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“Great for a quick dip off your cruise ship” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kalapaki Beach

Kalapaki Beach
Shoreline Access, Lihue, HI 96766, USA, Off Highway 56, Lihue, Kauai, HI
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Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Lihue
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Happy Valley, Oregon
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“Great for a quick dip off your cruise ship”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Kalapaki Beach is a public area, as are all beaches in the Hawaiia Islands (none can be private, by law). The Marriott will charge you for use of their beach chairs and facilities, or you can rent from a vendor located at the left end of the beach (facing towards the hotel). The water is generally protected and therefore not too rough, with paddle boards and hobies the principle sports. Don't plan on snorkeling here.

The beach is a fast walk (less than 10 minutes) from the dock where cruise ships tie up, so if you're coming in by ship, this is a good place to get your feet wet in the ocean. The water is generally about 75 degrees in the winter months, warming up as summer approaches and the warmest in the early fall (up to 85). The incline into deeper water is gentle, but this would not be a place to leave young children unsupervised. There are some rocks at the right end where tidal creatures can be found, and the selection of stuff washed up by the waves can be interesting too. Remember, if you take anything of the islands away from the islands, you never get to return and will have a run of bad luck!

Visited March 2013
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“Not worth to go”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We've just been there, it is small and nothing to except few surfers. we'd rather go Waikiki (The best) or Lahaina.

Visited February 2013
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“good beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

great beach for family fun, well kept and very clean, kid had a great time fighting the not so large waves.

Visited February 2013
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Milpitas, California
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“One of my favorite beaches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

It's in a bay so it's fairly tame but it's not completely protected so you do get waves here. It is not only beautiful but a fun, clean beach.

Visited February 2013
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Regina, Canada
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“Fantastic beach, and hardly busy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Beautiful beach with little wind due to the giant Kauai Marriott hotel right behind it. Was enough surf for the paddle surfers to play around a bit, and gorgeous scenery with the hills on the other side.

And the best part was that there were hardly any people there, even on days when a cruise ship was in port a block away. I'd take this beach over Poipu every day of the week.

Visited February 2013
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