Waimea Beach

3.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 9771 Laau Rd, Waimea, HI 96796
Murky waters, less than ideal for swimming. Interesting sand color and pier.

Features
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Black • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Fishing
• Good For: Sunsets

Matt Anderson's Take
Waimea Beach, also known as Waimea State Recreation Pier, on the island of Kaua'i is not to be confused with the incredibly popular Waimea Bay Beach Park on the island of O'ahu.


This beach is located right at the Waimea State Recreation Pier, just west of Lucy Wright Beach Park, and it's kind of a black sand beach. It's nothing like Maui's beautiful Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach but more of a brownish-black color that really feels more like dirty sand.


The whole beach area, as well as the water, isn't very appealing or impressive when compared to many of Kauai's amazing beaches. It is pretty large and likely to be nearly empty but it's not a place you'd come and swim due to the murky water, partly due to the Waimea River that empties into the ocean here.


The waves are often gentle, though there is a lot of sand churning up in the waters near the shoreline. The beach is filled with all sorts of debris (branches and such) and there aren't any facilities here. Locals tend to hang out here so it's probably a good place just to hang out for bit or maybe to watch a sunset.


Assuming it's relatively clear out, you should be able to see the forbidden island of Ni'ihau off to your right (west).
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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Kauai's Waimea Beach is sort of a sad beach and, with murky waters, not a place you'd come for a swim. The pier here is fairly unique and makes for some fun photographs but otherwise it's not a spectacular beach.
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Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
We stumbled across this beach by accident after our Na Pali Coast tour. We were driving back towards Princeville and the sun was going down and I saw the beautiful colors in the sky. I told my husband "Pull off to the next beach access! I want pics!!) and like any good husband, he complied. (LOL) Much to my surprise, it was a black sand beach! We got some awesome pictures of the sunset and the contrast with the colors in the sky, the black sand, and the pier was amazing. While this isn't the greatest beach for swimming or daytime photos, it made for some awesome sunset photo opportunities!
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Tracy M
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 6
I visited Waimea beach on a previous trip to Kauai. While true it is not the most superior beach to be found on the island I did find the color of the sand interesting. The day we were there the water was choppy so of course it was murky but the beach was still a wonderful place to take a nice relaxing walk and enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves. It had it's own unique charm.
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Bella R
Joined: Apr 2015
Reviews: 9
Likes Received: 1
Not a great swimming beach but it was close to my hotel so I came here a lot to just sit and relax and read a book. I could set up a chair and umbrella here for hours and never have anyone bothering me.
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