Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands feel that Kauai is the very best when it comes to spectacular scenery and the chance to experience the ultimate in peace and relaxation. With more than 50 miles of beautiful sandy shores, it also has more beaches than any of the other islands – and some that are nearly untouched by human development.
If you’re fortunate enough to be traveling to Kauai anytime in the near future, here are five beaches you don’t want to miss.
Kalapaki is the very best beach on the east coast of the isle. This is Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club’s beachfront and features a picturesque half-moon of golden sand that opens to Nawiliwili Bay. As the bay is protected by a jetty, it’s perfect for swimmers and snorkelers. During the winter, the waves are usually ideal for surfing; boogie boarding and windsurfing are also popular activities here.
On Kauai’s north shore, Tunnels Beach is a two-mile long beach that stretches from Hanalei Colony Resort to Ha’ena Beach Park. Not only is the scenery absolutely jaw-dropping, snorkeling is idyllic here during the summer months. Head out to the half-moon shaped reef about an eighth-mile offshore to view a wide range of marine life.
Surfers also come to experience the beach that allegedly got its name from divers who found deep water caverns, tunnels and arches here. Tunnels is a fabulous beach for relaxing on the soft sand and watching impressive sunsets, or doing nothing at all.
Hanalei Bay Beach
Hanalei Bay Beach was named the very best beach in America on “Dr. Beach” Stephen Leatherman’s 2009 list of top ten beaches in the nation because of its awe-inspiring beauty. Here you’ll find a backdrop of mountains dotted with waterfalls along a stretch of sand that has amazing views from every angle. Don’t miss the chance to capture this picture-postcard scene on film, walk along the sand, swim or surf.
On the south shore of Kauai, Poipu Beach attracts locals as well as visitors with the chance to snorkel or dive among outstanding reefs, explore tide pools, and to swim. This beach even has a sandy-bottom pool protected by a lava-rock jetty that’s perfect for the little ones to splash around in. Poipu was honored by the Travel Channel as one of the very best beaches on the entire planet.
Located in Polihale State Park, Polihale Beach is actually a three-mile section of the largest beach in the islands, 17-mile long Barking Sands Beach. This wild and remote stretch of sand is an especially tranquil area, perfect for enjoying with that special someone. It’s not great for swimming as there are severe rip currents here, but it is one of the best places for taking a stroll among breathtaking scenery.
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