Kealia Beach on Kauai

Visit Kealia Beach Park

On the east side of Kauai? Are stuck in the infamous traffic that tends to back up in the Wailua and Kapaa areas of Kauai?

If you end up in one of these situations you may see a gorgeous beach calling your name.

While Kealia beach is beautiful, it is worth knowing that the waves and rip currents get quite intense here so it might not be the best place to swim.

The strong waves attract a lot of local surfers so it’s probably best suited to soaking up some sun and watching the extreme athletes.

Kealia Beach on Kauai
Kealia Beach

Quick Facts

  • Other Names: Kealia Beach Park 
  • Known For: A distraction from area traffic, local surfers, 
  • Facilities: Restrooms and Showers
  • Lifeguards: Yes
  • Parking: Almost always space in a large lot
  • Crowds: Mainly locals
  • Cost: Free
  • Other: beware of strong rip currents

Location

You can’t miss Kealia Beach as you drive down the east side of the island. Its wide sand is clearly visible from the road.

Without traffic it is only about a 20 minute drive from the airport, but this area is prone to back up. 

What to Expect Once There

You are very likely to see strong waves crashing into the shores of the beautiful beach. The waves are known for being extremely consistent. This generally means that the beach isn’t a good choice for swimming as the waves could potentially pummel you into the rocks that are at either end or the strong currents could pull you away.

Surfers and Boogie Boarders

Not surprisingly, the waves attract a bunch of strong surfers and body boarders. I enjoyed watching them display their talents from the shores.

Parking

There is a large parking lot where you shouldn’t have any problem finding a parking space. Even if the lot does somehow fill up, there are other places you can park in the dirt lot just outside of the parking lot.

Kealia Beach parking
Kealia Beach parking

Restrooms, Lifeguards, and Showers

Thankfully this beach includes restrooms, lifeguards, and showers. The lifeguards are especially nice when they are manning the tower since the waters can get so rough.

A Protected Cove For Safe Swimming

When the waves aren’t too rough there is a cove for protected swimming. That being said, I’ve been there when the waves were crashing over the rocks of the protected cove so you might not want to take the risk considering a rogue wave come could crashing over at any point.

Final Thoughts Kealia Beach

I learned that in Hawaiian Kealia means bed of salt. While I am sure it is not its intended meaning, I enjoyed dozing off on the salt bed shores while watching surfers and soaking up sun.

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