Poipu Beach





Fun, Friendly Beach

Poipu Beach is a bustling, family-friendly escape on Kauai, and one of the best-loved and safest beaches on all of the island. This sandy stretch offers variety not only in its resorts, activities and amenities, but also in its landscape. The area comprises golden sand, a large sandbar, black rocks, tall palms and lush hills off in the distance.

If it’s a genuine Hawaiian beach experience you’re looking for, Poipu Beach won’t disappoint.

Stellar Snorkeling

The serene water allows great views of aquatic life and even the chance to see an endangered monk seal that might come to shore for a rest. Travelers rave about the species of fish they’ve spotted through their snorkeling masks at Poipu Beach. Parrotfish, triggerfish, wrasses and flounder, among others, often make an appearance.

You might also find yourself swimming alongside sea turtles, and in the winter and spring months, you might catch a glimpse of a humpback whale far off in the distance. Besides snorkeling, boogie-boarding, swimming and surfing are popular beach activities.

Eclectic Fare

Plenty of dining options are scattered near the beachfront and along Poipu Road — everything from elegant dinner clubs to more laid-back joints with impressive oceanfront views.

For dessert, head to Old Koloa Town, with its interesting sugar-industry history and plantation-era buildings. Order a scoop of ice cream or a slice of pie from Lappert’s Ice Cream Store, a local favorite that makes its pies daily.

Top it off with a fresh cup of coffee and get ready to head back to the beach to watch the sunset.

Poipu Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Hawaii

Length of Beach:.5 miles

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:Between September and November: best hotel rates

High Season:December to March

Low Season:April to November


  • Restaurants
  • Rentals: snorkeling gear
  • Lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular