Lumahai beach Kauai Hawaii
Lumahai beach, Kauai, Hawaii

There are a lot of phenomenal beaches lining the shore of Hawaii’s island of Kuai. Because there are so many other more famous beaches, Lumahai is ultimately underrated.

There likely are a couple of reasons why this beach doesn’t get as much attention as others, and it’s not because it isn’t as stunningly beautiful.

First off, the beach likely suffers from the fact that it frequently has intense currents that will pull swimmers away from the shore. Yes, I know that’s scary! Usually the currents aren’t as intense in the summer, which will allow you to safely swim here.

Another reason that Lumahai Beach might be underrated is that until recently it was closed. A number of Kauai beaches experienced abnormal flooding and had to be closed while they were revitalized. Thankfully, Lumahai Beach is back open and ready to be fully enjoyed again.

There are still aWhen you visit Lumahai Beach you will first see how incredibly wide the sand lining the shore is. Wide bars of sand help make beaches feel.

Lumaha’i Beach Quick Facts:

  • Sand: Fine Golden sand (amazing!)
  • Water: Turquoise blue
  • Swimming conditions: Dangerous! Be careful swimming here
  • Known For: wide bar of sand and scary currents
  • Facilities: No
  • Lifeguards: No
  • Parking: Tons along the side of road
  • Cost: free
  • Other Names: Kahalahala Beach (next door)

Location of Lumaha’i and Kalahala Beach

Lumahai Beach is located on the north shore of Kauai. It is immediately next door to Kahalahala Beach. Sometimes these two beaches get lumped together as there really isn’t much of a break between them.

It is also in the area of the Hanalei resort area as well as the famous Haena State Park.

Haena State Park is famous for Kee Beach and being the launching point for the famous Kalalau Trail.

This area of the island takes about one hour to drive to if you are coming from the airport since you have to wind around the coast at times traffic can back up going through the small towns. At the worst times of day the drive could take you as much as two hours.

Lumaha’i Beach map

What To Expect at Lumaha’i Beach

This amazing beach has its unique elements that make it not suitable for everyone.

Lumahai Beach surfer in Kauai, Hawaii

Dangerous cliff jump on Lumahai Beach, island of Kauai.

Widest Sand Beach

Lumahai Beach has the widest bar of sand of all the Kaui beaches I’ve seen (and I’ve been to most of the Kauai beaches).

I literally got tired walking across the sand trying to access the water. In some places it is close to 100 yards of sand.

Lumahai Beach Kauai
Waves breaking onto Lumaha’i beach on the north coast of Kauai.

Lumahai Beach Waves and Intense Currents

While I love this beach you MUST be aware of the scary waves and currents. The currents are famous for pulling people away from the shore.

It is much calmer in the summer, but it still something to be aware of.

Waves at Lumaha'i beach in Kauai, Hawaii
Powerful waves at Lumaha’i beach

Lumahai Beach Parking

Unlike a lot of other Kauai Beaches parking at Lumahai beach is easy and free! There are plenty of pull offs where you can park directly in front of the beach. I had no problem finding an open spot even at the busiest times.

Some people with 4x4s will pull up into the trees/dirt to be even closer to the sand.


The rough waters and lack of facilities keep the crowds away. If you are okay with these things, being able to have a ton of sand to yourself is a huge perk!


Recent flooding and intense currents keep this beach from being more famous. Maybe that is an advantage if you are looking to avoid the worst crowds and don’t need to get all the way into the water. Lumahai Beach just might be the answer!


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Snorkeling gear – for obvious reasons.
  • 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.

Planning a trip to Kauai? Check out all our Kauai blog posts below.

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