Kaua’i Swimming Beaches

Lifeguard stations are available on several swimming beaches on Kaua’i. We recommend swimming and exploring at the beaches and shores patrolled by these friendly and knowledgeable lifeguards. Check with a lifeguard before entering the water.

Lifeguarded Beaches:

**Many of Kaua’i’s swimming beaches are NOT lifeguarded. Please always respect and use caution when entering and enjoying the ocean. We do not recommend swimming at beaches without a lifeguard on duty.

  • Kekaha – Salt Pond – Po’ipu Beach Park – Lydgate – Kealia – Anahola – Ke’e Hanalei Bay – Ha’ena Beach Park

‘Ohana (Family) Friendly Beaches:

Family beaches have protected, safe swimming areas, facilities, and plenty of room to set up for a fun day at the beach.

  • Hanalei Bay – Anini – Lydgate – Po’ipu Beach Park – Salt Pond

Swimming & Snorkeling:

Kaua’i’s snorkeling beaches vary by season and ocean swells. Typically, conditions on the north shore are better in the summer and the south shore in the winter.

  • Ke’e Beach – Po’ipu Beach Park – Salt Pond – Anini – Tunnels

Most Dangerous Beaches:

While all beaches can be dangerous in certain conditions, these claim more lives than any others. Be wary of venturing to these beaches in the winter months with high surf. Summers are the safest time to explore. When in doubt, don’t go out!

  • Lumahai – Secrets – Larsens – Hanakapi’ai – Polihale – Queen’s Bath

*Reservations are now required for all vehicles, walk-in entry, and shuttle riders visiting Ha’ena State Park, including Ke’e Beach and hikers accessing the Kalalau Trail. Plan accordingly as reservations are only sold in advance.