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Anini Beach

Anini Beach is one of Kauai's  most beautiful: It sits on a blue lagoon at the foot of emerald cliffs, looking more like Tahiti than almost any other strand.  This nearly 3 mile long gold-sand beach is shielded from the open ocean by the longest, widest fringing reef in Hawaii.   It is one of Kauai's safest beaches for swimming and windsurfing and kayaking.  With shallow water -- 4 to 5 feet deep -- it's also the very best snorkel spot on Kauai, even for beginners.  On the northwest side, a channel in the reef runs out to the deep blue water with a 60-foot drop that attracts divers. Beachcombers love Anini beach too: Seashells, cowries, and sometimes even rare Niihau shells can be found here.  Anini has a park, a campground, picnic and barbecue facilities, and a boat-launch ramp.

The Anini beach area is less crowded than Kee, Princeville, or Tunnels beaches, but more crowded than any others mentioned.  On weekends you can expect a few large gatherings.

One can walk to Anini beach via Wyllies beach.  Take Wyllies road [2nd left when leaving the Cliffs Resort and heading toward the highway on the main Princeville road] toward the Puamana Condo Complex and Westin Hotel.  Walk  a quarter mile to just within a few hundred feet before the entrance for the Westin.   Look for a casual footpath paralleling the road and for a spot to cross onto the footpath.  [This footpath is actually the historic old road that circum-navigated Kauai]   Leave the pavement and walk along the tree lined footpath. Soon it will descends.  About 500 steps [1/3 mile] will bring you to Wyllies beach.  Head east across the stream and you're on Anini Beach. 

Anini Beach Park

Anini Beach

Anini_Beach_Boat Ramp

Upper part of trail to Wyllies Beach alongside Westin complex.

Lower part of trail to Wyllies Beach -- ready for descent.

--- Restrooms
--- Showers
--- Picnic Tables
--- Camping [with permit]
--- Boat Launch
--- Convenience Store nearby
--- Very Clean
--- White Sand
--- Plenty of Parking
--- Small to no surf
--- No vehicles on beach
--- 30 feet to next visitor

--- Snorkeling
--- Swimming [incl small children]
--- Wind Surfing
--- Kayaking
--- Scuba
--- Shell Collecting
--- Sunday Polo Matches
--- Hike from Anini Stream to Princeville Plateau along the historic old road. 
See Map.


Directions    -- 10 min  4 miles--
Head east [left] out of Princeville on Highway 56.  Turn north [left] on the 1st Kalihiwai Road junction at mile post 25.5.   After 0.25 mile turn left on to Anini Road -- and follow it another 0.45  miles down to the beach.   The first beach you will encounter is Hanapai Beach which is used mostly by surfers because reef protection is absent.  Then at 1.3 miles from the highway  you will come to Kalihika Beach which you have difficulty seeing because of the $5M to $10M houses between the sand and the road.  Finally at 1.7miles from the highway  you come to a full half mile state park access to Anini Beach Park where the roadway is less than 500 feet from the water.  The beach is bordered by wonderful grassy picnic grounds.  At 2.2 miles, the state park ends and the beach turns to lava rock for 500 feet.  Then the sand starts again for 0.6 miles and the beach is a delightful set of nooks and coves from 20 to 50 feet wide.  At 2.8 miles the road ends at Anini Stream.  You can wade across the stream and hike to Princeville up the old wagon road.  See Map.
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