Kauai is one of the best Hawaiian Islands when it comes to spending time outdoors. Your family can easily spend hours driving and hiking to many of the island’s unique destinations. But you must be aware that some of the most beautiful sights in Kauai can only be reached by boat or plane. So, you must plan your family vacation in Kauai carefully if you want to truly see the beauty of this Hawaiian Island. Of course, that beauty includes some of the most stunning beaches in the entire world. Let’s explore some of the best beaches in Kauai and what they each have to offer your family vacation.
One of the longest reefs in Hawaii is located at Anini Beach Park. The reef is approximately two miles long. The water at this beach in Kauai is calm, so it is perfect for swimming. Just make sure your family doesn’t swim beyond the reef, because the currents get stronger on that side. Your family can watch the surfers who do venture past the reef.
Spending the day at the beach with your family can be challenging if everyone wants to do something different. At Kalapaki Beach though, it is possible to keep everyone happy with numerous activities. A day at this beach in Kauai can include swimming, paddleboarding, surfing, and beach volleyball.
The sunsets at Ke’e Beach are spectacular, so we must add this location to your Kauai vacation itinerary. I recommend you arrive early to get a little snorkeling in before the sun sets. This is also an excellent starting point for many area hikes. So, we can easily plan an entire day around this one beach.
Mahaulepu Beach is located on private land, but everyone is welcome to use it until six every evening. Kite surfing is popular at this beach, so you will almost always see people out in the water. If you are tired of swimming, you can change course and take your family on a hike. The Mahaulepu Beach Heritage Trail is quite popular. But if that is too much, you can simply explore the nearby coves.
It is best to visit Tunnels Beach during the summer, because that is when the water is nice and calm. However, if you do happen to vacation in Kauai during the winter, you can still visit for the stunning scenery. The lush rainforest is the perfect backdrop for selfies. And if you happen to go swimming, your family may want to check out the caverns and caves underneath the water. They were all formed from lava tubes.
Surprisingly, Kauai has a beach that is perfect for both swimmers and surfers. The west side of Poipu Beach Park has a cove filled with calm water. The other side of the beach offers stronger currents that are best for surfing. In between both sections, your family will have the chance to see monk seals sunning themselves on the sand. When you get tired of the sun and sand for the day, you can easily head over to the Shops at Kukui’ula for a shopping adventure.
If you have an active family who loves to hike, Kalalau Beach might make your list. This beach in Kauai is difficult to get to. Your family will need to hike for eleven miles along the Kalalau Trail to reach the beach area. The hike can be strenuous, but worth it for this once in a lifetime adventure. Just think of all the memories you will have from this one family vacation!
These are some of the best beaches in Kauai. You must let me know which ones interest your family the most. This way I will include them as I customize your family vacation in Kauai.
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