Guide to Kauai’s Beaches for People Planning Weddings, Events, and Vacations

Jun 25, 2021 | General Information

Having the envious mission of customizing experiences in Hawaii for clients and guests, wedding and special event planners know that each beach on each Hawaiian island is very different, visually and in the feelings and spirit that they communicate. For obvious reasons many of these beaches appear on postcards, in paintings, in the archives of professional photographers and in countless photos by visitors. (See Beaches of Kauai below)

Kauai has a few dozen beaches that are favorites of wedding and special event planners, typically evoking rave reviews from every invitee. Sometimes yachts or other boats cruising offshore are the venues for special events.

includes several of them. Most weddings take place on or near Kauai’s picturesque white sand beaches. A few of these beaches have been made famous by Hollywood, like Lumahai, where Mitzi Gaynor spent time “washing that man right out of her hair” in the movie South Pacific.

In addition to providing wonderful venues for weddings, many of Kauai’s beaches provide the right conditions and appealing options for watersports. Of course is biased, but most special events on or near the beaches of Kauai or any other Hawaiian island also should include the best choices of watersports.

For the purpose of planning a special event or your next vacation, we want you to know more about some of the beautiful beaches of Kauai that are really good for various kinds of watersports at the right time of year. Many of these beaches and their watersports can be enjoyed even more with the help of’s skilled vendors.

Some of our favorite beaches, along with those of event planners, are great for strolling, perhaps whale watching in winter months, but have strong currents and swells and require caution for watersports. Kealia Beach’s long stretch of white sand beach is one of these beaches. Popular for surfing and boogie boarding, Kealia adjoins the Kapaa Coastal Path that makes it perfect to explore the coastline on foot or by bicycle or, like Lumahi Beach, to visit on one of our guided tours. Another favorite, Mahaulepu Beach on the Heritage Trail, leads from Shipwrecks beach along a wonderful coastline of sand dunes, lava tubes, tide pools and white sand beaches perfect for beach combing.

Anini Beach

A beautiful beach with shade trees, Anini is one of the safer beaches on Kauai’s North Shore. Anini boasts the longest and widest fringing reef in the Hawaiian Islands. Its well-protected waters offer consistent conditions for water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Remember: strong currents are outside of the protective reef; and use caution during high surf.

Anahola Beach

Beautiful white sand fringes Anahola bay with the mountains of Kalalea in the background. Swimming and snorkeling benefits from a protective outlying reef. Anahola Beach Park just south of Anahola Bay provides a family-friendly location without having to haul gear too far.

Hanalei Bay

This two mile long crescent-shaped bay and its Pavilions Beach is popular for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, a walk or run, watching sunsets and all kinds of special events. Cruise the HanaleiRiver in Hanalei Valley on a standup paddleboard for a memorable scenic experience.

Kalapaki Bay

With a really good beach for swimming, learning to surf, boogie boarding and standup paddle boarding, Kalapaki Bay fronts the Kauai Marriott Beach Resort. Surfboard lessons take place there year-round.

Poipu Beach Park

One of Hawaii’s most popular beaches, Poipu Beach actually consists of several beaches where tombarefoot offers surfing lessions. Located adjacent to Poipu BeachPark, Brennecke’s Beach is very popular for boogie boarding and body surfing, but a better choice is Poipu Beach. Kiahuna Beach, a section of Poipu Beach, also is a good beach for various water sports, especially for beginners.

Beaches of Kauai

Anini Beach, Anahola Beach, Baby Beach Poipu, Brenneck’s Beach, Hanalei Bay Beach, Haena Beach, Hideaway Beach, Ho’ai Bay, Kalapaki Bay, Kalihiwai Beach, Kealia Beach, Ke’e Beach, Keiki Cove, Kekaha Beach, Keoneloa Bay, Kiahuna Beach, Lawai Beach, Lumahai Beach, Lydgate Beach, Maha’ulepu, Moloa’a Bay, Naue Beach, Nukoli’i Beach, Papa Loa Bay, Poipu Beach, Polihale Beach, Pu’u Poa, Pua Poa Beach, Salt Pond Beach, Secrets Beach, Shipwrecks Beach, Tunnels Beach, Wailua Beach, Waimea Beach, Waipouli Beach.