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Nukolii Beach Park

Nukolii Beach
This two-mile stretch of white sand beach is the longest beach on the east shore of Kauai

Also called Kawailoa Beach and sometimes Kauai Beach, this two-mile stretch of white sand beach is the longest beach on the east shore of Kauai. The nearshore waters are shallow and somewhat rocky providing only fair swimming. Snorkeling and scuba diving can be excellent when the water is calm. Fishing is also good in this area with the protection of an offshore reef. The fringing reef does not provide significant protection during times of high surf, however, so always use extreme caution when entering the ocean. Nukolii Beach borders Lydgate Beach Park. Fronting Nukolii is the Wailua Golf Course and Kauai Beach Resort.

Great For

Swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing when ocean conditions permit.


Beachcombers often wander along this stretch of sand searching for treasures while surfers enjoy the offshore break known as Graveyards.

Need to Know

Swimming and snorkeling should be done at Nukolii Beach only when the water is very calm as currents and shore break waves can create hazardous conditions. When swimming always stay close to shore, and never go in the water during times of high surf or rough seas.

Nukolii Beach Park by WavesDVD




Located at the south end of the beach near the hotel.


Nukolii Beach is reached by following Hwy. 50 south from Wailua and then turning right on the dirt road located just past Mile Marker 4. This road leads right to the beach. One beach access is located near the entrance to the Hilton and another is located between the Wailua Golf Course and the Kauai Beach Resort. You can park in front of the golf course and then walk through the hotel parking lot to reach the southern part of Nukolii Beach.