“Kalihiwai has it all from the deep sandy beach, shade cover under ironwood trees and spectacular setting nestled between black rocks. You can also swim in fresh water where the Kalihiwai River meets the ocean.” That’s the recommendation from Pat Finberg, our guest concierge manager who helps our Kauai vacation rental guests.
I stopped by recently for a look at this hidden treasure. You can see from my pictures that I wasn’t disappointed. The scenic road to this drive up beach near Kilauea offers beautiful ocean views as you descend from the green cliffs.
Kalihiwai can be great for bodyboarding and the stream is fun for kids of all ages. On the eastern edge there’s a popular surf spot in winter. During flat season in summer Kalihiwai is a good choice for swimming. You might see a large spinner dolphin pod that time of year too. On my visit I saw kayakers paddling from Kalihiwai to neighboring Secret Beach. When the waves aren’t too big this can be a great spot to learn to surf or boogie board.
Kalihiwai Beach is also a perfect setting for a Kauai wedding or civil union. Our guest concierge team can help plan arrangements for your celebration.
After a day at the beach there are two local attractions close by not to be missed.
1. Kauai Mini Golf is situated among beautiful botanical gardens and offers 18 holes. Between now and December 15 you can save 20% when you mention “Web Special.”
2. Next door is Banana Joe’s where the tropical frosty rules. My favorite is their banana-pineapple non dairy treat. It tastes like gelato and is refreshing after a day at the beach.
If you’d like stay close to Kalihiwai Beach, we invite you see our Anini and Kilauea Collection of fine Kauai vacation homes. Kalihiwai Road is a right turn 1/2 mile past Kilauea town, or a left turn before Kilauea if coming from Princeville. Plenty of parking available. Nearest facilities are at Anini.
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