauai Beaches
West Kauai is an area steeped in history and filled with natural wonders. Best of all, name your beach activity and you can likely do it here. Grab your pole and do a little fishing, stroll and lounge and enjoy the view of the Forbidden Island of Niihau, windsurf, or enjoy take the kids exploring in a shallow lagoon. You can even observe the ancient Hawaiian tradition of salt collecting; definitely worth checking out!
East Kauai Beaches
Kauai’s East Shore is home to some of the most readily-accessible beaches on the island, thanks to a large number of vacation rentals, hotels, and condos along the shore. Note that beaches in this region tend to get more onshore breezes than other parts of the island, making for rather windy conditions in most areas. Everything from surfing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, or simply lounging under a swaying tree is the perfect activity here.
Na Pali Kauai Beaches
They say the Na Pali Coast is the world’s most beautiful coastline; so you know the beaches here are nothing short of spectacular. Up for a white sand beach only accessible by kayak? A 7-mile stretch of paradise with views of Niihau? Monk Seals? Ancient fishing villages and other archaeological remains? All of this and more is yours to explore on these glorious Na Pali Coast Beaches.