Kalihiwai Beach is a local favorite on Kaua’i. If you are driving from Kilauea, past the Kalihiwai Bridge, off of Kuhio Highway 560, just wait a few seconds until you see the Kalihiwai Rd sign on your right side. Make a right turn on Kalihiwai Road to reach this local favorite beach. Here’s the map!
If Anini Beach is too crowded, you might want to do your overnight camping here. Kalihiwai Beach is a smaller remote beach that is calm and interesting for everyone and most of all the keiki (kids). As they swim they can feel the cold current from the Kalihiwai River that flows under the bridge that you drove over before making that right turn to Kalihiwai Road.
Many come to kayak or just lay under a tree to relax. This isn’t a typical beach to surf or snorkel because where the river meets the ocean, the water may get murky or rough during different seasons. However, it is a beach where families can relax, camp, and swim, so make sure you get your camping permit at the Lihue County Recreational Park office before you start setting up camp. Also, the parking is limited at times, so get creative and park on the grassy areas near the bumpy dirt roads or under the trees.