Kekaha Beach is on the far west side of the island along the Kaumualiʻi Highway outside of the town of Kekaha. We love this quiet beach for sunset watching, beach combing and four wheeling. The wide stretch of sand offers a great view of the water and island.
Escape the Crowds
Visitors love Kekaha because it tends to draw fewer crowds. And with less rain than other parts of the island, Kekaha Beach in Kauai is a great place to spend a day sunbathing.
We love that this beach is lifeguarded, which is especially important considering that wind and waves can get pretty intense here. In fact, this is the last lifeguarded beach on the west side. Kekaha also has a small pavilion with picnic tables between the parking area and the beach.
Killer Views of Kekaha and Lehua
From Kekaha Beach, you can see Niihau Island and Lehua Rock. Niihau is about 18 miles northwest of Kauai. It’s known as the “Forbidden Island.” One family has owned the island since 1864 (yes, you heard that right, owned). Elizabeth Sinclair purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.
Lehua Rock is a crescent-shaped island famous for its snorkeling and “the keyhole,” a geological feature the gives a view of the island straight through ones of its narrow arms. The island is a seabird sanctuary.
Beach Safety Tips for Kekaha Beach in Kauai
Running parallel to Kekaha Beach in Kauai are extensive sand bars that break massive waves. These waves are strong enough to snap surfboards in half. Surfing at Kekaha is best left to the experts. Though waves are especially high during the winter, you should always treat water as unpredictable. Never turn your back on the ocean and never swim alone.