Kaua‘i’s windblown and wave-swept beaches on the North Shore make for great scenery, but they are often too rough for swimming. However, just below the scenic bluffs of Princeville lies one of Kaua‘i’s best beaches. Thanks to a massive, 2-mile long barrier reef – the longest coral reef in Hawai‘i – Anini Beach boasts a natural breakwater and sheltered inner lagoon that is a haven for snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming on the otherwise rough expanse of Kaua‘i’s North Shore. The inside fringe of the reef and the shallow, sandy bottom of the lagoon is home to diverse and colorful marine life, along with some of the most beautiful stretches of pristine white sands you will find anywhere on the island.
Picture Perfect Paradise
As you descend down from the highlands through the lush forests to the sands of Anini Beach Kauai, the tranquil lagoon beckons to you, shimmering in the Kaua‘i sun, its turquoise waters giving way to deeper greens and blues outside the long fringing reef. In close to shore the crystal clear water reveals golden sands that stretch for miles down a beach shaded by scenic ironwood trees offering plenty of picnic spots. Because the rough winter waves seldom penetrate the outer reef, swimming is generally safe here year-round (there is no lifeguard, so always check the conditions and obey any posted signs). While swimmers and sunbathers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy the shallows, the edge of the reef is a popular spot for snorkelers, it is one of the top places to hit for windsurfers, and divers with a little more experience (NOTE: Be careful of currents by the channels through the reef). One of our favorite past times is to skim across the surface of the calm lagoon on a stand-up paddleboard, exploring the edge of the reef while watching the tropical marine life flit about beneath you.
Anini Beach Kauai, Paradise on Earth
Perfect for families with small children, there is plenty of beach to explore. Everyone will enjoy the chance to stroll the miles of sandy beach, enjoy a picnic or a sunset, and relax in the calm, refreshing waters of this peaceful lagoon. Anini Beach features public restrooms, showers, and plenty of parking, and is easily accessed via the scenic Anini Road on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. So grab your towels, your snorkel gear, and your favorite snacks, because this swimming spot is perfect on your vacation nearly every day out of the year!