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Poipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii
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Overview
Location

South Shore, Kauai, Hawaii

Sights

Poipu Beach, many different types of fish and even sea turtles

Distance

Located right next to many popular roads. The parking areas are about 50 yards away from the actual beach.

Parking Lot Elevation

Sea level

Summit Elevation

N/A

Elevation Gain/Loss

N/A

Time Required

As long as you want

Pets

Not allowed on sand part of the beach

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 1 liter of water or more depending on how long you are there. You will be right next to the ocean.

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun exposure

Trail Condition

No trail

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Not allowed

Food

Bring snacks, picnics or more depending on what you are doing

Equipment

Bring snorkel gear, towels, sun screen, hat, sunglasses, sandals, camera, reading literature

GPS Coordinates

Poipu Beach: 21° 52.388’N, 159° 27.304’W


Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Poipu Beach in late afternoon

Poipu Beach in the afternoon

I have visited Poipu Beach two times in the past two years and I think it is one of the best beaches I have ever been to.  It is clean and there are lots of opportunities to see aquatic life and maybe even sea turtles.  Bring a towel and a good book and enjoy the sand and sun.


Sea Turtle hiding underneath a rock ledge

Sea Turtle hiding underneath a rock ledge

Lots of aquatic life to be seen

Lots of aquatic life to be seen

sea snake

sea snake

I would highly recommend you bring or rent snorkel gear because there are many things to see right next to the beach.  There are also opportunities to see monk seals laying on the beach.  If you do see a monk seal, do not approach it because there are fines associated with harassing the seals.


"sand bridge" that connects the tide pools you can see in the distance

“sand bridge” that connects the tide pools you can see in the distance

One of the reasons why I like this beach so much is because there is a “sand bridge” that connects to tide pools.  The tide pools provide even more opportunities to see tide pool habitats and even monk seals.

This is a great family friendly beach with many shops and restaurants around the area.  There are several large resorts in the immediate beach front area but if you have a car I would recommend you go up to Koloa or even the Kukuiula stores that are north west of the beach about 1.5 miles.

Poipu Beach


Poipu Beach

Poipu Beach

There are picnic tables and even showers to wash the sand and salt off of you.


The Return:

Head back towards your car


Personal Thoughts:

I enjoy coming to Poipu Beach because it is usually not too crowded and even the crowded days didn’t seem like there were too many people.  This is a great beach to relax and hang out with friends and family. Trek Planner Logo

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Jeff Johnson
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