This is the only Kauai beach where you can watch polo being played, snorkel the longest and widest reef in the Hawaiian islands and swim in safe, shallow water. Anini calls you with its dreamlike sparkling sand, colorful fish and beautiful turquoise waters. It’s a place you may never want to leave. You can always stay close by at our North Shore Kauai vacation homes.
I love Anini’s secluded feeling. For years there was never a road sign to help you find the beach. You just knew where to turn from a local guidebook. Now it’s well marked on the highway between Kilauea and Princeville.
On the way to the beach the road hugs the ocean and takes you past many beautiful Kauai oceanfront properties. If it’s busy when I arrive at the park, I’ll often stop at the fish taco truck for a quick bite and then drive towards the end of the road. The crowds are fewer and I’ve enjoyed many Kauai sunsets from here.
My Favorite Anini Beach Experiences.
Walking the three mile soft sand beach. If you’re in luck you may find exquisite shells. From the shore you can watch novice windsurfers trying to stay on their boards and fishermen waiting for their catch of the day.
Snorkeling and swimming in blue water. Especially in summer this is one of the safest spots for kids. The water is shallow and you can snorkel just five to ten feet from shore. Turtles like to hang out here and you’ll see many tropical reef fish. A popular one is triggerfish which goes by its Hawaiian name, humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Be sure to wear safe coral sunscreen when you go out to keep our ocean protected.
Picnicking on the grassy lawn. Prepare lunch at your Kauai vacation rental or stop at one of my favorites, Kilauea Town Market and Deli. You can buy fresh local bread, cheese and other sandwich fixings for a gourmet lunch.
Watching Kauai Polo. The “Sport of Kings” is played here during the summer every Sunday. On non-game days you can admire the horses in the field across from the beach park.
Beach Facilities: Bathrooms, showers, picnic shelters and plenty of parking. There’s no lifeguard so never swim alone or when the surf kicks up in winter.
Driving Directions: Watch for the Anini Beach sign between mile markers 25 and 26. You’ll turn on Kalihiwai Road and stay to the left on Anini Road.
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