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Kauai Hanakapiai Beach Photo Hanakapiai Beach - Na Pali Coast State Park

Great views of the Na Pali Coast. Difficult, steep, often muddy hike. Located 2 miles from the start of the Kalalai Trailhead.

All beaches along the Na Pali Coast are considered treacherous and swimming is not advised during any season.

● No facilities
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Kauai Kalalau Beach Photo

Kalalau Beach - Na Pali Coast State Park

This beach is located at the end of the Kalalau trail, a 6-10 hour walk for most hikers. Long, wide picturesque beach, worth the hike.

All beaches along the Na Pali Coast are considered treacherous and swimming is not advised during any season.

● Camping - permit required, long waiting list

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Kauai Kekeha Beach Park Photo Kekeha Beach Park

Scenic, long sandy beach. Good sunbathing.

● Restrooms
● Lifeguards rarely on duty
● Strong currents, high surf, dangerous shorebreak, sharp coral
● Enter water with caution, only when calm
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Kauai Pakala Beach Photo Pakala Beach

Beach is surrounded by trees and lush tropical vegetation. Favorite spot for local surfers. Beautiful sunsets.
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Kauai Polihale State Park Photo Polihale State Park

Wild beach, unprotected from the open ocean. Best reached with 4 wheel drive vehicle.

● Restrooms, showers
● Safe swimming ONLY at Queens Pond, toward the southern end of    park
● Camping
● Rapid drop offs, strong rip currents
● A few pavilions
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Kauai Salt Pond Beach Park Photo Salt Pond Beach Park

Interesting lava shelves that become tidepools at low tide, good for seeing small sea creatures. Usually safe swimming all year round. The only salt pond still used by Hawaiians today to make sea salt. PLEASE Do not enter salt making area without permission.

● Good swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling
● Restrooms, showers
● Picnic area, grills, pavilions
● Camping
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