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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to North Shore Kauai  

Kauai Beaches:
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West Side (Part 2 - Na Pali Coast State Park)
(See also Lifeguard Safety Tips, Kauai Drive Guide, Kauai Camping)

Call National Weather Service 245-6001 for Weather Forecast & 245-3564 for Marine Forecast.
As lifeguard services may vary, call the County of Kauai at 241-6506 for current coverage.



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©Ann Cecil
NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
11 mile coastal Kalalau trail begins at Kee Beach located in Haena State Park at the end of Kuhio Hwy (Hwy 56) on Kauai's north shore.

There are 5 major sand beaches within the Park. Only 2 (Hanakapiai and Kalalau) are accessible by land. All of the 5 beaches are unguarded & can be extremely dangerous. Swimming & wading are not recommended.

Camping. Activities


©Ann Cecil
MILOLII BEACH - NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
Milolii is located approximately 4 miles from the western end of the beach at Polihale State Park - accessible only by boat (May 15 - September 15).

A long, stretch of sand fronted by a reef offering excellent snorkeling in calm seas. One of the best shoreline beaches in Hawaii - a beachcomber's delight! During the winter and spring, powerful waves preclude all boat landings.

Camping.


©Ann Cecil
NUALOLO KAI BEACH - NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
Located about 2-1/2 miles west of Honopu beach, with no overland access - accessible by boat only (May 15 - September 15).

A long, narrow beach offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Good leeward anchorage for large boats except during periods of high surf in the winter months.

Activities / Na Pali Coast Ohana


©Ann Cecil
HONOPU BEACH - NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
Located 1/2-mile to the west of Kalalau Beach. No overland access - only accessible by boat (May 15 - September 15).

The most picturesque of all the Na Pali Beaches - a pair of beaches separated by a huge lava arch. A waterfall drops from the Honopu Valley floor to the beach. During the winter and spring, high surf often completely inundates the twin beaches.


©Ann Cecil
KALALAU BEACH - NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
Located at the end of the Kalalau trail. A six to ten hour walk for most hikers - Kalalau Beach is the most famous wilderness shoreline hiking destination in Hawaii.

The beach is long and wide and backed by low, vegetated sand dunes. Swimming during periods of calm seas, mainly in the summer. Dangerous water conditions prevail during the winter and spring months.

Camping.


©Ann Cecil
HANAKAPIAI BEACH - NA PALI COAST STATE PARK
Located 2 miles from Kee beach, a ninety minute walk for most hikers.

One of Kauai's most popular wilderness day hike destinations. Recreational swimmers and snorkelers should exercise caution - dangerous water conditions year round.

Camping.

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