Favorite thing: Hawaiian Monk Seals are one of only two species of animals endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. They are high on the endangered species list with only 1,300 left in the world. It is an amazing site to catch a glimpse of one of these incredible animals but if you are lucky enough to encounter one of them on your trip please be advised that since they are on the endangered species list it is illegal to kill, capture, harass or disturb them. This means keep your distance. You should not approach a monk seal and are required by law to stay at least 100 feet away. If you are caught harassing a monk seal you may be fined up to $25,000 US and / or face up to 5 years in prison. Kauai is a great place to sneak a peek at one of these mighty sea creatures, that average 6 to 8 feet in length, but it’s estimated that only 40 live on the island. Monk Seals are often spotted at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, but you’re more likely to get a closer look at one of them on Poip’u Beach. There are a couple monk seals that come to nap on Poip’u Beach and volunteers are on hand to rope off the area surrounding the resting critter to ensure that visitors can view the seal from a regulated distance.
This park is comprised of a series of golden crescent shaped beaches great for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. There are some very safe shallow areas ideal for even the youngest toddlers. Surfing is best past the reef areas.
There is a large lawn area with coconut palms bordering the beach plus covered picnic areas and a playground. There are restroom facilities.
A lot of chickens reside here as elsewhere on the island. Obviously they are used to being fed since they do not hesitate to approach visitors.
Brennecke's Restaurant is across the street.
On Hoone Road, plenty of parking
Poipu Beach is known to have one of the best beaches in the world per "The Travel Channel". This gorgeous crescent shaped beach is protected by a reef and offers good swimming, snorkeling & surfing. There is mild surf close to shore at one end of the crescent which is ideal for those just learning how to surf. Lessons are given daily to visitors of all ages. More advanced surfing is in deeper waters beyond the reef.
If you are not staying at either the Kiahuna Plantation Resort or the Sheraton, public parking is available between the 2 resorts. The parking lot is small and fills up fast but there is also parking along Hoonani Road by the Sheraton. There is a small grassy area with palm trees and public restrooms.
Favorite thing: This beach is located at the end of Poipu Road by the Hyatt. It's primarily used by advanced surfers and boogie-boarders. Definitely not a swimming beach as surf is rough and currents dangerous. A nice beach to walk along and hook up with a couple mile shoreline trail.
Poipu Beach is located on the south shore of the island of Kauai. The area is referred to as the 'Sunny South Shore.' Due to northeastly trade winds, the south and southwest coast is somewhat protected and receives less rain than the rest of the island. When it does rain however, it is usually at night or early morning with possibly a few brief 5 minute showers during the day. Most days are nice and sunny.
On our last trip in Sept. 2004, there were showers every night but each morning the sun was shining.