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Kauai Anini Beach Photo Anini Beach

Hawaii's longest fringed reef runs along the length of this beach. One of the safest beaches along the North Shore. Well known windsurfing beach.


● Showers, Restrooms
● No lifeguard
● Campsites
● Great swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing in summer    months
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Kauai Haena Beach Park Photo Haena Beach Park

Beach and park area are popular. However, strong currents, dangerous shorebreak, high surf, a sudden drop off, sharp coral and slippery rocks prevent swimming here.

● Showers, Restrooms
● No lifeguard
● Good surfing, for experienced surfers only
● Picnic area with tables
● Shade
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Kauai Hanalei Bay Photo Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is lined with white, sandy beach. Famous surfing beach. Beautiful in the morning as the cliffs reflect off the water.

● Showers, Restrooms
● Lifeguard
● Strong currents, high surf, sudden drop off, dangerous shorebreak,    sharp coral and slippery rocks
● Grass and shade
● Picnic facilities
● Good boogie boarding and surfing
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Kauai Kauapea Beach Photo Kauapea Beach (also known as Secret Beach)

One of the most secluded beaches on Kauai, has now become Kauai's premier nude beach, although County authorities attempt to enforce the nudity ban. Accessible via a 10-minute, steep hike. Long golden-sand beach with a small waterfall. Calm waters, often filled with dolphin, during the summer, but treacherous conditions during the winter.
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Kauai Kalihiwai Beach Photo Kalihiwai Beach

Swimming good during summer months. Winter waves popular with surfers.

● No facilities
● Shade and grass
● No lifeguards
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Kauai Kee Beach Photo Kee Beach

One of the most visited beaches in Kauai. The mini-series "The Thorn Birds" was filmed here. Lagoon is great for snorkeling, lots of fish.

● Restrooms
● Good swimming and snorkeling in summer months
● Great snorkeling and scuba diving on offshore reef
● Historic and scenic sites
● Picnic facilities
● Good shore fishing near reef channel
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Kauai Lumahai Beach Photo Lumahai Beach

Location of that famous "Wash that man right out of my hair" scene from South Pacific. Great photo opp. Long, wide, sandy beach. Extremely unsafe water here for swimming due to strong currents and fierce surf.

● No facilities
● Extremely unsafe for swimming
● Beautiful scenery
● No lifeguard
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Kauai Moloaa Bay Photo Moloaa Bay

This pristine white sand beach served as the location for the pilot of Gilligan's Island. Usually not very crowded. Has an area of active, large waves, but on the other side of the bay has very calm water good for swimming in summer months. Lots of rocks and reef for interesting snorkeling.

● Very dangerous water conditions in the winter months
● Good beachcombing
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Kauai Pali Ke Kua Beach Photo Pali Ke Kua Beach (also known as Hideaways)

Two beaches separated by a rocky point. Good snorkeling and swimming with calm seas.
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Kauai Puu Poa Beach Photo Puu Poa Beach

Great white sand beach. Swimming good in summer months. Surfing is excellent for experienced surfers in the winter months.

● Shade
● No lifeguard
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Kauai Sea Lodge Beach Photo Sea Lodge Beach

Pretty, coarse white sand beach. Fair swimming conditions.
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Kauai Tunnels Beach Photo Tunnels Beach

The best snorkeling on the North Shore. Huge, crescent shaped reef just offshore. Often calm seas with shallow, sandy areas for swimming. Great sunset views.

● No facilities
● No lifeguard
● Offshore caverns good for diving
● Good windsurfing and surfing
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Kauai Waikoko Beach Photo Waikoko Beach

Protected by Waikoko Reef, a popular beach with families. Shallow water.

● No facilities
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Kauai Waioli Beach Park Photo Waioli Beach Park

Major surf contest site. Dangerous conditions during high surf. Located in the center of Hanalei Bay. Wonderful view of the bay and mountains.

●Restrooms, Showers
●Lifeguards
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