Wailua Beach

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

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

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.