Lawai Beach in Poipu

Sep 4, 2020 | General Information

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Lawai Beach is a small but beautiful sliver of a white sand beach that is located just off the coastal road in the Poipu Resort area. Though it does not have a lifeguard tower it often has suitable conditions for snorkeling and there is plenty to see under the surface. Before entering the water though you should search out good advice from the lifeguards which can be found at nearby Poipu Beach. The water entry here under calm conditions is easy as the access is just off the sand beach onto a sand bottom. Further out you will find a rock bottom with various forms of sea life and lots of fish. Sea turtles may also make an appearance to the delight of all.

Because Lawai Beach Does Not Have a Lifeguard, you must be cautious!
Surfing and body boarding are other activities found at Lawai Beach though it falls into the category reserved for experienced surfers only. Waves break nicely on the outside reefs and create two separate surf breaks which are locally known as PK’s and Centers. These surf breaks are a short series of strokes from the entry point on the beach and this convenience has contributed to the popularity of these surf breaks among local experienced surfers. The sea wall on the south side of Lawai Beach makes an excellent vantage point to view the surfing activity here especially when the large swells lure the most accomplished surfers into the water.

Watching the Surfers at Lawai Beach
Contrary to many beach areas on Kauai, when you are visiting Lawai Beach you are in the midst of the bustle of activity of a resort community and are actually right off the road servicing many of the Poipu hotels. Nice bathrooms and showers are located right across the street from the beach but there are no picnic tables or benches.

Ocean Caution
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location until you have spoken to a lifeguard at nearby Poipu Beach. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There are no lifeguard towers at this location.