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Address: Highway 560, Kauai, HI
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Description: The isolated beach where the movie "South Pacific" was filmed. It is not a...
The isolated beach where the movie "South Pacific" was filmed. It is not a swimming beach but the views are spectacular.
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Our second favorite beach, easy to park at.

Lots of reviews on how this beach is dangerous and I can definitely see that in the winter. In July, the waves were big enough to body surf. The sand was angled so that there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of reviews on how this beach is dangerous and I can definitely see that in the winter. In July, the waves were big enough to body surf. The sand was angled so that there was a decent pull back out to the ocean but nothing our 9 & 12 year old boys couldn't handle. Just had to be aware... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lumahai.... This was one of the highlights of the trip. Such a beautiful, majestic beach with monstrous swells and intense shorebreaks. Supposedly, its nickname is "Luma-die" Beach so I would not recommend for anyone, except maybe Kelly Slater, to go swimming at this beach as the current is so rough and situated on an extremely steep sand slope. Many people... More 

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Austin, Texas
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170 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I'm embarrassed to say it's taken eight visits to Kauai before finally getting around to doing Lumaha'i. Why, you may ask? I can't think of a single good reason. On most days, if you get there before 11:30 a.m. or so, you can still find a place to park. The walk down into the beach isn't difficult or particularly long.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a great beach for romantic walks and 'toes in the water'. If you have kids, there are better places to safely spend your time, that have protective reefs, and safe places to swim. Here's a few: Anini Baby Beach Black Pot (Hanalai) You could also go further south to Moloa'a, which has two places for kids. Keep in... More 

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San Jose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lumahai Beach actually has two parts. The more west part is a large wide beach along a river. It was nice, but nothing special. The eastern part was outstanding. It's a smaller cove beach surrounded by trees and a little rocky coast. We were here in the summer and had a lot of fun in the waves which were pretty... More 

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Princeville, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A gorgeous beach, with quite dangerous swimming, if the swell is wrong. Stay in the protected area behind the rocks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Loved Lumahai! We visited early summer, and it was a very nice day with perfect conditions. That blue pacific water and the black lava rock outcroppings. This was my bliss. This beach is not a protected beach, at all. And there are are no facilities here. So, just be aware that this is not the easy and convenient 'family beach'.... More 

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Burleson, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Lumahai Beach is a popular and picturesque beach. This long stretch of white sand beach was made famous by Hollywood when Mitzi Gaynor spent her time on this beach washing that man right out of her hair, in the movie South Pacific. The beach is easy to reach by following a short trail down to the beach. I normally do... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Our kids were desperate to ditch the van and hit the beach. We couldn't tell from the road, but once we got out of the cars, we realised that no one in our party would be swimming in the ocean here. The waves were stunningly vicious, so we let them play in the river, well back from the mouth. Some... More 

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My husband and I stumbled upon this beach late afternoon and were so pleased we did. The beach was not safe for swimming but the waves were spectacular! The rocks create a small pool near the entrance and this let us enjoy the water without feeling in danger. We watched the sunset from Lumahai Beach and there was hardly anyone... More 

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