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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to the West Side of Kauai  

Kauai Beaches:
A Sampler

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West Side (Part 1)
(See also Lifeguard Safety Tips, Kauai Drive Guide, Kauai Camping)

Call National Weather Service 245-6001 for Weather Forecast & 245-3564 for Marine Forecast.
As lifeguard services may vary, call the County of Kauai at 241-6506 for current coverage.

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©Ann Cecil

Located adjacent to Port Allen Airport. Take Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50) to Waialo Road (Hwy 54) to the park.

Adjacent to the only functioning Salt Ponds in the Hawaiian Islands. Swimming conditions are normally safe except during periods of high surf. Good snorkeling area and a popular surfing and windsurfing site.

Pavilion, restrooms, showers, camping, lifeguards.

©Ann Cecil
Located 2 miles east of the mouth of the Waimea River.

One of Kauai's most famous surfing beaches. Home to Infinities - the reef that has the exact edge and slope to create the perfect wave - one of the longest rides in Hawaii. Shark sightings in the murky water are common.

©Ann Cecil
Located off Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50) at Kekaha

Endless stretch of white sand beaches. Swimming, snorkeling, body boarding, surfing.

Pavilion, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, BBQ pits, lifeguards.

©Ann Cecil
Located at the end of Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50) at Mana - watch for sign to park. Continue 5 miles along unpaved road to the park.

One of the widest beaches in the State, backed by extensive sand dunes. Site of Hawaii's famous Barking Sands. Good views of the Na Pali Coast. Safe swimming at Queen's Pond. High surf, particularly during the winter and spring, generates dangerous water conditions. Swimming in the summer only.

Pavilion, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, BBQ pits, camping.

On to West Side - Part 2 (Na Pali Coast State Park)

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