Kalapaki Beach

4 stars from 4 reviews
Address Rice Road, Lihue, HI 96766
One of Kauai's most popular beaches, backed by shops and restaurants.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Concession Stand
• Facilities: Equipment Rentals • Type: Kid Friendly
• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Bodysurfing
• Good For: Kayaking • Surfing Level: Beginner

Full Description
Kalapaki Beach is a popular beach in Lihue on the island of Kaua'i. Usually when a beach is popular it's because the beach is somehow extra special.

In the case of Kalapaki Beach, that popularity is mostly because the beach is right behind the large Kauai Marriott Resort. On top of that, cruise ships dock nearby and when passengers on a Hawaiian Island cruise get off they want to see a beach and this is the first one they can walk to.

It's by no means a bad beach, but Kalapaki Beach feels like a pretty average resort beach. It's decent enough but nothing here really seems better than average overall. It's what we call a "resort beach" because it's the type of beach you would use when you are staying at a nearby resort, in this case Kauai Marriott Resort, but otherwise wouldn't make a special trip to (so it's not a "destination beach").

The beach is pretty large with plenty of sand. The water is often calm and a bit protected from the open ocean and a good place for swimming. There are equipment rentals and lessons available. Plenty of restaurant and shopping options are available within walking distance as well.

Note that this beach isn't far from two major harbors (cruise ships and small boats) and anytime you have harbors the water by them isn't what you'd call clean, though they're not right next to the beach. On top of that, a stream empties into the ocean here (at times) on the west side of the beach so the middle to east sections are probably going to be the clearest.

Kristin R
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 22
Likes Received: 0
This beach is located right behind the Marriott's pool and is a great place to relax or swim.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
Been here several times now and it just doesn't impress. It's nice enough if you're staying here but it's not a beach you'd drive to when Kauai offers so many better beaches. On the flip side, there are good amenities here and having restaurants nearby is a big plus.
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 27
Kalapaki Beach has an overall 4.5 star average rating from many online reivews.
rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
This is a nice beach. I liked it. We got some ice shave from a nearby shop and walked over to the beach to eat it. Nice big beach with white sand. It's right in Lihue too so if you are on the cruise ship you can walk over there with no problem and spend the day at the beach if you do not want to rent a car.
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