Located in a relatively well-protected cove on Kauai’s western shore, Salt Pond Beach is a crescent beach set between two rock outcroppings connected by a natural lava rock ridge that creates a small lagoon. This lagoon provides a nice swimming area for very small children. The beach has reddish-golden sand and is frequented by local families and is a popular camping area. Tidepools along the shoreline are fun for exploring while surfers enjoy the waves that break outside the reef. Snorkeling is best near the rock outcropping on the salt pond side of the beach where the commonly seen fish include butterflyfish, Moorish idols, goatfish, and many others. The center area of the beach is unprotected so swimmers should stay close to shore.
Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, picnics, camping (with a permit).
Salt Pond Beach is located next to Hawaii’s last remaining natural salt gathering area. The salt forms in smallholding ponds that are carefully tended until the summer months when the salt is harvested. This is an important Hawaiian cultural tradition that continues today.
Need to Know
During times of large waves, there are rip currents that may form in the channels between the natural rock ridge connecting the rock outcroppings on either side of the lagoon. This can create very dangerous swimming conditions. Never go in the ocean during times of high surf or rough seas and always stay close to shore. Do not go near the traditional salt gathering ponds which are cultivated by Hawaiians and are off-limits to the public. This area is fragile and should not be disturbed.
Restrooms, showers, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, barbecues, campsites.
Salt Pond Beach Park is reached by following Hwy. 50 west from Kalaheo past Hanapepe town and turn left just after Mile Maker 17 on Lele Street. Then make a right turn on Lokokai Rd. which leads to the park.