Kauapea Beach, more popularly known as Secret Beach, is one of the most picturesque beaches in Kauai, Hawaii. Located on the north shore of the island, Secret Beach is known for its size, seclusion, and beauty.
The beach's nickname came from the fact that it is not easily accessible and no public roads lead to it. To find it, take the Kuhio Highway past Kilauea and turn right on Kalihiwai Road. Follow the road for about 50 yards and then turn right into an unmarked, unpaved road. Proceed to the end and park. Nearby is the foot path leading to the west end of the beach.
Secret Beach is accessible all-year round but water conditions vary by season. Swimming is only advisable during the summer months but caution is still advised as the surf can get high or rough because of strong, unpredictable currents. Swimming and other water activities are prohibited in winter as the surf tends to be turbulent and dangerous.
Other popular activities in Secret Beach include picnicking, seashell hunting, surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling, and fishing. Tidal lagoons are formed on the west end of the beach, offering a kind of kiddie pool.
There are no facilities at the beach, so visitors must bring their own food and beverages.
Because of its remote location, the beach has attracted nude sunbathers, particularly toward the east and west ends. Although public nudity is not legal in Hawaii and despite the beach’s reputation, the beach is rarely patrolled and no one seems much concerned with the practice. In the rare instances that patrols are conducted, violators will invariably just be asked to cover themselves.
Kauapea Beach Photo Gallery