When visiting Hawaii, you’ll find some of the most breathtakingly-beautiful beaches in the world. But just because they’re beautiful doesn’t mean they’re safe. Kauai, in particular, has had an alarmingly high number of drownings, which is why it’s best to head to lifeguarded beaches.

Here’s a list of Kauai beaches with lifeguards on duty during the day. You should always check with them before jumping in, to make that sure it’s safe.


Hanalei Bay & Pine Trees (Hanalei Bay)

About two miles of white sand beach best define this North Shore spot. It is located between Hanalei River and Waipa River and great for swimming and surfing.

Kee Beach Park

During the summer months, when the ocean is calm, this beach is popular for snorkeling and swimming. Look for the butterflyfish, goatfish and surgeonfish while exploring these waters.


Poipu Beach Park

Thanks to a small boulder breakwater, there’s a protected swimming area in front of this beach park. At low tide, a sandbar is exposed, with a gently sloping ocean bottom.

Salt Pond Beach Park

Tucked between rocky points, a pocket of sand makes up this beach. It creates a natural large saltwater pool that has constant circulation. A perfect place for children.


Lydgate Pond

Located near the mouth of Wailua River, Lydgate is one of the most popular beach parks on the island. Swimmers, surfers, pers and beachcombers frequent this spot, and on south-wind days, it’s great for sailing.


  1. quick comments on your post about ocean tragedies on Kauai. Horrible events are far too common here and do not have to occur.  We strive to pre warn anyone we see while out jogging the beaches, surfing and diving before they may get in over their heads.I use to be a fire fighter EMT here as well as ocean life guard  and even with intense new marketing tactics by Dr Downs and the visitors bureau to increase awareness, the drownings continue.  Many point to the new guide books showcasing formally secret coves and secluded trecherous tide pools that only us locals knew or visited. Others blame visitors lack of self responsibility. Its extremely saddening when another drowning occurs and we as a communty hurt, continually dialoguing about what more can we do.  Just know that everyone here cares enough about visitors safety to jump in verbally and or physically when we see a guests about to make a bad choice. Gone are the days of just pulling some one out. There have been hundreds of "preventative" rescues over this past year alone that could have lead to other deaths. Proactive and more education are in play.  mahalo for your time.  mike

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