Anini Beach, on the north shore of Kauai, is one of my favorite beaches. It is a long stretch of coastline protected from the breaking waves by a shallow lagoon, perfect for snorkeling. The trade winds blow directly onshore making the environment very comfortable for sunbathing. Choose from the boat launch and wind surfing beach where there are public bathrooms and picnic tables
or claim a quiet inlet of sand as your own.
Anini Beach is very unique to Kauai in that the waves break so far out that swimmers and sea life enjoy calm, clear water. The bottom is a rocky reef where snorkelers search out tropical fish and honu (sea turtles). Here is a video of what one such snorkeler found at Anini Beach. As he mentions, the currents can be strong in the area. Drifting allows underwater viewing with little effort, but you may have to walk back up the beach when you are done. The honu are protected and deserve our respect so please stay at least 30 feet away from them as they glide through the water.
Because it is so protected, Anini Beach is great for kids. My nephew and his two-year-old son had a blast last summer while his auntie took photos. The “waves” were just the right size.
Anini Beach is also fun for future parents. Yesterday I met this couple on the shore who were obviously excited about their baby-to-be. Due date – July!
But the best part about Anini Beach is that there are plenty of trees for shade! With the cool ocean breezes it is easy to think your skin can handle the sun. Be warned: Hawaii’s sun is intense. You will get plenty of sun so when you can find a bit of shade, take advantage of it. The False Almond, Ironwood and Palm trees hang deliciously over the sand for your comfort.
To get to Anini Beach drive a couple of miles south from Princeville and turn left on Kalihiwai Valley Road (the last turn before the long concrete bridge). Turn left again on Kalihikai Beach Road and drive along the coast looking back toward the Kilauea Lighthouse. There are several little pull outs along the way.
Keep driving along the section which is lined with homes and stop at the park for a look-see. There is plenty of parking along the grass or in the parking lot. During the summer, when the swells are down and the winds are up, you are likely to see lots of people trying their hand at windsurfing.
Then continue driving to the last stretch of bumpy roadway where you may park along the shore next to the perfect spot for your beach time. If you bring a fishing pole along you may even be able to catch a fish for dinner.
So as you can see, Anini Beach has it all. Whatever you choose to do, this north shore beach will not disappoint. It is simply a piece of paradise!
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