Kauai is known for its large selection of sprawling white-sand beaches. We invite you to use the following resources to keep you safe while you enjoy exploring Kauai’s beaches. Visit the Kauai Beach Explorer for comprehensive information on Kauai’s beaches.
Below is a full list of the beaches on Kauai.
LOCATION: NORTH SHORE
KILAUEA – ANINI BEACH
KILAUEA – KALIHIWAI BEACH
HAENA – HAENA BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
HAENA – KE’E BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
HAENA – TUNNELS BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
HANALEI – HANALEI PEIR
HANALEI – HANALEI PAVILION – LIFEGUARDED
HANALEI – LUMAHAI BEACH
HANALEI – WAIOLI BEACH PARK – LIFEGUARDED
LOCATION: EAST SIDE
ANAHOLA – ANAHOLA BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
KAPAA – FUJI BEACH
KAPAA – KEALIA BEACH
NAWILIWILI – KALAPAKI BEACH
WAILUA – LYDGATE BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
WAILUA – WAILUA BEACH
WAIPOULI – WAIPOULI BEACH
LOCATION: SOUTH SHORE
POIPU – POIPU BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
POIPU – BRENNECKE’S BEACH
POIPU – KIAHUNA BEACH
POIPU – LAWAI BEACH
POIPU – MAHAULEPU BEACH
POIPU – SHIPWRECKS BEACH
LOCATION: WEST SIDE
HANAPEPE – SALT POND BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
WAIMEA – WAIMEA BEACH
KEKAHA – KEKAHA BEACH – LIFEGUARDED
KEKAHA – POLIHALE BEACH
North Shore East Side South Shore West Side
Haena Beach Anahola Beach Poipu Beach Salt Pond Beach
Hanalei Bay Pavilion Kealia Beach Kekaha Beach
Ke’e Beach Lydgate Beach
BEACH & OCEAN SAFETY
Use Kauai Surf Report for local ocean conditions and surf reports from surf line.
Wind direction, tides and currents are all factors in finding the perfect and appropriate spot for your level of surfing. Always check current conditions and before heading out to any water activity.
Check with locals or a county lifeguard for local conditions, hazards and warnings.
Sign up for a surfing lesson from a professional instructor to ensure a fun and enjoyable experience for the novice surfer.
Have Fun, Stay Safe!
- Choose beaches with a lifeguard
- Check with a lifeguard for any hazardous conditions
- Avoid swimming during high surf
- Never swim alone
- Never allow small children to swim unattended
- Never swim in murky water or in river mouths
- Never turn your back to the ocean, an unexpected wave can knock you down and drag you out.
- Listen to weather and surf forecasts and check the surf report