Kauai The Garden Isle
Kauai is one of the 7 major Hawaiian islands in the Central Pacific. The other known Hawaiian islands are Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (Big Island), Molokai, Lanai and Niihau. There are actually 137 total islands that make up the Hawaiian archipelago. Kauai's nicknamed "The Garden Isle" thanks to the lush tropical rainforest covering much of the island. Kauai has the most impressive dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coastline. This part of the island has served as backdrops for major Hollywood films. The island has miles of gorgeous hiking trails throuout the island. Visiting Waimea Canyon State Park is a must to add to your travel plans while visiting Kauai.
Best Beaches In Kauai
Not only is the landscape jaw dropping around the island it's beaches and coastline are known for it's natural beauty. It's beaches are some of the most pristine ones in the world. You can access Kauai's beaches either by trail, by helicopter, or solely by the sea. There is a beach for every type of beachgoer. Kauai has miles of white sand that meet with the crashing surf for dramatic effect. Kauai’s beaches and oceans are also graced by the abundant marine life which include dolphins, humpback whales, sea turtles, and tropical fish bonanza.
Hanalei Beach Park & Bay
Located along the north shore and over 2 miles long along a crescent shaped bay the surroundings are superb. The sand is pristine and its 125ft wide giving tons of room for relaxing along this beautiful beach. There is coral reefs for snorkeling and calm waters around the Hanalei Pier. The views aren't too bad either with the Verdant mountains rising in the background.
Makua "Tunnels Beach" - Makua Beach
You won't disappointed making a stop and spending the day or a week at just this beach. Tunnels beach offers the best snorkeling on earth. "Tunnels" refers to the lava tubes that run through the coral reef and into the ocean. They line the shoreline making this location extraordinary for tropical fish, sea turtles, eels, octopuses and much more. The sandy beaches make it a perfect afternoon location to relax. You never know when a rainbow will stretch across the sky during any part of the day. Enjoy the rock cliffs and stunning views along this Northshore shoreline.
Ke'e Beach - North Shore Kauai Beaches
There are many beaches to pick from but Ke'e beach is a must for sure. This is where the Na Pali coast starts with Ke'e Beach and the Kalalau Trail. You will find clam waters, amazing snorkeling and just some of the best swimming on the island. Ke'e beach is a half moon shaped beach that has many visitors from sea turtles and other marine sea life. Ke'e Beach also has some of the best sunsets on Kauai. So make sure to bring your camera! The turquoise blue water, white sand, and lush mountains make this a prevalent Kauai's best beaches to visit and spend the day. This beach can also turn very dramatic if a north swell comes into shore. This beach is also known for it's amazing waves that crash along the rocky shore line and explode with oncoming waves. Make sure you check the forecast if this event happens. Ke'e Beach is a great family beach where you can relax in the sand.
If you're feeling a little adventurous then the Kalalau Trail is a must. Ke'e beach is the start of the 11-mile hike on the Kalalau Trail that leads to Kalalau Valley. The trail takes hikers through lush valleys, past waterfalls, and beaches only accessible by foot or boat. The views along this trail you will see cliffs rising straight up from the ocean that goes on for miles.
Pali Ke Kua (Hideaways) Beach
Pail Ke Kua is a small tucked away beach requires a steep 15 min hike to get down to the beach area. This trail can have slippery terrain to navigate to get to. There is some ropes and cables in short areas to help get thru some of the areas. It's all worth it when you get to the beach area. The narrow trail opens to a little clearing about 120 feet above sea level from where you can check the surf condition below. Once you get to the beach you will be greeted with white sand between your toes and crystal blue ocean and beach almond trees. There is a large barrier reef around Hideaway which makes for good swimming in most conditions. In very large swells, be aware of rip currents coming thru the through the channels of the reef. Keep your eye open for sea turtles that love to rest on the beaches.
Anini Beach - North Shore Kauai Beaches
Anini Beach is an large beautiful white sand beach that covers a large vast shallow reef. This beach is perfect for swimming and relaxing. Many locals consider this beach the best for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and kayaking spots on the island. Locals consider the 3-mile crescent shaped beach a favorite for its gentle surf and shallow waters. The peaceful waters provided by the reef at Anini make this an excellent spot for kids and families to swim or snorkel. As you can tell there really isn't a bad beach to visit and spend part of your family vacation on this gorgeous island of Kauai.