Lumahai Beach

4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address Kuhio Highway (Hwy 560), Kapaa, HI 96746
Beautiful beach to hang out. Too dangerous for swimming in.

Features
• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty

Matt Anderson's Take
Lumahai Beach is a large stretch of sand, around a mile long, on the north shore of Kaua'i but this isn't a beach you would swim at due to very strong currents and undertows.


This is the beach from the movie South Pacific where Mitzi Gaynor "washed that man right out of her hair" so come and enjoy the beautiful views if nothing else. And on that topic, don't forget to also read Popular Movies & TV Shows Filmed In Hawaii.


Parking is available at the far west end with a fairly large dirt lot which might also be pretty bumpy so watch out for holes. This end of the beach is also where the Lumahai river dumps into the ocean and the green (though clear) waters from the river are not the most inviting.


Fortunately, the sandy beach area here is quite massive, and even dune like in areas, so you'll have plenty of space to spread out and call your own for the day or a couple of hours. Note that there are no facilities here.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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This is an awesome beach even if it's not one you'll swim at. It's massive with tons of sandy beach area all around. It's a great place to just explore and be in nature and enjoy some views. Kids will love running around the huge sandy area as well as seeing the river.
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Marv W
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 4
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I have only been to Lumahai Beach during the winter months. Swimming is not recommended in the winter there but wave watching is awesome. Stand back by the trees and watch the big waves roll in.
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thomas c
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 9
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Best beach in the world!
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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I love this beach. It's a big stretch of beach with few crowds. Lumaha'i Beach is on the lush part of the island giving it that tropical feel. Plenty of parking and shady trees nearby. It's a pretty long walk to the ocean from the parking lot, so make sure you bring your sunscreen, slippers, and whatever else you need to avoid a long walk back to the car. The shore-break is somewhat protected, so it's pretty safe for water recreation. But as always, check the weather report before driving here if you plan to spend the day at the beach.
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