Take a look at a map showing Kauai beaches, and you will find two in Kapaa named Waipouli. Sandwiched in between both is keiki friendly Fuji Beach. The two Waipouli beaches are not connected to each other and each one has something unique to offer.
Waipouli Beach fronts a resort by the same name.
You will find it across from the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapaa. If you are an early morning riser, the sunrise here is spectacular. There is a popular walking trail above the beach that makes for a good place to jog or stroll on your Kauai vacation. While swimming is not recommended due to the current and rocky bottom, it makes for a scenic place to relax on the sand. Also seen relaxing here are Hawaiian Monk Seals who come ashore to nap. There is a small cove at the south end where you can find sea turtles. Look for a public access trail from the south end of Waipouli Beach Resort.
Waipouli Beach Park is above Fuji Beach and is a popular fishing spot with locals.
You can swim at Waipouli Beach Park when the ocean is calm. Here you will also find restrooms, a place to park and tables for a picnic lunch. A natural breakwater offshore, situated between Panihi Road and Makana Road, acts as a barrier to incoming waves. The beach also has shallow water for novice swimmers and children.
How to choose between Waipouli Beach and Waipouli Beach Park.
Waipouli Beach is more serene and uncrowded compared to Waipouli Beach Park. That is true in part because you can’t drive up to Waipouli Beach or park. The best place for your car is at Kauai Village Shopping Center and then take a short walk across the street. Waipouli Beach Park has easier access and will give you a place to interact with locals.
Photo shows Waipouli Beach.