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Poipu Beach

Visit one of the world’s best beaches, with coves of white sand and clear water decorating the Sunny South Side.

Poipu Beach consists of three scenic stretches of white sand on the southern coast of the beautiful island of Kauai. The site also has a tree-lined park with paths and idyllic picnic spots offering outstanding views of the water. Enjoy the serene and picturesque setting as you wander along the three curved crescents of white sand.

Read a book or simply relax in the shade of a swaying palm tree. Sunbathe on the warm, white sand to work on your tan under the year-round sun. The beach is particularly busy on weekends, as it is among Hawaii’s most popular sandy havens. Snap photos of the scenic backdrop of forests and rocky outcrops.

Go for a swim in the calm water to cool down, while fish dart around your feet. The middle sections of the crescents are the best for families due to the calmer water. Play ball games with your kids in the natural ocean wading pool. Lifeguards patrol the sandy area of Poipu Beach Park. Spend the afternoon here and use the showers, restrooms and picnic tables.

Snorkeling gear is available for rent at the many resorts in the Poipu area. Search with your family for the exotic fish swimming around in the ocean. Bring a board and head to a rocky outcrop for surfing, body boarding and other watersports. Experienced surfers should head to the surf break over the reef.

Enjoy lunch or dinner at a bar or restaurant at the back of the beach. Stay at one of the resorts and hotels here.

Poipu Beach is part of its namesake commune on the southern coast of Kauai. It is just east of the Nu Kumoi Point and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. See the nearby sights, such as Poipu Fine Arts, Kiahuna Beach and Mano Okalanipo Park.

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Poipu Beach. Below are the most popular things to do:

You ought to consider checking out a Surf Lessons or a Surf with Instructor - Intermediate Surfers while you're here. These experiences are a few of the most sought-after.

Have a look at our Koloa things to do page to learn about more activities in the area.


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Sheraton Kauai Resort $289
Sheraton Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort

2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa, HI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Poipu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiahuna Beach and Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and Poipu Shopping Village are also within 15 minutes.

    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection $295
    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

    2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Koloa resort is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Poipu Shopping Village and Baby Beach. Lawai Beach and Poipu Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Koa Kea Hotel & Resort $389
      Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

      Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

      2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Poipu resort is within a 15-minute walk of Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Beach. Brennecke Beach and Poipu Kai Tennis Center are also within 15 minutes.

        Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas $298
        Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas

        Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas

        2440 Hoonani Road, Koloa, HI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Poipu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Kiahuna Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Poipu Beach. Poipu Shopping Village and Moir Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

          Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa $439
          Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

          Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

          1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Poipu resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Poipu Bay Golf Course and Poipu Beach. Shipwreck Beach and Makawehi Lithified Cliffs are also within 15 minutes.

            The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts $279
            The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

            The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

            1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Poipu condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Shipwreck Beach and Poipu Kai Tennis Center are also within 15 minutes.

              Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club $409
              Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

              Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

              2249 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Poipu condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Beach. Brennecke Beach and Poipu Kai Tennis Center are also within 15 minutes.

                Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
                Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

                Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

                2253 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Poipu, this beachfront condo building is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Beach. Kiahuna Beach and Moir Gardens are also within 10 minutes.