Waipouli Beach

Waipouli/Fuji Beach - A Relaxing, Family-Friendly Hangout
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Though it's not the best swimming beach, Waipouli Beach (also known as Fuji Beach) has a lot to offer--including clear, calm waters perfect for young children at the north end. It's not unusual to spot Hawaiian monk seals sunbathing on the golden sands along this stretch. There are no lifeguards or facilities, but you will find plenty of shops and restaurants nearby in Kapaa. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

The Waipouli/Fuji Beach stretch ranges from rocky, with breaking waves and strong currents at the south end (Waipouli), to peaceful and small-child-friendly at the north end (Fuji), where a natural breakwater off the coast ensures relatively calm surf year-round. A go-to hangout spot for locals, it’s not unusual to find families with babies and young keiki (children) enjoying the calm, clear water in the Fuji Beach area. As you move south, you might get lucky and spot a Hawaiian monk seal sunbathing on the golden sands. 

You won’t find much in the way of services along this stretch of sand–just a shower to rinse off after you get out of the water. Waipouli Beach is not manned by lifeguards, so it’s smart to double-check current conditions before you get in the water. Access consists of scattered street parking, and it fills up quickly on weekends and holidays.

Some visitors complain of beach debris washing up among the waterline, including litter from nearby towns and small sticks and pieces of driftwood. Expect coarser sand than you’d find on Kauai’s North Shore; it’s smooth and golden, but allows you to sink further in than you might be used to. 

Because it’s located just off the Kuhio Highway in Kapa’a, you’ll find places to grab a bite to eat to enjoy on the beach while you’re out exploring. Waipouli also occupies the southern end of the Ke Ala Hele Makalae (the Kauai Coastal Path), a paved pedestrian and biking path on Kauai’s eastern coastline. It’s a perfect spot to hop off the paved trail to get your toes into the sand. 

Waipouli and Fuji Beach also offer prime sunrise-watching real estate. The full east-facing views offer stunning sunrise vistas. And if you’re coming from North America for your Kauai vacation, chances are you’ll be up well before the sunrise thanks to the time difference–so you might as well grab a coffee and head out to see the morning colors over the Pacific. 

Waipouli/Fuji Beach is located in Kapaa, about 20 minutes north of LIhue on Kauai’s East Side. It starts on the shore below the Waipouli Beach Resorts, then runs up the shore to Waipouli Beach Park/Fuji Beach, which runs into the mouth of the boat docks and canal on the north end. Waipouli Beach is about 

Insider Tips:
-Street parking can feel a bit haphazard here at Waipouli Beach, but you can typically find a spot without too much trouble on weekdays. Weekends can be a bit trickier. If you’re up for a little shopping, head to the Waipouli Town Center and park there while you enjoy your beach day.
-Water levels vary dramatically depending on the tides at this beach; at high tide, the sandy stretch is limited. Although it’s typically calm here, there can be strong currents. 
-Hawaiian monk seals are endangered; if you spot them sunbathing along the Waipouli Beach, give them plenty of space to rest.