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)
22°C / 72°F
Week weather forecast
Wed 26th26°C / 79°F
Thu 27th25°C / 77°F
Fri 28th23°C / 73°F
Sat 29th22°C / 72°F
Sun 01st25°C / 77°F
Mon 02nd27°C / 81°F
5 Day Poipu Beach UV Index
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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 light 06:39 Sunrise 07:01 Sunset 18:39 Dark 19:02
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 light 06:38 Sunrise 07:00 Sunset 18:40 Dark 19:02
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 light 06:37 Sunrise 07:00 Sunset 18:40 Dark 19:03
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 light 06:37 Sunrise 06:59 Sunset 18:41 Dark 19:03
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 light 06:36 Sunrise 06:58 Sunset 18:41 Dark 19:04
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 light 06:35 Sunrise 06:57 Sunset 18:42 Dark 19:04