Wailua Beach

3 stars from 4 reviews
Address Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56), Kapaa, HI 96746
Near the Wailua River. Lots of debris and murky water, swimming isn't recommend here.

Features
• Type: Murky Water • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Sunrises
• Good For: Windsurfing • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Matt Anderson's Take
Wailua Beach isn't really the best beach around if you're looking to lounge around on the sand or go for a swim. The sandy area, while quite large, is full of beach debris (sticks, etc) that wash up on shore.


Swimming isn't good because of strong currents and the murky water from the Wailua River that empties into the ocean here. While shark attacks are rare (see Shark Attacks In Hawaii), sharks do tend to prefer murky waters. The area to the north end of the beach is usually less murky.


It is a popular spot for surfers and kite boarders so might be a good spot to set up camp for a bit to watch the show. It's also the one right across the street from the famed Coco Palms Resort that was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki and took decades to be rebuilt.

This place is part of the Wailua Heritage Trail.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 802
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Not a great beach all. Not terrible, just not great. It's right off the main road so you get a lot of traffic noise and the water isn't inviting at all. Add in a ton of beach debris and you can certainly find a better beach. Of course, if you're in the area and just want a place to hang out for a bit it's good enough for that.
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Ted D
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 1
This beach is not used much, but it's a long beach with usually a lot of debris from the Wailua River. Do not swim there when it's murky and never swim there when murky and at dusk, that's when sharks will feed and come in close, buts its very nice when clear.
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rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
This is a long white sand beach right in Kapaa. Unfortunately, it is not the nicest beach. Lots of debris on the sand. We hang out here a lot while my hubby goes fishing. The kids play in the sand and run in and out of the surf. The waves are usually too choppy for swimming, and if it has been raining please beware of brown water. Wailua beach gets lots of debris (and other yuck) from the mouth of Wailua river, which enters the ocean at the south end of the beach. If you're in the mood for a beach and in the area, take a short drive over to Lydgate beach park.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
A fine local beach for people nearby, but for those of you flying to Kauai to see beautiful scenery, move on. Plenty better ones down the road.
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