Secret Beach
Secret Beach
4.5
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This secluded beach hideaway in Kilauea is one of Kauai’s best-kept secrets. To reach the beach, you'll have to navigate carefully down an unpaved road, and hike along a fairly steep trail. But reach your destination and you'll be treated to a crowd-free beach with stunning views of Mokuaeae Island and the Kilauea Lighthouse. Secret Beach is also a great surfing and fishing spot and you’ll find locals meditating or picnicking near the trailhead. There's even a clothing-optional section at the far end of the beach. But come prepared—there are no lifeguards, restrooms or public facilities. – Tripadvisor
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4boyzmom
Eureka, MT121 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The front desk staff at our hotel said this beach was a must see when on Kaua'i. The trailhead was a little tricky to find, but well worth the effort! The hike down is kind of steep so wear good shoes especially if it has rained. Beach is beautiful and had a variety of photo spots! Soft sand and black lava rocks with waves and blue sky in the distance! What's not to love!
Written March 1, 2020
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Max
Boston, MA47 contributions
Jul 2021
A short hike leads to one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. Surf was way too strong for swimming - don’t bother bringing snorkeling gear or expect to go deeper than your knees in the water. Bring a book and plenty of refreshments, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a walk down to the east side! In this empty end of the beach, folks may just hang out to dry.
Written July 13, 2021
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Shawn
Allentown, PA60 contributions
Dec 2022
This beach is not easily accessible, which is what makes it amazing! The views are incredible and it is a perfectly quiet hideaway. The walk down to the beach is by a steep trail so I recommend wearing good footwear (no sandals or flip flops). It is slippery and can be quite dangerous if you are not paying attention or wearing good shoes. The water is rough so I do not recommend this beach for swimming. I do not recommend taking young children down this trail. Keep in mind also, you must climb back up so if you are physically struggling to go down the trail, maybe reconsider.
Written February 7, 2023
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Rachel
Lawrence, KS136 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Tourists beware- this area is very isolated and you may run into some strange people. We didn’t feel safe here and are glad we didn’t hike down to the beach. As we were pulling into the parking area, a strange gypsy couple came walking from the direction of the beach path. We turned the car around to leave & they came over to our car window and asked for a ride “to the end of the road.” (Which wouldn’t have done them much good anyway, as the road led to the highway, and would still have been miles from the nearest town). The young man was covered in rings, hoop earrings, and glitter. We politely said No and drove off. The man was doing a weird dance and flipping us off as we drove away. When we got to Kalihiwai Road, a truck deliberately swerved towards us (a couple of local men). We didn’t feel welcome in this area. I’m sure it’s a beautiful beach, but there are some areas tourists are better off avoiding.
Written June 13, 2021
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Jon H
Toulouse, France37 contributions
Dec 2020
Take twenty minutes to make your way down a fairly steep muddy trail to be rewarded by a huge open beach with plenty of soft sand and crashing surf. Enjoy watching the experienced body board surfers taking on the huge breakers, join them if you're feeling brave.
Strangely, going back up seemed easier than going down.
Written December 5, 2020
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Jason&Laureen
New York City, NY58 contributions
Mar 2021
For regular hikers, the path to the beach would be rated easy when dry. After heavy rains, then it would be more challenging as it would be very slippery. But with the right shoes and clothes, plan on getting dirty when it rains. For surfers 🏄‍♂️, a great spot some feet away from the beach. For couples, a perfect getaway and plentiful romantic spots away from crowds.
Written October 17, 2021
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melissaraejames
Buda, TX7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This beach was breathtaking. Maybe 20 people there when we went mid afternoon. The beauty and peace is worth the hike down the cliff. The waves were breaking strong so we only got in to our knees. No boogie boarding or swimming were possible.

The parking is tricky and feels like you are on private property but we found some. The trail in between 2 homes. Easy dirt trail at first then super steep down to beach. It was strenuous but our 9 year old managed okay. Calves were burning on the way back up! Would not be manageable if it had rained.

Definitely a highlight and a memorable adventure. Highly recommend checking it out!
Written June 14, 2022
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Sam
4 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful place. However it’s a very local surf spot and I was met with some very unfriendly looks. The trek down is very steep and slippery after rain. I personally wouldn’t go down with young children although I saw a couple children down there.
Nice remote beach if you’re daring to deal with the local sneers. No signs.
Written November 20, 2023
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Donald
1 contribution
Oct 2021
My husband and I went to Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach) last week. It is nature at its most magnificent. I thought it was a gay, nude beach. I was wrong.
We saw 3 other gay male couples and a lesbian couple there. And there were dozens of straight couples. So while it is gay friendly, it is not a gay beach.
Of the many other people there, there were only 4 or 5 who were nude. The beach is remote enough so nudity is possible but it is not the norm.
Secret Beach is a long beach. It is probably 3/4 of a mile long so those who want to enjoy it nude could do so safely at the far end of the beach.
The pathway to the beach is challenging but possible if you take it slowly and carefully.

I will give this beach a top rating because it is magnificent. I'll give it a low rating if you want a gay nude beach.

There is a creek you have to cross to get to the beach but it is only about knee deep. Not a problem for someone going to the beach.
Written October 25, 2021
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ATS0614
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This beach was the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen! The hike to it is a bit strenuous but so worth it! Don’t carry too much gear with you. I had a backpack and was fine, but my husband carried an ice chest and a couple of beach chairs, and he struggled a bit. He made it there and back, though, so it can be done. You make it to the end of the jungle trail and see through the clearing a magnificent beach with turquoise water and black rocks on either end with the lighthouse in the far off distance. Absolutely amazing!
Written July 28, 2023
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