There’s a certain charm about Kukuiula Harbor and Beach. Unlike the larger Kauai harbors, like Nawiliwili and Port Allen, Kukuiula is a quaint crescent-shaped bay that welcomes swimmers, paddlers, kayakers and other beach-goers to its shores.

Many tourists end up at Kukuiula because it is the launch site for commercial boat tours. It is also located just past Prince Kuhio beach and on the way to Spouting Horn (blowhole) and Allerton Garden. Thus, a perfect place for a quick dip before venturing to other parts of the south side.

Rewind several years back, and the harbor beach did not seem as welcoming as it does today. There were some loose rocks, bushes and debris along the shoreline that discouraged beach-goers from hanging out. The Kukuiula Development Co. actually cleaned up the area and nearly doubled the beach area by bringing in more sand. This had been a condition imposed by Kauai County officials.

The harbor beach has really good water circulation, so it never appears to be stagnant like most other harbors. The water is always blue and always refreshing. The cool thing about Kukuiula is that you can enjoy it at all times of day. We love coming here to watch the sunset. Sit on the grassy area or on the beach for the best view in the house.

KUKUIULA HARBOR BEACH

• Between Prince Kuhio Beach and Spouting Horn (blowhole)

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