NAPALI COAST [info from
There are five major sand beaches within the
Na Pali Coast State Park. Only two (Hanakapiai and Kalalau) are accessible
by land. The other three are normally only accessible by boat from mid-May
to September. All of the five beaches are unguarded and their waters can
be extremely dangerous. Swimming and wading are not recommended.
- Hanakapiai: Located 2 miles from
Kee beach, a ninety minute walk for most hikers. One of Kauai's most
popular wilderness day hike destinations. Recreational swimmers and
snorkelers should exercise caution - dangerous water conditions year
- Kalalau: Located at the end of the
Kalalau trail, an arduous 11-mile trail that begins at Kee Beach (Haena
State Park). A six to ten hour walk for most hikers - Kalalau is the
most famous wilderness shoreline hiking destination in Hawaii. The beach
is long and wide and backed by low, vegetated sand dunes. Swimming
during periods of calm seas, mainly in the summer. Dangerous water
conditions prevail during the winter and spring months. Primitive tent
camping with permit (see camping).
- Honopu: Located 1/2-mile to the
west of Kalalau Beach. There is no overland access from Kalalau Beach to
Honopu Beach - Honopu is only accessible by boat (May 15 - September
15). Honopu (Conch Bay) is the most picturesque and the most
photographed of all the Na Pali Beaches. It is actually a pair of wide
pocket beaches separated by a huge lava arch. A waterfall drops from the
Honopu Valley floor about a hundred feet to the beach. During the winter
and spring, high surf often completely inundates the twin beaches.
- Nualolo Kai: Located about 2-1/2
miles west of Honopu beach, with no overland access - accessible by boat
only. Nualolo Kai is a long, narrow beach offering excellent snorkeling
and scuba diving. Good leeward anchorage for large boats, except during
periods of high surf in the winter months.
- Milolii: The westernmost of the
wilderness beaches in Na Pali Coast State Park. Milolii is located
approximately 4 miles from the western end of the beach at Polihale
State Park - accessible only by boat (May 15 - September 15). A long,
beautiful stretch of sand fronted by a large, well-developed fringing
reef offering excellent snorkeling during periods of calm seas. One of
the best shoreline beaches in Hawaii - a beachcomber's delight! During
the winter and spring, powerful waves preclude all boat landings.
Primitive tent camping with permit (see camping).
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