Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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The hike to the Pools of Mokolea is an interesting one that you'll likely see few others taking on. Beginning at a popular beach and swimming area, the short walk heads out to Mokolea Point, where a lava shelf contains trenches, tidepools and pools large enough to enter.

Kahili Beach, sometimes called Rock Quarry Beach, is a wide picturesque bay on Kauai's north shore. One of many beaches in this part of the island with no real amenities, Kahili Beach is probably one of the easiest to access for those looking for a semi rugged yet family friendly experience.

Taking its name from the quarry that once sat just across Kilauea Stream from the bay, Kahili Beach requires parking on a gravel road - Kahili Beach Road - and then walking a short way down a dirt path to reach the edge of the sandy shore. Upon reaching the water, surfers and bodyboarders tend to ride the waves to the left near the mouth of Kilauea Stream, while snorkelers can wade around to the right when the tide isn't hazardous.

There is no shade on the beach, but visitors can pull their blankets off the sand and into the forest area beside the beach to escape the sun for a while.

Two other areas of interest adjacent to the beach are the Pools of Mokolea Hike which can be reached by crossing the mouth of Kilauea Stream, or walking down an alternate path from the parking area to reach Kilauea Stream Swimming Hole, a large flat pool near the river's mouth. Local fishermen will also cross the river and cast from the rocks further out in the bay.

There are no lifeguards, bathrooms or improvements of any kind at Kahili Beach. Parking is on the shoulder of a dirt road and can fill up quickly during peak travel season.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Variety of activities.


No bathrooms or amenities. Limited parking.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


Snorkeling / SCUBA
Family friendly



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