Lawa'i Beach

Lawa'i Beach, Koloa: Address, Lawa'i Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Lawa'i Beach
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Gainesville, FL217 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
We found this spot as we were going from beach to beach looking to snorkel with sea turtles. This is where we found them, 4 of them in a small reef right in the center of the bay! It's rocky so be careful going out and of course respect the wildlife. Sunset was also beautiful there and a performer was doing live music. There is a shave ice stand with delicious organic flavors. Perfect end to a perfect day!
Written November 4, 2021
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Las Vegas, NV277 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
We ran into someone on Anini Beach in north Shore. He’s regular visitor to Kaua’i. He told us about the great snorkeling beach “by the Beach House Restaurant” in Puipo. This is THE place! We came here several times while on south shore, saw multiple turtles every time. I think we even saw some organized snorkeling groups in later afternoon each day

Across the street along the road near Lawai Resort. Although busy, there were spots available if you drive past the shaved ice snack stand

Relatively calm. Entry is a bit Rocky, definitely need fins or water shoes

Fish: easily spot even in shallow water close to shoe

Turtle: quite a few residents here! We found them usually playing around or hiding under large coral reef in the middle of the small bay (facing the ocean, to the right side of the Beach House). They seem to be quite comfortable with visitors. We had to try to stay away from them!

Beach House is right next door. Many people watching sunset on its lawn. Dinner definitely need reservation (on OpenTable).

There is a shaved ice truck across the street, with snacks too.

Restroom and freshwater rinsing station all across the street by the snack stand

The beach is not crowded at all. One of our favorite on south shore!
Written October 29, 2021
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rakesh p
Sacramento, CA129 contributions
Jun 2021
Outstanding place to snorkel. Enough parking in the area. Best time to snorkel is in the morning around 930-10. There is a public restroom just opposite which is clean and usable. Next to it is a small shower and feet wash area. Recommend entering the waters from the center sandy area. Water may be a bit choppy for newbies and kids. I did see turtle on two days. a good variety of fishes. Riptide shaved ice is just opposite it which serves shaved ice, smoothies and snacks. A must visit. This beach is right next to Beach House restaurant
Written June 18, 2021
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Jacque H
Vancouver, WA149 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a fantastic place to snorkel but not for the beginner. We do see tour companies daily but the surf is in my opinion is a little rough for them, unless you are a very good swimmer. That said the snorkeling is wonderful, you will see many tropical fish without looking. Getting in and out of the water can be a challenge due to the lack of beach without rocks. The actual sand beach is small and then rocks immediately in the water. No area for small children to play in water. I highly recommend if you are coming to snorkel or watch the sunset. Don't come to lay out at the beach and play in the water. Parking is limited.
Written March 9, 2022
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Lester Millard
Cambridge, UK421 contributions
Snorkeling trip not a good experience at all with Princess Cruises the beach was rocky slippery having to walk from the public car park along the road then the guides not allowing us to enter the water because they needed to help us due the rocks being so dangerous all in all bad experience wrong place to snorkel. I would not recommend this place at all, with any Organization. However no choice but to make the best of it, I will not be snorkeling at this beach again LAWAI BEACH
Written February 22, 2020
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California71 contributions
Aug 2021
We used Kauai Zodiac Tour to walk into the water with a guide. He showed where the turtles live. One swam by us and we saw lots of colorful fish. Water was choppy but we will come back for sure.
Written August 28, 2021
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Longmont, CO6 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Great snorkeling, saw some really beautiful fish and a number of turtles. Can be quite busy, so pick a time when there are less people, and definitely watch out for the rocks! I also went surfing here, and although there are some difficult currents and a lot of rocks to avoid, it’s pretty good surfing and there’s very little people out at the break. Very beautiful at sunset too!
Written March 21, 2022
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United States189 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
If you love to snorkel or if your a novice and just thinking about snorkeling, but worried about the ocean, then this is the place for you! the variety of fish here is simply STUNNING and they are NOT afraid of you either! It is s safe and protected area to snorkel as well! Bring your underwater camera as you will DEFINITELY want to take lots of pictures for your memories! I cant recommend this place ENOUGH for snorkelers who want to see LOTS of fish, but don't mind not seeing much coral!
Written September 9, 2016
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Orlando, FL381 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Summary: Lawai Beach is a nice, easy access beach with generally calm waters, moderate to good visibility, a great variety of fish and beautiful sunsets. Parking is available in front of the Lawai Beach Resort across the street. Don’t use the resorts lots as you might get towed. As far as the beach goes, it is small [very small]. There are better beaches for picnickers and sun-worshippers! Poipu for one. Lawai Beach is also a nice area for surfers. They begin to arrive at dawn and the last depart with the sunset. Other than for entry of course, the surfers are well removed from the snorkel area. Likewise, the standup paddle-boarders – who are also frequent users. The other group that arrive regularly is the snuba tour [mid-to-late morning] . Anyhow, I had a ball at Lawai!

CAUTION: Do not snorkel/swim to the west of the Lawaii Beach Resort’s large sign. That area is often subject to serious rip tides.

Getting-in and Getting-out: I am 74 years old and for me entry and exit into the water has become a challenge. My first three entries/exits [1 per day at Lawai] were off the beach at the spot where 95% or more of the people enter. Following my third exit a sympathetic couple in their 60’s [long time owners at the timeshare] who had witnessed my flat on the belly beaching and subsequent crawling up onto the sand like a reptile offered to show me a simpler entry spot off the south-west corner of the Beach House restaurant property. [Go down the steps; follow the wall around to the right; sit down on the flat lava rock at or just below water level; put on your fins [hard for me as I have trouble reaching my feet] and then just lean forward and tumble in. Coming out, is only slightly harder but, at least for me, it was still much easier then beaching and crawling on my hands and knees through the shore break. I do wear “Elastic Knee Supports” – bought for about $5 at the wal-mart in Lihue.

Poipu: Was Poipu as good a beach for snorkeling? Yes, and especially if you want 1. to sun, 2. To have a lifeguard nearby, or 3, if you have older children or teenagers. At poipu, I saw more large fish as well as an eel out and about [unusual during the day]. Visibility at either beach is generally moderate to good. Not real good! Certainly not excellent, but let’s just say pretty good. .

Pictures: For me, taking pictures of the fish is as necessary as having ice-cream with apple pie. I took some 400+ pictures. Most were mediocre to poor in quality [missed the fish partially or entirely, blurred, out-of-focus, overall blue cast, etc] but quite a few just required adjustment in Photoshop. [I own and use PS Elements 10]. I ended up with usable pictures of over 40 different species that could be clearly identified from the pictures. I also saw many others that I just couldn’t get clear pictures of. Hawaii’s state fish is one. While I must have seen several dozen humuhumunukunuku-a-pua ‘a fish, I did not get one really clear, sharp, picture of it. I don’t think the humu…’s like to have their picture taken. Neither did the Pacific Gregories, the Spotted Box-fish or the Hawaiian Whitespot Tobies.

Anyhow, I am posting some of my underwater fish pictures. All except the one with the eel were taken at Lawai. I believe that 10 is the maximum number that TA allows to be included with a review. So I am uploading ten.

Baby Beach: By the way, If you have real small children, “Baby Beach” is just a short walk to the east from Lawai Beach. Access is located between 1552 and 1542 Hoona Road . It IS a public beach! Very shallow, very calm, and very pleasant. The little kids can have a ball and be easily watched. You will probably have the entire beach to yourselves.
Written June 11, 2013
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La Quinta, CA120 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Looking for a fun underwater activity on Kauai? One that takes almost no instruction and offers a really fun experience? Then consider snorkeling at Lawai Beach.

Lawai Beach offers both novices and intermediate snorkelers a great opportunity to see many of the island's colorful fish.

The beach has an easy access. But, and this is important, know where to get in. Most snorkelers new to the area try to walk across the sandy beach and enter. The problem is that this takes you over about 50 feet of coral bottom, making it more difficult and potentially dangerous if you are knocked over by a wave.

So, instead of entering in the middle of the beach, walk about 20 yards west (to the right facing the ocean) and look for the lighter colored bottom. This indicates sand and is easy to walk out on. The sandy area doglegs to the right; follow the sand to the deeper water. Stop and look back at the beach so you can get a "line-up" on shore markings. Use this when you are exiting the area to avoid coming back to the shore over the coral areas.

The current flows from left to right (again facing the ocean). It can be significant enough to move you out of the prime snorkeling area. Get in the habit of looking towards the shore and note if you are drifting down-current. Try to swim back towards the Beach House restaurant if you are starting to drift.

Most resorts have snorkel gear to rent. In addition, Boss Frog's and Snorkel Bobs in Koloa Town have rentals at bargain prices.

This is a fun experience for individuals, couples and families. And, unlike most island activities, it costs nothing after you have your fins and snorkels.
Written July 30, 2013
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