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Beach Safety

The Cliffs at Princeville - beach safety signs

W A R N I N G
Warning signs may not be posted at all county beach parks, and signs might not be posted for all potential hazards. Therefore, exercise caution and common sense at all times.

Enjoy Kauai’s beautiful coastal resources. However, visitors to our island are urged to exercise caution and common sense while pursuing ocean related activities.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Check for beach warning signs before entering the water.
  • Check with lifeguard (if available) on beach for surf conditions.
  • Avoid swimming in shore break areas.
  • Do not dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking surf.
  • Be careful on any beach during periods of high surf, riptides are most common during that time. If caught in one, do not fight the current. Wait until it subsides, then swim to shore. Do not panic.
  • Make it a point to check with the National Weather Service for surf advisories at 808-245-3564.
  • Nudity is prohibited on all Kauai beaches.

Beaches of Kauai

The Cliffs at Princeville - beaches

North Shore

 The north shore’s coastline is lined with majestic cliffs and flowing waterfalls. Many beautiful beaches are accessible by foot or by boat and offer excellent snorkeling conditions. Extreme caution must be exercised at all times, especially during the winter months. Watch for high surf, ocean currents and hazardous shore conditions.

East Shore

The windward side of the island is known to have many beautiful beaches. Tradewinds blow onshore much of the year. Caution must be exercised at all times, especially during the summer months. High surf, ocean currents and hazardous shore conditions exist.
The Cliffs at Princeville - On Site Amenities
The Cliffs at Princeville - On Site Amenities

South Shore

The southern coastline is a resort destination. Excellent for activities like snorkeling, diving, surfing, boat tours and much more. Great general recreation beaches. High surf and strong currents exist, and caution must be exercised at all times, especially during the winter months.

West Shore

The western coast of the island is known for its dry, hot and sunny weather. This coastline has many great sandy beaches, which are excellent for fishing, surfing, and sunbathing. With high surf, ocean currents and hazardous shore conditions, caution must be exercised at all times, especially during the winter months.
The Cliffs at Princeville - beaches