Lydgate State Park
Lydgate State Park
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Situated near the mouth of the Wailua River in the east, the two protected bays are a favorite for snorkelers and windsurfers.
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  • Pavan V
    San Jose, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good beach to enjoy with family and kids.
    This is a good place for everyone to visit, not that much crowded as other touristy places. Good parking area and a swim area. I wish I discovered this much earlier in my trip, I would have avoided the other crowded beaches, where parking was a problem.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • KevinL41872
    Nashua, New Hampshire488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Beautiful
    Lydgate is a beautiful park. Area for soccer, fields for other activities, a walking/running trail, kids play area, Frisbee golf, and lots or area for camping and family gatherings. I loved reading the historical markers and signs to learn about the area. Beautiful water and some safe swim areas. Stunning pictures can be taken here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Kathleen S
    196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing snorkeling and family beach
    Lydgate State Park has amazingly clear water with an area within a rock reef that makes it perfect for families and snorkeling. I am a beginner snorkeler and it was perfect for me. I felt like I was swimming in a tropical fish tank there were so many colorful fish sharing the water with me. Lydgate Beach was my favorite snorkeling spot on the island. There are washroom facilities, rinsing shower stations, huge childrens' playground, picnic tables and shaded areas as well as the soft sand beach.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 1, 2024
  • Mackenzie M
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great snorkeling!
    Lydgate Beach was my favorite of the beaches we visited in Kauai. Go to the far end where the lifeguard station, bathrooms, and washing stations are. In this area are two large tide pools created by lava rocks. We swam in the one on the right and it was protected from the ocean waves so relatively calm. It is shallow on the edges but about 5 feet deep in the middle, and the amount of fish in here was incredible. I swam through at least two entire schools of fish. They are so close to you. Highly recommended especially for kids. The beach itself is an interesting walk as there is a lot of driftwood throughout. It was somewhat windy though.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 16, 2024
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Jennifer K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Kauai can have some rough beaches--excessively rocky, or with a strong rip. While good for surfing, not as good for chilling. Lydgate was terrific. Very scenic with a lagoon-type area that protected from strong waves. Great for little ones.
Written March 20, 2024
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Anne
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful safe beach surrounded by lava rocks so it was like a giant swimming pool 5 feet deep with beautiful clear water. Snorkeling is good and great for kids and adults. Facilities showers, bathrooms lots of parking and lifeguard onsite
Written March 20, 2024
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Mackenzie M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lydgate Beach was my favorite of the beaches we visited in Kauai. Go to the far end where the lifeguard station, bathrooms, and washing stations are. In this area are two large tide pools created by lava rocks. We swam in the one on the right and it was protected from the ocean waves so relatively calm. It is shallow on the edges but about 5 feet deep in the middle, and the amount of fish in here was incredible. I swam through at least two entire schools of fish. They are so close to you. Highly recommended especially for kids.

The beach itself is an interesting walk as there is a lot of driftwood throughout. It was somewhat windy though.
Written March 16, 2024
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA9,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
11 years later, I still love this place!
PROs:
-Safest place to snorkel in all of Kauai?!
-Snorkeling has a good variety of fishes, not the best in Hawaii, but the convenience and safety are great!
-Very short walk from my hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Walua Bay.
-Parking lot, showers, bathrooms, picnic tables.
-FREE

CONs: -Not the "Best" Snorkeling in Hawaii.
Written March 12, 2024
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Kathleen S
Melfort196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Lydgate State Park has amazingly clear water with an area within a rock reef that makes it perfect for families and snorkeling. I am a beginner snorkeler and it was perfect for me. I felt like I was swimming in a tropical fish tank there were so many colorful fish sharing the water with me. Lydgate Beach was my favorite snorkeling spot on the island. There are washroom facilities, rinsing shower stations, huge childrens' playground, picnic tables and shaded areas as well as the soft sand beach.
Written March 1, 2024
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KevinL41872
Nashua, NH488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Lydgate is a beautiful park. Area for soccer, fields for other activities, a walking/running trail, kids play area, Frisbee golf, and lots or area for camping and family gatherings. I loved reading the historical markers and signs to learn about the area. Beautiful water and some safe swim areas. Stunning pictures can be taken here.
Written February 29, 2024
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Pavan V
San Jose, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a good place for everyone to visit, not that much crowded as other touristy places. Good parking area and a swim area. I wish I discovered this much earlier in my trip, I would have avoided the other crowded beaches, where parking was a problem.
Written January 4, 2024
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hockeyaw19
Marlborough, MA461 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We stopped in here right after landing as it is close to the airport and we wanted a dose of vitamin SEA before starting our day.

It's a nice enough beach with ample parking, restrooms and picnic areas.

The beach is OK - there's a LOT of drift wood that are more like drift trees, trunks and branches and the waves run wild on the shore.

I think they also had some fields and a disc golf course which we didn't use.
Written May 27, 2023
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Terri
Lethbridge, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely park with a protected area for swimming. There were many picnic tables and sheltered spots for gatherings. It also had plenty of washrooms and change areas. We especially liked the Hauola City of Refuge site at the very eastern most point of the park. It's a quick walk with signs to explain what it is you're looking at and a bit of a history lesson.
Written April 10, 2023
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Katie Jolma
Salt Lake City, UT5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very nice beach with protected cove. Snorkeling was amazing, saw lots of beautiful, colorful fish. Fun, accessible playground nearby.
Written April 1, 2023
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