Poipu Beach Park in Kauai (Kid friendly beach with great snorkeling!)

Poipu beach Kauai Hawaii
Poipu beach Kauai Hawaii

Poipu Beach Park

Poipu Beach has repeatedly been voted the #1 beach in America. Not surprisingly, this beach is a complete package, and exactly what you think of when you imagine the perfect Hawaiian getaway.

It features clear blue water, gentle rolling waves, and even lava rock outcroppings that are great to snorkel around. It’s no surprise that one of Kaui’s most popular resort areas sprung up around this amazing beach.

Poipu Quick Tips

  • Other Names: Poipu Beach Park
  • Best for: All around beach
  • Famous for: Kid friendly beach with great snorkeling. Also, being voted #1 beach in America
  • Times I visited: Saturday and Sunday afternoon
  • Facilities: restrooms, showers, picnic tables
  • Lifeguards: yes
  • Parking: Free lots as well as a few public spots in the resorts lining the shore

Poipu Beach Location

Poipu is located on the southern coast of Kauia on the eastern side of the island. It is about a 25 minute drive from the airport.

What To Expect

Clear blue water and wide stretches of sand are not the only thing you will find on this amazing crescent shaped beach. Great snorkeling and lots of families.

Sandbar Creating A Perfect Swim Spot for Kiddos

There is a sandbar that cuts across the cove and blocks the waves from coming further in. While this does block the waves for those that are hoping to boogie board or surf, it creates a perfect shallow pool for the kids to swim in.

Poipu beach sandbar
Poipu beach sandbar

Rocky Outcroppings Create a Snorkel Opportunity

There are a couple of rocky outcroppings that attack all different kinds of sealife. While it isn’t the best snorkeling in Kauai, it certain is a spot where you can put on your mask and find some unique sea creatures.

More Gentle Consistent Waves

If you are looking for intense waves to surf on, then this probably isn’t your beach. The waves usually are much more gentle which can be great for beginning boogie boarders or inexperienced surfer though.

Poipu Beach Facilities

This beach has lifeguards, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables.

Poipu Beach Park in Kauai Hawaii
Poipu Beach Park in Kauai Hawaii

Poipu Beach Rentals

There are a number of shops just off of the shore if you want to rent your own surf or snorkel equipment.

Poiopu Beach Parking

This is where things can get a little difficult as so much noteriety attracts lots of potential visitors. There are a couple of general access parking lots across the beach, and there are a few non-private parking spots in the resorts lining the shore (Hawaii requirement).

While the spots often fill up, I’ve still been able to find one on busy weekend afternoon if I spent a little bit of time circling. Hopefully you stay at a nearby shore and can walk directly onto the sands.

Poipu beach parking


Unfortunately with all the noteriety this beach receives it makes a good amount of people want to visit. While you aren’t going to be fighting for sand space like you sometimes have to on Waikiki in Honolulu, there will likely be more people here than on many of the other Kauai beaches.


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