Rock Quarry Beach is a popular local surfing beach located on Kauai’s north shore within a somewhat protected bay. The Kilauea stream empties into this bay. A large sandbar formed by the mouth of the Kilauea River creates a calm area, however, the bay itself is not protected by any offshore reef so it is subject to large surf. Surfers and bodyboarders are frequently seen on the waves at Rock Quarry though it is not recommended for beginners, especially when the waves are large. Swimming is good within the calmer areas as long as the surf is not too big. Snorkeling is best on the west side of the beach when the ocean is not too rough.
Sunbathing, beachcombing, fishing. Swimming and snorkeling when the water is calm. Surfing and bodysurfing for those who are experienced.
The river mouth area is known as a good fishing spot. Kayaking is popular in the bay as well as the river. The thickly vegetated hills that surround this beach provide a picturesque setting. A rock quarry that overlooks the bay was abandoned many years ago.
Need to Know
The water at Rock Quarry can be a bit murky due to the river runoff. Beware of strong currents and rip tides and only swim when the water is calm. Swimmers should stay within the calm pool area near the river mouth.
Rock Quarry Beach is reached from Lihue by following Hwy. 56 north to Wailapa Road just before Kilauea town. Turn right on Wailapa and go about .6 miles down the road turn left onto a dirt road that will lead you down a hill about .5 miles where you can park overlooking the beach. It is just a short walk down to the beach.