Donkey Beach (Paliku Beach)

  • Donkey Beach - USA
  • Donkey Beach - USA
    © Gabriel Millos and licensed for reuse under this Licence Pinterest

Donkey Beach, also known as Paliku Beach, is a relatively secluded beach on the east coast of Kauai. A stretch of unspoilt golden sand backed by fields and a few trees this is a lovely spot to throw down a towel and soak up the tropical sun.

The beach here isn’t the best for swimming and snorkeling though as the waves can be powerful and the currents strong. In fact it is more popular with surfers and bodyboarders when the conditions are good.

What Donkey beach is perhaps best known for is as a nude / clothing-optional beach. The catch here is that nudity is not officially allowed in Hawaii and the beach here relied to some extent on the owners of the surrounding land turning a blind eye. In fact access to the beach involved cutting across one of their sugar cane fields.

In recent years however, the land has new owners who are less tolerant of the beach being used by naturists. In addition XXXXXXXXXXthe sense of seclusion at Donkey beach has diminished over the years. These changes might make one question whether this is still one of Hawaii’s best nudist beaches.XXXXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXXXOh, and in case you were wondering where the donkeys were, they went a long time ago, when there was still a working plantation here. The donkeys were used to carry the bundles of cane from the fields.XXXXXXXXXX

Nearest town/city


Also known as:

Paliku Beach

Nudist/naturist beach


Submit a correction

More Hawaii beaches in USA

Current weather (Sat Jun 15th 12:00)


24°C / 75°F

Sea temperature


Donkey BeachFull weather & tide times info »