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Kalapaki Beach

Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.

Bordering Nawiliwili Bay, Kalapaki Beach is a picturesque sandy stretch enclosed by dramatic cliffs. The cove is among the island’s most popular sunbathing spots due to its crystal clear water and spectacular coastal views. Bring your kids to swim in the shallow transparent water.

Snap photos of the scenic green mountains that surround the bay, with elegant sailing boats in the foreground. Lay down a blanket on the strip of grass at the back of the beach and enjoy a picnic. Sunbathe on the stretch of sand and build castles with your family. Beachcomb for aquatic treasures and shells and play volleyball with friends.  

The large break wall around the bay makes the sea particularly calm here, inducing ideal conditions for learning to surf. Get lessons from the Beach Boys Kauai site, where you can rent boards and canoes. Other rental huts have catamarans and stand-up paddleboards, among other equipment. 

Arrive early in the morning to have the beach to yourself. Stay for the sunset for gorgeous views of the changing hues of the sky reflected in the ocean water. 

Watch the cruise ships arriving at and departing from Nawiliwili Harbor and spot local residents on outrigger canoes. Dine at one of the cafés and restaurants at the back of the beach, where you will find a luxury resort and shopping options. 

Make use of the restrooms and showers at the beach. Note that lifeguards do not always patrol this area. Although the beach is part of the Marriott Resort complex, it has public access, as is customary in Hawaii. 

Kalapaki Beach is on the southeastern coast of the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Fly to Lihue Airport and drive south for 30 minutes to get to the beach. See nearby sights, such as Nawiliwili Park, Nawiliwili Harbor and Ninini Point.

Popular Activities at Kalapaki Beach

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

Want to discover this popular attraction in an unforgettable way? Then you can't miss a Surf & Board Lessons at Kalapaki Beach.

For many more activities, examine our Lihue things to do page.

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3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Nawiliwili resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

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    3411 Wilcox Rd, Lihue, HI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nawiliwili, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kalapaki Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kilohana Plantation. Lydgate Beach Park and Wailua Falls are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nawiliwili, this beachfront condominium resort is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

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        3610 Rice St, Lihue, HI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lihue, this resort is steps away from Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

          Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences
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            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            3610 Rice Street, Ocean View, Lihue, HI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lihue, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Bay and Nawiliwili Harbor are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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              3610 Rice St, Lihue, HI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Lihue, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Bay and Nawiliwili Harbor are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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                Full Resort Access. Ocean Front 1 Bedroom - Marriott Kauai Beach Club

                Full Resort Access. Ocean Front 1 Bedroom - Marriott Kauai Beach Club

                3610 Rice St, Ocean Front, Lihue, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Bay and Nawiliwili Harbor are also within 1 mile (2 km).