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Na Pali Coast Beaches: The Best

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If you’re looking for a breathtaking beach experience, look no further than the Na Pali Coast. With its clear turquoise waters and dramatic red cliffs, this area is a paradise for beachgoers. There are many excellent beaches in the area, but we’ve put together a list of our favorites to help make your decision easier!

Many of the Na Pali Coast beaches are hard to access or can be completely inaccessible at times. Always monitor local reports for the condition of different trails and beaches. During extremely rainy periods, certain places could be inaccessible.

Kee Beach

Kee beach is well protected by a reef on the outer edges, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming during the calmer summer months. During the winter months, the surf is much higher and pretty dangerous, so it’s best to avoid swimming during this time.

If you’re interested in viewing an amazing sunset this is a great destination for that as well.

This beach also marks the beginning of the Na Pali Coast and the famous Kalalau Trail.

Useful Information

  • Lifeguards? Yes
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Parking is limited, but you may park in the dirt parking lot located about 1/4 mile from the end of the main road

Honopu Beach

This is one of the more secluded and remote beaches that Kauai offers. The only way to legally access this beach is by swimming to it! Disclaimer: The swim to Honopu Beach should only be attempted by extremely confident & strong swimmers who are familiar with the currents and ocean conditions of Kauai. It can be deadly if you are unprepared or if conditions are rough.

It is home to the famous Honopu Arch with amazing waterfalls and cliffs surrounding it. For most people, this beach is best seen from a distance.

Nualolo Kai

This is another unique beach rich in Hawaiian culture and history. It is only accessible by boat, and the boat owners have to have permits to land or take people here. Luckily, we at Kauai Sea Tours are one of the very few companies with the ability to take you to this amazing beach!

The beach is amazing for snorkeling and you can even read a complete guide to snorkeling at Nualolo Kai.

It has delicate Hawaiian archaeological sites and local volunteers work hard to preserve this location. Enjoy dolphins, great snorkeling, and much more during your beach visit. If you’d like to learn more about this cool Na Pali Coast beach, read a complete guide on Nualolo Kai!

Kalalau Beach

Just like most beaches that lie on the Na Pali Coast, this one is also hard to access. The trail sits at the end of the famed Kalalau Trail, the 11-mile adventure leads you directly here. If you decide to embark on the Kalalau Trail, this beach is definitely worth the hike.

You can even camp on this beautiful beach, but a permit is required so try to plan ahead if this is something you’re interested in. The beach lacks the protective reef that many swimming beaches have, but swimming is still possible if you use caution. We do not recommend going out and swimming during the winter months.

Overall a great destination and well worth a hike if you have the camping permit.

Milolii Beach

Another remote beach only accessible by boat, it’s a great camping beach when you manage to get a permit. During the summer months around mid-May to early-September dry landings are allowed without a permit.

Hiking back into the Milolii Valley greets you with steep canyons and a variety of waterfalls if it has been a wet season. You can even see an ancient Hawaiian temple near the stream – be careful to not disturb any of the rocks here or at any other archaeological sites.

Useful Information

  • Picnic Areas
  • Campsites
  • Primitive public bathrooms & cold showers

See Na Pali Coasts Amazing Beaches with Kauai Sea Tours

Kauai Sea Tours offers some of the most amazing boat tours of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. You’ll see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as some of the most dramatic cliffs and coastline. The tour takes you along Kauai’s south shore, where you’ll see the famous Na Pali Coast State Park, as well as some of the other popular beaches on the island.

Book a tour now and experience the beauty of the Na Pali Coast. If you have any questions or concerns about your Kauai vacation, reach out to our helpful staff at Kauai Sea Tours. We are more than happy to help you. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you!

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