• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Bodysurfing, Surfing, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Scenic
Waterfall

Secret beach is a remote beach on Kauai’s north shore. The beach offers turquoise waters and sandy shores with picturesque views of the Kilauea lighthouse. Check out this adventure for information on the waterfalls.

Is a so-called ‘secret beach’ that sits on Secret Beach Road considered secret anymore? Perhaps not, but don’t let that deter you from exploring the depths of Kauai’s renown Kauapea Beach, more widely known as Secret Beach.

The 3,000-foot long north shore beach is known for it’s size, privacy, and scenery. Its location between Kalihiwai Bay and Kilauea Point sets the beach up for pure photographic success and unfaltering coastal enjoyment. You will find lava pools to your left and the majority of the beach’s offerings to the right, including multiple tidal pools, a waterfall, and even some people basking in the clothing-optional ways of the western-most end of the beach.

The waters tend to be rough, especially in the winter, so visitors should use their best judgement before jumping into the ocean. If safe, a swim in these turquoise blue waters is highly recommended.

The walk from the parking lot to the beach is a long, steep dirt path. But the views of the Kilauea lighthouse and vast north shore coastline that are served up as soon as you hit the sand make everything about this beach worthwhile. Despite being a popular local and tourist destination, you will never find the beach to be overcrowded.

Pack List

  • Bathing suit
  • Towels
  • Surfboard, boogie board, fins or other equipment
  • Food and drinks for the day
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Community Photos

+ Add Photos

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

Love this beach! Spent a summer here, great surf, never crowded except for a few local full moon parties. Best part was the daily 5am swim with the Dolphins!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Clare Healy Admin

Adventure storyteller, outdoor explorer, and taco eater from the west. If you're in the California area, let's go on an adventure.

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

6 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

7 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

5 Saves