Lawai Beach is a small strip of beach fronting the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant in the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. The beach is not visible during high tide but is a popular snorkeling spot during calm water condition.
A reef protects the beach from strong waves and provides snorkelers clear underwater views. The rocky bottom is home to a wide array of fish and marine creatures including butterfly fish, tangs, surgeon fish, wrasses, and puffers. Apart from colorful fishes and corals, Lawai Beach is also popular for turtles and rare Hawaiian monk seals which are frequently spotted here.
Lawai Beach is also great for capturing the sunset and watching experienced surfers ride the offshore break. "Acid Drop," "PKs" and "Centers" are three popular surf spots in this beach.
Amenities include restrooms, showers, large grassy area with shady palm trees, and plenty of parking. Other nearby tourist attractions include Poipu Beach and Spouting Horn.
How to get there:
From Lihu'i heading West on Highway 50, turn left on Highway 520 (Maluhia Road) at mile mark 6.8. After about 3 miles, you'll hit a T in the road at Koloa. Jog right and then an immediate left onto Po'ipu Road, and head South to Po'ipu. At about mile 4.8, take the RIGHT fork and head West. The beach is just about a half a mile at this point.