The Ninini Point Lighthouse stands as a stark white column against Kauai’s cobalt blue sky on the Coconut Coast. With continuous breezes off the ocean and picturesque views, this is a lovely stop off point when you’re in the Lihue area.
Ninini Point Lighthouse
Built in 1906 and automated since 1953, the inside of Ninini Point Lighthouse in Kauai is closed to the public. This 86-foot structure is located on a picturesque point jutting out from Kauai’s east coast. The lighthouse marks the entrance to Nawiliwili Bay and provides 180-degree views of the bay and surrounding ocean. Sunrises are beautiful here, with the sun rising from the ocean and pastel colors spreading across the sky in front of this east shore lookout. While the scenery here is picturesque, the real thrill is the lighthouse’s proximity to the airport. There is nothing like laying back on the warm lava rocks near the lighthouse and feeling the rumble as huge planes dip low and zoom overhead during takeoff and landing. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy as you watch the planes and boats go by. With its proximity to the airport, this is also a great stop-off point on your way to or from catching a flight.
Planning Your Excursion
Ninini Point Lighthouse is located in Lihue, tucked between Nawiliwili Harbor and Lihue Airport. From Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50/56), turn toward the ocean on Rice Street, and then left on Ninini Point Street. This will eventually turn into a rutted dirt road following along the airport fence. It’s possible to drive all the way down to the lighthouse, but drivers should keep in mind that driving off paved roads violates some rental car contracts. Depending on recent rain, this road can be rutted and difficult for cars sitting low to the ground. If the road is impassible, you can also park and walk the rest of the way in.
Other Activities Near Ninini Point Lighthouse
Ninini Point Lighthouse is situated just down the road from the popular Kalapaki Beach, making it an easy stop-off point before or after staking your claim in the sand. Kalapaki is tucked in Nawiliwili Bay, resulting in water conditions that are usually calm and good for swimming. Small waves breaking along the shoreline also provide just enough fun for the kids to find entertainment in hopping waves and boogie boarding.
For those hoping to fulfill the dream of surfing while on the island, Kalapaki Beach is a good location for beginners and intermediate surfers. Kauai Beach Boys is an outfitter that is located right along the water’s edge, providing lessons and equipment rentals without the hassle of having to load bulky gear onto your car. Experienced surf instructors are on hand to provide instruction and stay with you in the water, ensuring you’re up and riding waves during your very first lesson!
If you’ve been intrigued by the phenomenon of stand-up paddle boarding, Kalapaki Beach is also a good location to give this popular island sport a try. Away from the surf break, the calm waters of the bay provide a tranquil environment for enjoying a new water sport and getting in a great workout all at the same time. For those who want to forgo the lesson and simply rent some top-notch gear, surfboards, stand up paddle boards, body boards, fins, snorkel sets, prescription masks and vests, beach chairs and umbrellas, and single and double kayaks are all on hand for your water fun!
Ninini Point Lighthouse is also located near some of the island’s best shopping and dining opportunities. Portofino’s and Duke’s are two restaurants that are situated right along Kalapaki Beach, offering upper level oceanfront dining and upscale menu options just steps from the sea. Duke’s also has a lower-level bar separated from the sand by only a winding paved pathway. For low-cost groceries, snacks, beachwear, beach gear, and souvenirs, Walmart and Costco, both located in Lihue, are your best bet. Harbor Mall is just down the road from the lighthouse, a small outdoor shopping mall that features a handful of restaurants and nearby food trucks. Kukui Grove Shopping Center is also located in Lihue, where you will find a surf shop, home décor shops, boutiques, Macy’s, and Starbucks, as well as a handful of restaurants such as Kalapaki Joe’s, Deli & Bread Connection, and Kauai Bakery & Coffee.
We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Staying at one of our east coast properties such as Banyan Harbor, Islander on the Beach, Kaha Lani, Kauai Beach Resort, Lae Nani, or Pono Kai will put you in close proximity to enjoying Ninini Point Lighthouse in Kauai and great local activities. Contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected] to make your vacation rental booking and to get started with planning your ideal Kauai getaway.
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