Poipu Beach is One of the Best Kauai Beaches

Enjoy one of the best beaches in America when you visit Poipu Beach. This jewel among Kauai beaches was honored by The Travel Channel as one of the top ten in the United States. It remains a Kauai family favorite and is popular with our Kauai vacation rental guests and Kauai webcam visitors. The sand is luxurious, Kauai sunset spectacular and ocean sports are plentiful. Nearby you will find our large selection of Kauai beachfront rentals, Kauai Resorts and many options at Poipu Kai.

A rock jetty provides a safe shallow swimming pool for babies and children. The pool is one of the best year-round Kauai snorkeling spots on the island. You don’t have to go out far to see schools of brightly colored tropical fish which feed along the rocks and coral. The rock wall protects waders, snorkelers and swimmers from surf and currents. Kids of all ages can play in the water and on extensive grassy areas, and if that is not enough, can join fellow toddlers on the jungle gym.

Kauai Snorkeling Around Nukomoi Point.

The best snorkeling is to the right side of the point where you can snorkel with Hawaiian reef fish at one of the rare Hawaii tombolos. This Poipu sandbar connects from the beach to Nukomoi Point where Hawaiian monk seals are often seen. It is an interesting sensation walking on the tombolo and having waves come toward you on both sides.

Kauai Activities and Poipu Beach Suggestions.

At Poipu Beach you can enjoy Kauai snorkeling, swimming, paddling, boogie-boarding, surfing and beach walks. This is also a perfect spot for watching Hawaii Humpback whales during the winter months and Hawaii sea turtles year round. There are public restrooms and showers as well as plenty of free parking too. For a fun Kauai dining experience, bring food from your Kauai vacation rental and enjoy an oceanfront lunch. Kauai weather at Poipu Beach is almost always sunny making it a good destination when it is raining elsewhere on island.

Safety Tips: The Poipu Beach shoreline is largely protected from large surf. We recommend that you talk to the lifeguard on duty for the most current safety information. Watch for strong currents and waves that can break on the reef. There is also sharp coral and slippery rocks outside of the protected area.

Adjacent to Poipu Beach Park is world famous Brennecke Beach, a favorite for bodysurfing and boogie boarding. You will find it located next to our Poipu condos at Nihi Kai Villas.

Kauai Driving Directions

Drive through Tree Tunnel to Koloa town and head south on Poipu Road. Continue along on Poipu Road (HI-520) until you merge into the round-about. Follow the sign “Poipu Beach” (third exit) and continue for two miles. Turn right on Hoowili Road and go approximately 0.2 miles where you will dead end at Poipu Beach Park. There is free all day parking on either side of the road.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!!

Bookmark our Kauai Beach Explorer to stay current on Kauai beaches and facilities. Watch our Kauai video with important ocean safety information. It’s six minutes of your time that can save your life or that of a loved one.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul oates January 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Where do we start booking a beachfront house or apartment? We are keen surfers


Simone January 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

Aloha Paul!

Thanks so much for your inquiry and I hope things are going well down under. The Parrish Collection Kauai has several oceanfront options for you and I will list a few for you to get started. As far as a truly Beachfront home there are two options available that are private homes with beach access right in front of the home: Hale Luana and Sandy Beach House.

Our other oceanfront homes will be on a rocky coastline with Poipu Beach just a short drive away. You can view all our oceanfront options by browsing our Oceanfront Collection at the following link – http://www.parrishkauai.com/kauai-beachfront-rentals

As far as condominiums there are a few oceanfront options that are again, on a rocky coastline but within a short distance from the beach: Poipu Palms, Poipu Makai and Whalers Cove

Take a look at these options and then we can determine what may work for you based on your needs. Although it may be a bit difficult to set up a time to call from Australia, but it may be worth the effort so we can assist you in making the right choice!

Mahalo and I look forward to hearing from you soon!



Vincent Tucker July 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

We arrive July 12 and have a 10 day stay with the Deckerts. We love to sail small catamarans and wanted to find a weekly rental on catamaran sail boats… Can you please help us find how many places there are that will rent 18 to 22 foot catamarans at Poipu Beach or close to, or even a list for the entire island?
Thank you, Vincent


Pat July 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Aloha Vincent,

Thank for your note and thank you for choosing The Parrish Collection Kauai for your upcoming visit. Because Kauai is the northern most island, 2,800 miles from the west coast, there are no catamaran rentals available to the public. At one time, there were Hobie Cats available by the hour, however, that was a number of years ago. An alternative would be buying out a 55′ or 65′ catamaran cruise or chartering a beautiful 65′ cat on an hourly basis. Please let me know if you are interested as I am happy to get the details and secure it for you. We are looking forward to welcoming you!


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