The quiet serenity of the emerald island of Kaua‘i makes it the perfect place for you and your family to spend some quality time together. From the sun-soaked beaches of the Leeward coast to the rugged mountains of the North Shore, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities and fabulous beaches. Go for a hike, rent kayaks, or find the perfect protected beach where even your littlest ones can learn to swim, surf, and build sandcastles. All of these family-friendly oceanfront Kauai activities (and many more) are just minutes away from your next vacation home with Ahh! Aloha.
While Kaua‘i’s North Shore beaches boast incredible scenery and breathtaking oceanfront Kauai views, large winter waves and rough conditions mean that not every beach is ideal for swimming. For the safest and calmest water, look to Hanalei Bay or Anini Beach. Hanalei offers wide stretches of sand, grass, and shade trees, perfect for beachgoers. The bay is relatively protected and an ideal spot for first-timers to learn to surf on the gentle break alongside the pier. Swimming is great year-round, and the sunsets from the pier are spectacular. East of Princeville, Anini Beach has a lagoon sheltered by a 2-mile long barrier reef that blocks the ocean’s powerful waves. The result is a peaceful, sandy bottom lagoon ripe with tropical fish and perfect for kids learning to swim or snorkel. Rent a SUP board or a surf board from the beach vendors (or the shops in town) and practice your balance in the water while keeping an eye out for turtles.
Oceanfront Kauai Playtime
For more fun in the sun, take the family to Lydgate Park in Kapa`a. The beach features two naturally enclosed swimming areas so children can enjoy the ocean while Mom and Dad don’t have to worry. It also has a lifeguard on duty. The neighboring Kamalani Playground has a Hawaiian-themed play area with swings, balance beams, musical bells, and even a volcano slide, making it popular with kids of all ages. If you are staying in Princeville, the community playground has a selection of slides, swings, and climbing trees for the kids while the library across the street is a great family stop. Adults and kids can even explore the odd collection of statues that mark the entrance to Princeville town.
The entire island of Kaua‘i is a playground for the entire family, with plenty of attractions to offer. Visit the famous Waimea Canyon, explore the beginning of the rugged Na Pali Coast (kids as young as 4 can handle the first half-mile of the trail before it gets too rugged), visit the working dairy farm of Kaua‘i Kunana in Kilauea, or take a relaxing kayak trip down the Hanalei River. There are also numerous walking trails and shore hikes perfect for all skill levels. No matter how your family likes to have fun, you will find plenty of exciting family activities island wide.