Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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On Kauai's less-populated northern shore is the scenic Lumaha'i Beach. At the western end of the beach, at the point where the Lumaha'i River hits the sea, is the wide Lumaha'i swimming hole. 

Formed by a deep pool just before the river flows into the ocean, the swimming hole stretches from the shore past the highway bridge. The water is generally still and protected by a wide sandbar from the ocean, making the swimming hole much safer for families and children looking for a spot to wade into the water. Set right beside the dirt parking area, it's also an easy destination to haul picnic supplies to.

On the far side of the swimming area is a hillside where locals like to leap from - with rocks, climbable trees, and rope swings all at varying heights. During our visit, we also saw locals jumping from the highway bridge and swimming back to the sand, though legality and safety should be double checked before attempting to do this.

There are no bathrooms or water on the beach. Parking is in the dirt lot at the west end of the stretch of road paralleling the beach. Following wet conditions, this parking area may get incredibly muddy, in which case it may be easier to park in the gravel off the road and walk over.

There are no lifeguards at the swimming hole.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Safe for children. Rock jumping and rope swinging.


Limited parking.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Family friendly
Near lake or river



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