Kalapaki Beach

Kauai Marriott Resort: Kalapaki Beach

Kalapaki Beach is a great place to take your keiki when visiting Kauai.  One of Kauai’s popular beaches, this beach is located near the Lihue Airport and  Fronting the Kauai Marriott Beach Resort.  Kalapaki Beach is in a very central location to both the South and North of the island.  

Kalapaki beach is clean and well kept as it is part of an accessible beach for the Marriott Resort Visitors. In addition, Many amenities in the area provide a variety of accommodations such as surfboard, boogie board, fins and other beach item rentals.

Kalapaki Beach Boys

Shops and restaurants as well as Surf Lessons can be found near the beach. There are also shops and restaurants across the street in the Anchor Cove Plaza and Harbor Mall.  Furthermore, there are facilities that include restrooms and showers.

Kalapaki beach is good for beginning surfers, stand up paddle boarders as well as beginning bodyboarders.  Kalapaki Beach has a large break wall that protects the bay from the ocean.  Two streams (Nawiliwili Stream and Huleia Stream) flow into the ocean near the beach, therefore the water is not clear and is not a great place for snorkeling.  With a sandy bottom, it is relatively safe for all who like to go for a nice swim or just jump in too cool off on a warm sunny day.

Kalapaki Beach is a quarter mile long and is great for sunbathing, making sand castles, taking a walk or having a family picnic.  The ocean is relatively sandy and drops off gradually, making it safe for keiki when there are no large swells or shorebreaks.  We usually visit Kalapaki Beach if we are staying at the hotel, enjoying a school function or if we are running errands in the area.  Since Kalapaki Beach is not lifeguarded, we only share this beach as another option for bringing keiki if supervised by an avid adult swimmer.

Kalapaki Beach is a local hangout and and draws resident surfers as surf picks up during the winter months. Kalapaki Beach is a great place to play beach volleyball as there are four courts available to play on. On the other side of the beach there’s a park and picnic tables under ironwood trees that provide some shade.  A county park area is where Football practices as well as family gatherings and community events are held. The area is also a local hangout for pau hana get togethers and meeting new people as the cruise ship docks at the harbor once a week.  

The Nawiliwili Harbor area is also connected to the Kalapaki Beach area where there are kayak rentals as well as charters for sightseeing.  Goods come and go out of Nawiliwili Harbor on freighter boats and there many opportunities for your keiki to see boats and ships going in and out of the harbor.

In conclusion, Kalapaki Beach is another great place to visit when on the Garden Island of Kauai.  Since there are many amenities nearby, it is an easy beach location for a family that doesn’t want to haul or pack too much for a beach day experience.  Parking and beach access is located on the grounds of the Marriott Beach Resort.  

Check the Weather at Kalapaki Beach

Before heading to Kalapaki Beach, we always check the webcam for weather conditions.  Planning ahead of time helps us to find an area we know that the kids would enjoy.  Kalapaki Beach is a great place where our boys can catch the small waves and run around in the grassy area with other keiki.


Beach Safety

Remember to follow the beach safety guidelines, check surf and weather reports for current conditions, and observe posted signage.  Keep a constant watch on keiki who are playing in or around the water.  Never leave children unattended.  Small children should wear safety floatation devices unless they are avid swimmers and are being closely supervised.  

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