Poipu Beach Park
Poipu Beach Park
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Located on Kauai's sunny shores, this beach is particularly popular for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, and snorkeling. (And if you're lucky, you can spot Hawaiian monk seals here, too.)
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  • LnS2004
    Cypress, California8,976 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    It’s easy to understand why this beautiful beach is popular with families. It’s clean and safe (with life guards alertly watching over water activities). There’s a grassy area for sunbathers. Soft sand and gentle waves beckoned. Clear water made for great snorkeling: our grandkids loved seeing colorful fishes near the corals. We watched a steady stream of arriving & departing visitors parading by with surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers. Bathrooms were clean. Parking lot was not full yet when we arrived around 11am. Judging from the turnovers, finding a vacant spot in the lot or on the beach shouldn’t be an issue. It got hotter and windy in the afternoon. There’s a Marriott Vacation Beach Club on the right flank within walkable distance for nice tropical refreshments to cool off.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Kyle_SD_308
    401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Had a great time and this is a nice beach with parking, not much on Kauai offers parking. The floor has plenty of rocks so having shoes or flippers will be important. The sea turtles were on the beach and a fun feature.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Emi M
    New York City, New York12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would stay away from turtles and monk seals
    This is a beautiful small beach. There is an area walled off with lava rock for younger kids. Sometimes in the mornings at low tide it is less than 12 inches deep with minimal waves like a wading pool. Near the end of the rock wall the current gets much stronger with floor covered in lava rock but lots of fish for snorkelers. Would recommend kids always wear water shoes because there are random sharp rocks still in the sandy area. There is a play structure, grassy area, Puka Dog hot dogs and shaved ice within walking distance. Sunsets are beautiful. One issue with this place though- it is now overrun by people. The poor turtles that come up to the beach to rest and sleep at sunset have a bunch of tourists who surround them taking video and selfies with them. They have a very small fraction of the beach set up with cones but still people routinely ignore and walk right up to them. Sad to see such disrespect.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Kdawg282
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania1,589 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling and surfing beach with wildlife!
    A very nice beach here that has a lot to offer for families. The area closer to the shore is not heavy with current due to the protective barrier, making it ideal for snorkeling. There was a good variety of fish to see and very close to the shore. Lots of rocky areas, so water shoes would be advisable. Great surfing available to the left and right of the snorkeling area. Beach was very crowded and it’s a smaller beach, so it feels more crowded than it is. We saw sea turtles on the shore while there! Great place to visit in the south shore!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Rebecca S
    Salt Lake City, Utah6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    We went at sunset. Beautiful beach, fun to see the sea turtles & monk seals. Too many clueless people crowding to really let the wildlife who inhabit the area come up. Would be better if people had the sense to back up and let the monk seals & turtles have the space they need & deserve.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,923 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach but not easy to just show up
    We ended up here after a brunch nearby and just wanted to stop in and see the beach. It was a pretty area, but not really set up for a walk as it is smaller and fills in with people early. The Puka Dog restaurant nearby is almost its own reason to come here and have a dog while looking out at the ocean.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • T-dot_cowboy
    Toronto, Canada23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Nice beach, maybe 20 mins off the main road, tree tunnel. There were 3 green sea turtles resting on the sand and one active it the water at the time. They’re about 2 ft long so pretty big. Lots of people in the water as it might be the only beach nearby. The beach is sheltered by some rocks so looked like a good place for kids. We didn’t go in as it was just a quick detour
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • JERI J
    Nampa, Idaho12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    Wonderful beach for swimming, surfing, & snorkeling. But the best part was seeing the turtles come up at dusk onto the beach. Amazing! There was also a monk seal taking a nap on the beach when we arrived. They do rope off the area to respect the seals and give space for the turtles. The sunset here was also beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • 4Bug-a-Boos
    304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a great time!
    Such a great time! We visited this beach multiple times during our stay. It just kind of had everything we needed. It is a good spot for snorkeling, they have lifeguards on duty, there are restrooms and even showers. We never had a very hard time finding a spot on the beach or in the parking lot (I'm sure other times of the year that may not be the case). It's just a beautiful place and it worked out very well for us.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • heidiE
    Vestavia Hills, Alabama88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stop while exploring the south side of Kauai
    Nice beach with ample parking and restaurants nearby. A lot of people were snorkeling and swimming. We saw 2 monk seals and a green sea turtle resting on the beach. We were exploring the south side of the island and spent about 30 minutes here. It would be a great place to spend several hours or more. There are shade trees, a grassed area and pavilions.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
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BaseballFan5
Chicago, IL387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Poipu Beach is a must do on your Kauai vacation!!! The beach is very large and clean. There is a great area to surf, snorkel, and swim, and the area is a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

But, best of all are the turtles. Every evening, sea turtles make their way up onto the sand to sleep for the night. There will be volunteers there roping off the area to to protect them. The volunteers are friendly and love to answer all of our sea turtle questions. Early in the morning, the sea turtles will then scoot back into the water to play in the surf. This beach is also a great place to watch the turtles swim in the water all day. On our last night there, we also saw 2 monk seals playing in the water and make their way onto the sand at the same time the turtles were coming in.

Once in a lifetime experience, and Poipu Beach will always be on my must-do list when I return to Kauai.
Written 13 June 2024
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BrianMaryAdventures
Fairbanks, AK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Poipu has been rated one of the best beaches in the US. It certainly doesn’t disappoint. To the right of the lifeguard tower is a great place to swim and play in the surf. To the left is shallower, a great place to snorkel. We saw so many different fish, it was awesome. Oh, and we made friends with the Monk Seal’s and Sea Turtles that showed up
Written 29 May 2024
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Sightseer59721865544
132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing beach, so many turtles and even a sea lion. Beautiful sand and sunset and a great, safe spot for snorkeling or for kids to swim!
Written 9 May 2024
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Renae P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Beautiful views of the lush green mountains and foliage and the roll of the waves. Enjoy the warm sand as you relax to the sound of the surf.
Written 9 May 2024
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almondsteph
Pocatello, ID5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed Poipu beach as we went late in the afternoon to see the turtles we were told about. The park was beautiful with facilities and picnic areas. There was snorkeling in a nice shallow bay and surfers nearby. As the sun started to set, turtles came into the bay and right up on the beach for their evening rest. It was amazing! They have a volunteer conservationist that comes and gives information about the turtles and answers questions. It was a wonderful experience!
Written 20 April 2024
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dbrown46
Vienna, VA497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a clean well maintained beach and park. Snorkeling was easy. There were large turtles and monk seals resting on the sand and were roped off for their safety. This seemed to be popular with families since it is well protected. Parking was easy and a shirt walk across a path.
Written 19 April 2024
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Robertos-Journey
Sandpoint, ID89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Poipu Beach is one of those places that I hate to love. It has snorkeling, swimming, body surfing and beach walking that is just wonderful…and there are lots of people. I was fortunate to see two huge endangered monk seals that had beached for a rest. They were protected by naturalists and a fence. There are some very nice resorts right along the beach where you can go and get a meal or a drink. There are public bathrooms and shelters for having picnic lunch or running under when a quick rain shower appears. The parking lot is large but as I said this is a very popular spot.
Written 19 April 2024
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LaurieB980
Portland, OR653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove down to Poipu Beach to have a bit more of a relaxed day after doing so many of the touristy sites prior, and this was so enjoyable as although there were many people out on the sand playing in the surf or lying on beach towels, there was plenty of room to walk and to see the water and sites. We loved seeing a large sea turtle making her way back into the water from a position on the beach where a tape "fence" kept people back from where she was so as not to disturb her at all. From there, we walked on a bit further where a young monk seal was sleeping on the warm sand! He, too, had a barrier to prevent anyone from getting too close and disturbing him. They had a sign up telling his sex as well as when he had come up on the sand to sleep. Every once in a while, he would raise a flipper or move so we knew he was still alive!
When my husband wanted to walk a little further, I went up to read at a covered picnic table, and watched as a rooster and a female chicken jumped up on the edge of a lined garbage can just a few feet from me to look for food. I broke out in laughter when the rooster fell INTO the can and I think falling in startled him so badly that there was a rush of fluffy feathers seen in the can before he was able to fly out! Funny that he didn't come back to try again! I got pictures of some cardinals with bright red heads as well as other birds coming to the tables to check me and a few other people out for any scraps from meals!
We were told not to feed any of the chickens, but while eating our food at a table, the wind blew our potato chips off the table and onto the ground!! And the roosters, mama chickens as well as their babies came running! They got free treats that day because we couldn't gather up the dropped pieces fast enough!
Written 23 March 2024
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Mackenzie M
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Poipu was great! It was somewhat windy, but if you sit past the main beach over by the hotel it is protected from the wind. While we were there a seal and many beach turtles were sleeping on the beach. Volunteers did create a perimeter to protect the animals but you could around close to them to get pictures.

The snorkeling was great here even very close to the shore. I was actually worried about stepping on sea urchins, that is how close they are.

If you do make it here make sure to get a hot dog at Puka Dog, they were incredible!
Written 16 March 2024
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ORMum
Lake Oswego, OR148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The beach is lovely like a lot of the beaches in Kauai, but with Poipu beach, you are more likely to get a beautiful sunny day. There were 5-6 turtles basking in the sun when we were there, and this made it extra special.
Written 10 March 2024
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