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.

NORTH SHORE

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.

SOUTH & WEST SHORE

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.

EAST SHORE

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.


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