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Kauai Hawaii Beach Rules and Guidelines

Leave Only Footprints

As the Hawaiian proverb states, “Malama i ke kai, a malama ke kai ia oe!” Care for the ocean, and the ocean will care for you. The waters surrounding Kauai are teeming with wildlife, some of which are endangered. Being sure to pick out trash and leaving nothing other than footprints on your visit to Kauai’s beautiful beaches will keep them looking pristine and protect the wildlife. With 1.3 million tourists descending upon this tiny island of only 72,000 residents, it is imperative that visitors do their part in keeping this beautiful island clean and follow Kauai Hawaii beach rules.

Choose Safety First and Follow Kauai Beach Guidelines

Kauai has many lifeguarded beaches, providing the safest options for swimming. Lifeguarded beaches offer updated signs stating the water conditions, which can change daily and even hourly. Kauai’s reef-protected beaches often offer tranquil, shallow water perfect for swimming. However, during periods of large surf, even swimming at these beaches can become unsafe. It is important that visitors remain aware of the current water conditions at all times and do not enter the water during conditions with large waves and strong rip currents.

Respect the Wildlife

It is common to see green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals resting on the warm sand. These sightings are amazing chances to see some of Kauai’s beautiful wildlife. Hawaiian monk seals are critically endangered, and will often be roped off when snoozing on a lifeguarded beach to ensure visitors keep their distance. State and federal laws protect sea turtles and monk seals from being touched or disturbed in any way by onlookers. Admire and take photographs (without flash) of these amazing creatures, but please follow Hawaii beach rules, and keep your distance and respect the wildlife in their natural habitats. The Department of Land and Natural Resources suggests that people keep a distance of 10 feet from green sea turtles and 50 feet from Hawaiian monk seals, particularly if it involves a mother and her pup.

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We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. All of our rentals are in prime locations near some of the island’s best beaches. Many of our vacation rentals offer gorgeous ocean or mountain views, island-inspired décor, full kitchens, swimming pools, and breezy lanais. Contact us today to plan your Kauai getaway, and to learn more about Kauai beach guidelines and attractions. E komo mai! Welcome to Kauai!