Lydgate State Park

Lydgate State Park, Wailua: Address, Phone Number, Lydgate State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Lydgate State Park
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Denise P
35 contributions
Dec 2021
They had a giant play structure made out of wood that my grandkids loved playing on. The "pond" was perfect for little swimmers, too. We spent a whole day at this park and returned for a second go round on the playground. Highly recommend this park. It was recommended to me by a local at one of the resorts.
Written January 4, 2022
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Andrew T
134 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Really calm waters to snorkel. Not many fish and honestly it was a small area but perfect for young kids. We did see a large school of blue fish that were huge so made the trip worth it.
Written November 11, 2021
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Amanda C
Vacaville, CA20 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We love the snorkeling at Lydgate Park. The seas were very volatile today but the water at Lydgate was perfect. We are beginner snorkelers so this was perfect. We saw lots of fish and didn’t have to deal with the crowds.
Written September 14, 2021
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SusanC
95 contributions
Sep 2021
This is one of the most beautiful beaches and the best one for kids and novice swimmers. The sand is soft and there are two man made areas that are more mild because of the rocks that keep it separate from the big rolling waves. There are also plenty of different types of fish you can see without actually having to snorkel in the water. I saw some bluefin and sturgeon on my visit.
Written September 12, 2021
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Lisa041167
California71 contributions
Aug 2021
We've come here many times over the years. My boys like to be by the rocks when the waves crash over them. Fun time. Lots of beautiful fish. One of the times there was a baby shark sited but we didn't see it. Maybe because of high tide. We will always come here because we enjoy the waves crashing over the rocks.
Written August 28, 2021
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Dave Shields
Overland Park, KS14 contributions
Aug 2021
The whole time that my wife and I were staying on Kauai for our 22nd Anniversary, the surf was really high in the south shores of Kauai and Lydgate was the ONLY beach we could actually swim in (watch the Hawaii Parks/Rec beach warnings before you go to a beach). It sits mostly behind a large hotel in the area but it is accessible to the public as well. The entire beach is surrounded by a lava rock wall that blocks most of the water surges and makes it ideal to swim in if you are not confident swimming in the ocean.

We found ample seating both along the beach itself and at the picnic tables offered on the beach including many shaded spots. The beach has bathrooms and push button showers to wash off any sand. The park was not dirty or covered in graffiti like some of the beaches we saw. There are some food places near the beach but for the best time, bring a snack or picnic supplies.

Now for the swimming - it was fantastic! Not only was the swimming area not much deeper than 7-8 feet on the beach side of the protected wall, but also there were fish everywhere if you are willing to snorkel to see them. When I went there, there was some pretty heavy waves crashing on the walls, but thanks to the wall protection, it felt like swimming in a man-made wave pool where the water would occasionally surge up and then go back down. I saw a school of blue tang fish (think Dory from Finding Nemo) that swam all over the cove we were in and when I got closer to the rock wall, I saw some stripped fish (zebra tang maybe) swimming around and even some little black crabs crawling in and out of the rocks.

Be careful as you get closer to the rock wall as the pool gets much more shallow right around the wall and you can easily bump your foot or leg on a random piece of lava rock and it doesn't feel nice. However, you can absolutely enjoy this place with your family or by yourself (though you will likely be swimming with people of all ages from kids to seniors).
Written August 23, 2021
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624gerrih
Cambridge, MA327 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
While the waves here were big there is an area of beach that is protected by rocks and was calm enough for you 4 year old to swim in and my 10 month old to sit in the surf. There is also a fantastic and very large play structure. This is a great place to spend hours with the family.
Written August 15, 2021
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC114 contributions
Jul 2021
We had read this was a good spot to watch the sunrise. There were only a few other people there. It was a bit cloudy that particular morning. I am not sure this is the best place to watch a sunrise but it was pretty. It looked like it would be a good beach for swimming and for kids with the protected areas.
Written July 25, 2021
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Karen J
Colorado Springs, CO262 contributions
Jul 2021
Lydgate's protected areas are one of the only places in the world that I'll snorkel. (I'm not a fan of water.)

BEFORE YOUR TRIP: Buy an underwater camera. They get more expensive on the island, but I can get them quite inexpensively in my landlocked state or through Amazon.

I love that the rock wall keeps back most of the waves (except at high tide). If you go in the morning at low tide, I think it's like swimming in someone's fish tank. Most of the fish are along the rock walls.

Occasionally, you'll see a sign warning of man o' war. They are annoying jellyfish that look like blue bubblegum and have annoyingly long tentacles. I figure that if the locals have their kids in the water, it's pretty safe inside the rock wall.

On my last visit, I got to see the needlefish in the kids pond. Some kids were chasing it around and it whizzed right past me. Being short, I love that I can stand pretty much anywhere in the kids pool.
Written July 21, 2021
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BCSinig
Sebastopol, CA139 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
We stopped here on our drive up the coast. There is a lagoon that would be perfect for little kids if the conditions were right. As the area recently experienced large storms, the park staff were still cleaning out debris. That being said, we still enjoyed our time at the beach and can see how this is a fabulous spot once the debris is collected.
Written March 22, 2021
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