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Kauai Beaches

Kauai has more beaches per mile of coastline than any of the other
Hawaiian Islands, 50 miles of white sand beaches.

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Kauai's beaches are suited for a wide variety of activities including swimming, snorkeling, beach combing, sailing, surfing, fishing, hiking, star gazing and much more. The most popular beaches are located on the south and north sides of the island. They can be crowded, particularly on weekends, but don't let this deter you from enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are also plenty of remote, secluded beaches on Kauai. We hope this guide will help you decide which beaches you would like to explore.

Monk Seal Photo
Turtle Photo

If it is your lucky day, you may see one of Hawaii's endangered species, the Hawaiian Monk Seal or Hawaii Green Sea Turtle sunning on the beach. The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most endangered species in the world and about 30 of them live in Kauai. Please remember that Kauai is the natural habitat of these animals. Do not approach them closer than 150 feet, even more for a mother and pup, and don't use your flash when taking pictures of them. Please instruct children to stay back also. Endangered species laws are enforced on Kauai. Harassment or disturbance of a Hawaiian Monk Seal can incur fines exceeding $25,000 and up to 5 years imprisonment. Do enjoy these special residents of Kauai, but please respect them!

For more information about the Hawaiian Monk Seal, go to www.kauaimonkseal.com
For more information about the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, go to www.turtles.org/hawgrnd.htm

Select a region below for a complete list of Kauai beaches
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Downtown Beaches
(Lihue, Kalapaki)

East Side Beaches

North Shore Beaches

South Shore Beaches

West Side Beaches


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Ocean Safety

Note: Kauai’s beaches are beautiful but often dangerous. To be informed of potential hazards before visiting Kauai, please see the Hawaii Lifeguards' site at http://www.aloha.com/~lifeguards/hazards1.html.

When visiting the beach, please follow these Basic Ocean Safety Tips provided by the lifeguards:
Swim in Lifeguarded Areas
Ask a Lifeguard About Beach and Surf Conditions Before Swimming
Never Swim Alone & Always Watch Your Children
Don't Dive Into Unknown Water or Into Shallow Breaking Waves
If You Are Unable to Swim Out of a Strong Current, Signal for Help
Rely on Your Swimming Ability Rather Than a Flotation Device
Look For, Read and Obey All Beach Safety Signs and Symbols

In addition, take the advice of old Hawaiians:
Don’t turn your back to the ocean!

Call The National Weather Service 808-877-5111 for Weather & 808-877-3477 for Marine Forecast.

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