Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Kawailoa Bay is a scenic small beach that lies along the backroads near the old Koloa Sugar Plantation area. Receiving few visitors as a whole, and even fewer to the more distant corners of the area, Kawailoa sees very few people. It's parking area - which lies at the furthest end of the beach access road - only has enough space for a couple cars to park at. 

Once there, the beach is made up of one sandy side that stretches up into towering dunes, and another side of cliffs, lithified stone, and eerie geological formations.

There are no amenities of any kind here, and you'll often find you have the beach to yourself, as most visitors get out to stretch a bit or walk along the turquoise waters, but not many spend too much time here.

The beach lies along the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and the feel of this entire area is just unbridled, wild Kauai.

The surf here is dangerous, so swimming should be saved for one of the more tourist-friendly beaches nearby. However monk seals can often be seen around the area, and the rock formations, including both wet and dry blowholes, trenches, and wondrous erosion formations are all very interesting.

There is also a good amount of shade just off the sand here.

Access is down private roads that are closed with a locked gate from sunset to sunrise each evening. The owners have granted public access to many areas, please be respectful when in this area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic beach. Very few visitors.


Limited hours.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Big vistas
Family friendly
Sand Dunes



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