Poipu Beach Park
Poipu Beach Park
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Located on Kauai's sunny shores, this beach is particularly popular for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, and snorkeling. (And if you're lucky, you can spot Hawaiian monk seals here, too.)
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  • MSue
    Michigan213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach for snorkeling, Don3t miss early mornings and sunset!
    We walked to Poipu beach every morning after watching the sunrise at Shipwreck beach the 1st week of April. We sat on the rocks and watched turtles swimming and whale spouts in the distance. We came back around 5pm every night when the day-time crowds diminished to snorkel and watch the sunset. There is nothing like snorkeling while the turtles swim to shore for the night, then enjoying a puka dog while watching the sun sink into the ocean!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Kylee B
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turtles!
    Turtles! There were turtles here every time we came during our vacation and often monk seals too. At night, even more turtles come to the shore to lounge. It's a popular beach with a lot of people so volunteers keep the turtles safe. Many people snorkel here as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Alan T
    Meridian, Idaho28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW
    Well, my wife's first time snorkeling. Bay was a little choppy, and small rip tides, but she was a trooper. Busy place but very nice. Try to check conditions before going, but, go, it'll be worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • LnS2004
    Cypress, California6,228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    It’s easy to understand why this beautiful beach is popular with families. It’s clean and safe (with life guards alertly watching over water activities). There’s a grassy area for sunbathers. Soft sand and gentle waves beckoned. Clear water made for great snorkeling: our grandkids loved seeing colorful fishes near the corals. We watched a steady stream of arriving & departing visitors parading by with surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers. Bathrooms were clean. Parking lot was not full yet when we arrived around 11am. Judging from the turnovers, finding a vacant spot in the lot or on the beach shouldn’t be an issue. It got hotter and windy in the afternoon. There’s a Marriott Vacation Beach Club on the right flank within walkable distance for nice tropical refreshments to cool off.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Kyle_SD_308
    414 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Had a great time and this is a nice beach with parking, not much on Kauai offers parking. The floor has plenty of rocks so having shoes or flippers will be important. The sea turtles were on the beach and a fun feature.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Emi M
    New York City, New York10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would stay away from turtles and monk seals
    This is a beautiful small beach. There is an area walled off with lava rock for younger kids. Sometimes in the mornings at low tide it is less than 12 inches deep with minimal waves like a wading pool. Near the end of the rock wall the current gets much stronger with floor covered in lava rock but lots of fish for snorkelers. Would recommend kids always wear water shoes because there are random sharp rocks still in the sandy area. There is a play structure, grassy area, Puka Dog hot dogs and shaved ice within walking distance. Sunsets are beautiful. One issue with this place though- it is now overrun by people. The poor turtles that come up to the beach to rest and sleep at sunset have a bunch of tourists who surround them taking video and selfies with them. They have a very small fraction of the beach set up with cones but still people routinely ignore and walk right up to them. Sad to see such disrespect.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Kdawg282
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania1,303 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling and surfing beach with wildlife!
    A very nice beach here that has a lot to offer for families. The area closer to the shore is not heavy with current due to the protective barrier, making it ideal for snorkeling. There was a good variety of fish to see and very close to the shore. Lots of rocky areas, so water shoes would be advisable. Great surfing available to the left and right of the snorkeling area. Beach was very crowded and it’s a smaller beach, so it feels more crowded than it is. We saw sea turtles on the shore while there! Great place to visit in the south shore!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Rebecca S
    Salt Lake City, Utah4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    We went at sunset. Beautiful beach, fun to see the sea turtles & monk seals. Too many clueless people crowding to really let the wildlife who inhabit the area come up. Would be better if people had the sense to back up and let the monk seals & turtles have the space they need & deserve.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,962 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach but not easy to just show up
    We ended up here after a brunch nearby and just wanted to stop in and see the beach. It was a pretty area, but not really set up for a walk as it is smaller and fills in with people early. The Puka Dog restaurant nearby is almost its own reason to come here and have a dog while looking out at the ocean.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • T-dot_cowboy
    Toronto, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Nice beach, maybe 20 mins off the main road, tree tunnel. There were 3 green sea turtles resting on the sand and one active it the water at the time. They’re about 2 ft long so pretty big. Lots of people in the water as it might be the only beach nearby. The beach is sheltered by some rocks so looked like a good place for kids. We didn’t go in as it was just a quick detour
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
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almondsteph
Pocatello, ID3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed Poipu beach as we went late in the afternoon to see the turtles we were told about. The park was beautiful with facilities and picnic areas. There was snorkeling in a nice shallow bay and surfers nearby. As the sun started to set, turtles came into the bay and right up on the beach for their evening rest. It was amazing! They have a volunteer conservationist that comes and gives information about the turtles and answers questions. It was a wonderful experience!
Written 20 April 2024
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dbrown46
Vienna, VA517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a clean well maintained beach and park. Snorkeling was easy. There were large turtles and monk seals resting on the sand and were roped off for their safety. This seemed to be popular with families since it is well protected. Parking was easy and a shirt walk across a path.
Written 19 April 2024
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Robertos-Journey
Sandpoint, ID22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Poipu Beach is one of those places that I hate to love. It has snorkeling, swimming, body surfing and beach walking that is just wonderful…and there are lots of people. I was fortunate to see two huge endangered monk seals that had beached for a rest. They were protected by naturalists and a fence. There are some very nice resorts right along the beach where you can go and get a meal or a drink. There are public bathrooms and shelters for having picnic lunch or running under when a quick rain shower appears. The parking lot is large but as I said this is a very popular spot.
Written 19 April 2024
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LaurieB980
Portland, OR672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove down to Poipu Beach to have a bit more of a relaxed day after doing so many of the touristy sites prior, and this was so enjoyable as although there were many people out on the sand playing in the surf or lying on beach towels, there was plenty of room to walk and to see the water and sites. We loved seeing a large sea turtle making her way back into the water from a position on the beach where a tape "fence" kept people back from where she was so as not to disturb her at all. From there, we walked on a bit further where a young monk seal was sleeping on the warm sand! He, too, had a barrier to prevent anyone from getting too close and disturbing him. They had a sign up telling his sex as well as when he had come up on the sand to sleep. Every once in a while, he would raise a flipper or move so we knew he was still alive!
When my husband wanted to walk a little further, I went up to read at a covered picnic table, and watched as a rooster and a female chicken jumped up on the edge of a lined garbage can just a few feet from me to look for food. I broke out in laughter when the rooster fell INTO the can and I think falling in startled him so badly that there was a rush of fluffy feathers seen in the can before he was able to fly out! Funny that he didn't come back to try again! I got pictures of some cardinals with bright red heads as well as other birds coming to the tables to check me and a few other people out for any scraps from meals!
We were told not to feed any of the chickens, but while eating our food at a table, the wind blew our potato chips off the table and onto the ground!! And the roosters, mama chickens as well as their babies came running! They got free treats that day because we couldn't gather up the dropped pieces fast enough!
Written 23 March 2024
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Mackenzie M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Poipu was great! It was somewhat windy, but if you sit past the main beach over by the hotel it is protected from the wind. While we were there a seal and many beach turtles were sleeping on the beach. Volunteers did create a perimeter to protect the animals but you could around close to them to get pictures.

The snorkeling was great here even very close to the shore. I was actually worried about stepping on sea urchins, that is how close they are.

If you do make it here make sure to get a hot dog at Puka Dog, they were incredible!
Written 16 March 2024
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ORMum
Lake Oswego, OR153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The beach is lovely like a lot of the beaches in Kauai, but with Poipu beach, you are more likely to get a beautiful sunny day. There were 5-6 turtles basking in the sun when we were there, and this made it extra special.
Written 10 March 2024
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Kathleen S
Melfort196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We visited Poipu Beach three times during our stay at Lihue. Each time we were thrilled to see green sea turtles resting on the beach. The best time to go to see the turtles in between 5:30-6:30pm/ Volunteers are there to answer any turtle questions you might have and they also ensure that the turtles are kept safe. One of the afternoons we were there we also got to see a resting Hawaiian monk seal. The water is shallow and calm because of a protective reef, that makes it perfect for children and relaxing sea bathers.
Written 29 February 2024
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KevinL41872
Nashua, NH488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Everyone told us Poipou was beautiful, man were they right. Early morning drive from our condo and found parking around 10. Was about to snag a spot near the closest lifeguard tower. Made lunch and brought with us. Beautiful scenery, water was warm and crystal clear. Sand was soft but hot in the sun. A packed beach on a Sunday. Even watched our a visiting seal basque in the sun all day. What an experience.
Written 29 February 2024
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YvonneV1954
Urbana, IL106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our favorite beach on south Kauai, hands down. We observed monk seals & talked to the volunteers. The sea turtles come ashore. We counted dozens. Just beautiful! Sunset our last night in Kauai was top notch at Poipu Beach.
Written 21 February 2024
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Najjetta R
North Carolina16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Poipu Beach park is great for snorkeling and to see the seals wash up on the shore. Can't beat the beautiful sunset view.

*Would recommend water shoes due to the sharp rocks in shallow areas.
Written 12 January 2024
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