North Shore Kauai Beaches
Where the NaPali Coast Begins
Kauai's glorious NaPali Coast begins at one of the most popular beaches on Kauai, Kee Beach.
This beach marks the end of Highway 560 and the portion of Kauai that can be seen by car. The rest of North Kauai is occupied by the NaPali Coast, a series of rugged seaside cliffs stretching along the northwest shore that is not navigable by vehicle.
Parking is available on either side of the road and near the coast.
We've seen Kee at many times of day, and it is equally crowded. Parking may be difficult, but usually is not too much of a problem. Kee is very popular with snorkelers and families. One of the most striking aspects of this beach is its breathtaking view of the NaPali Coast. When you are facing the ocean, NaPali can be glimpsed to your left.
The best time for photographs is early morning (on a clear day) or right at sunset. Thanks to the stunning views and photographic opportunities here, this is also one of the popular Kauai wedding beaches.
In the summertime, you can see the NaPali Coast kayak tours launching their boats from Kee beach in the early mornings. This is a great adventure for those who are physically fit and up for a long, rigorous and spectacular day. Kayak Kauai is our recommendation for an outstanding NaPali Coast kayak tour company.
Public restrooms and showers are available at the beach. And though of no real value, the wild Kauai chickens that roost around the beach are entertaining to watch. How often do you see a chicken on the beach! The famous Kalalau Trail also begins at Kee Beach.
To get there, take Highway 560 east past Haena all the way to the end of the road.