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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.

Popular Activities at Poipu Beach

Get the most out of your time at Poipu Beach. Below is a list of some of the top things to do:

When planning your visit, you may want to think about purchasing a Surf Lessons and a Surf with Instructor - Intermediate Surfers.

For even more things to do, peruse our Koloa things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Poipu Beach


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Sheraton Kauai Resort C$364
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, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Kiahuna Beach, and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and Poipu Shopping Village are also within 15 minutes.

    Koa Kea Hotel & Resort C$508
    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 Moir Gardens and Poipu Beach. Brennecke Beach and Poipu Shopping Village are also within 15 minutes.

      Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa C$639
      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 C$250
        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.

          Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection C$448
          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 10-minute walk of Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Shopping Village. Baby Beach and Lawai Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows C$195
            Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

            Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

            2253B 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 15 minutes.

              Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club C$547
              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 Moir Gardens and Poipu Beach. Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Kai Tennis Center are also within 10 minutes.

                Lei Halia - Newly Built 2BR Home Steps Away From Poipu Beach With A/c!
                Lei Halia - Newly Built 2BR Home Steps Away From Poipu Beach With A/c!

                Lei Halia - Newly Built 2BR Home Steps Away From Poipu Beach With A/c!

                Koloa, Hawaii
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Poipu, this vacation home is steps from Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Kai Tennis Center and Moir Gardens are also within 15 minutes.