Black Pot Beach Kauai

Black Pot Beach Kauai Hawaii
Black Pot Beach in Kauai, Hawaii

Black Pot Beach in Kauai

This awesome north shore beach is a perfect alternative to its neighbor, Puu Poa Beach. Puu Poa Beach is cut off by a river and difficult for anyone to access that isn’t staying at a nearby 5-star resort. On the other hand, Black Pot Beach is easy to access, has additional facilities, and provides an almost identical beach experience.

2022 UPDATE – In case you heard about Blackpot beach being closed due to 2018 flooding,  you can now know that it is reopened. There are a few changes since reopening.

There are less trees but a bigger paved parking lot. Also, you can no longer drive up onto the beach directly to park, but this isn’t keeping locals away from enjoying the beach.

Quick Facts

  • Other Names: Black Pot Beach
  • Known For: a gorgeous north shore Kauai beach protected from the often intense waves
  • Facilities: restrooms, picnic tables, showers
  • Lifeguards: yes
  • Parking: big lot that generally has spaces
  • Cost: free
  • Other: reef protected allowing snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding

Name of Black Pot Beach

Black Pot Beach gets its name from a large black iron cooking pot that was previously located on the beach.

While I couldn’t find the big cooking pot, I still saw lots of locals cooking and grilling on the beach.


This beach is on the north shore of Kauai. It is directly across the river/channel from Puu Poa Beach. It is also directly next to the Hanalei Beach Park.

If you drive here from the airport you should plan on it taking about an hour.

What to Expect Once There 

This beach is truly worth adding to your list for the perks you get from being here.

Free Parking/Full Facilities

There is a newly paved generously sized parking lot. While this beach can be popular, I had no problem getting a spot even on a busy saturday afternoon.

The beach also has showers, restrooms, picnic tables, as well as grills. There are also a good number of beach rentals.

Black Pot Beach Parking

Black Pot Beach parking Kauai
Black Pot Beach parking is free in Kauai, Hawaii

Reef Protecting Water From Big Waves

So many Kauai beaches have really intense waves that keep them from being swimmable. Thankfully the offshore reef protects the waters here.

This makes this beach great for swimming, snorkeling, or even a sport like stand-up paddle boarding.

Gorgeous Mountain Views

Lush mountains also frame the backdrop of this beach. I love the combination of an exquisite beach with picturesque mountains.

Black Pot Beach Kauai Hawaii
Black Pot Beach


There are likely going to be a decent number of people on this beach due to its proximity to the Hanalei resort area.

While there were plenty of other visitors, locals included, in no way did it feel crowded since the beach is quite large.

Conclusion: Is Black Pot Beach worth visiting?

If you are on the north shore of Kauai and looking for a beach with free and easy access, you should consider Blackpot Beach.

It is immediately next door to Hanalei Beach Park and basically the same experience. You can fully enjoy either one.


  • Dresses – Packing a few good dresses is essential for Hawaii. Dresses have become my go to on trips to help quickly put an outfit together. Revolve is one of my go to shops for beach dresses. ASOS also has great summer dresses.
  • Shorts – Anyone who is traveling to Hawaii needs a good pair of shorts. Khakis are great for guys. For women, cute athletic shorts or denim shorts are perfect for a breezy summertime look. These Levi denim shorts are my current favorites! These high waisted athletic shorts have gone viral on instagram and for good reason, they are AMAZING.
  • Sandals – LOVE these Teva’s! They are my new go to travel sandal. Shop my favorite Teva’s here. They are great to wear in the water snorkeling and also amazing for hiking in Hawaii.
  • Sports braThis SKIMS bra is the most comfortable sports bra you will ever wear! Trust me. I travel with 5 of them. Also, highly recommend checking out the SKIMS fits everybody bra is to die for as well.
  • Tank tops – Free people is my go to place to buy cute and affordable tank tops. I have this tighten up tank in almost every color.
  • Hat – essential. Shop the newest hats at Nordstrom.
  • Beach cover-up – Having at least one good cover-up is essential on any beach trip. I recommend ASOSNordstrom and Revolve as well.
  • Hiking boots – I have two pairs of hiking boots that I love. My Columbia waterproof boots and my Salomon hiking boots. Highly recommend checking them both out! Warning – they both sell out really quick.
  • Tennis Shoes – I guess you could wear sandals hiking this trail but I would recommend tennis shoes. It can get narrow and slippery in parts. These Nike high tops are my current favs. They look so cute with shorts too!
  • Packing cubes – I always go to Urban Outfitters for my packing cubes. They have the cutest ones!
  • Quick Dry Travel Towel – This quick dry towel is amazing to travel with. It really will come in handy when you need extra room in your suitcase.
  • Snorkeling gear – for obvious reasons.

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