The Beach Guide

Poipu Beach

Poipu is the most popular beach on Kauai’s South Shore and by all accounts one of the most highly rated in all Hawaii (or at least according to Dr Beach). The island of Kauai itself is the least developed and with its abundantly lush interior is often referred to as the Garden Isle. So, despite the fact Poipu borders a number of resorts it still has plenty of pristine, tropical appeal.
The beach at Poipu is a series of three golden crescents of sand with the turquoise ocean to the front and swaying palms behind. On part of the central beach the rocks wrap around to form a natural breakwater inside of which is a shallow pool prefect for kids to play in. A lifeguard service operates on the beach too making it one of the safest to swim at on Kauai. Another family-friendly feature of Poipu is the large grassy picnicking area among the trees behind the beach. The park has plenty of amenities including showers, rest rooms and picnic tables.

Activity-wise there plenty to do in the water. With coral reef just off the shoreline the snorkeling here is great - keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot one of Hawaii’s famous humuhumunukunukuapuaa fish! In terms of surf there are a few spots off the beach but these break over the sharp coral reef so are best left to those with some experience.

Poipu Beach Park is also a protected conservation area making it a veritable haven for wildlife. Humpback whales can often be seen breaching offshore and the waters inshore are home to Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu) and the endangered Hawaiian monk seals. All in all not difficult to see why Poipu was once named America?s best beach.

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Poipu Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Tue Feb 25th 20:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
22°C / 72°F

Sea temperature
24.6°C
76.2°F
Wind ENE
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Wed 26th
Partly cloudy 26°C / 79°F ENE

19 mph
31 km/h

Thu 27th
Fair 25°C / 77°F ENE

17 mph
27 km/h

Fri 28th
Light rain showers 23°C / 73°F ENE

19 mph
30 km/h

Sat 29th
Rain showers 22°C / 72°F ENE

19 mph
30 km/h

Sun 01st
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F ENE

17 mph
27 km/h

Mon 02nd
Light rain showers 27°C / 81°F ESE

9 mph
14 km/h

5 Day Poipu Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Poipu Beach tide times & sea state

  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
    11:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
    17:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    High 5:31am (1.19m)
    Low 12:15pm (0.12m)
    High 6:25pm (1.07m)
    Daylight
    First light06:39
    Sunrise07:01
    Sunset18:39
    Dark19:02
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 19mph
    11:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
    17:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 20mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:29am (0.40m)
    High 5:58am (1.01m)
    Low 12:42pm (0.13m)
    High 7:19pm (1.11m)
    Daylight
    First light06:38
    Sunrise07:00
    Sunset18:40
    Dark19:02
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 20mph
    11:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
    17:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 1:39am (0.51m)
    High 6:27am (0.84m)
    Low 1:13pm (0.15m)
    High 8:26pm (1.16m)
    Daylight
    First light06:37
    Sunrise07:00
    Sunset18:40
    Dark19:03
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
    11:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 22mph
    17:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:28am (0.57m)
    High 7:01am (0.68m)
    Low 1:53pm (0.16m)
    High 9:42pm (1.25m)
    Daylight
    First light06:37
    Sunrise06:59
    Sunset18:41
    Dark19:03
  • Sun 01/03 »
    Surf report for Sun 01/03
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 21mph
    11:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 22mph
    17:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:55am (0.51m)
    High 8:08am (0.54m)
    Low 2:50pm (0.16m)
    High 10:53pm (1.38m)
    Daylight
    First light06:36
    Sunrise06:58
    Sunset18:41
    Dark19:04
  • Mon 02/03 »
    Surf report for Mon 02/03
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
    11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
    17:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
    Tide times
    Low 7:11am (0.39m)
    High 10:13am (0.46m)
    Low 4:02pm (0.13m)
    High 11:51pm (1.53m)
    Daylight
    First light06:35
    Sunrise06:57
    Sunset18:42
    Dark19:04

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