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Lydgate State Park

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Address: Wailua, Kauai, HI 96746
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Tops for Sunrise and Keikis

If you want to entertain little kids, Lydgate is amazing. We are right across from the two protected sea pools, staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. Literally, a walk out the back... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to entertain little kids, Lydgate is amazing. We are right across from the two protected sea pools, staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. Literally, a walk out the back door to the beach and huge wooden playground structure. It's not deserted for sure, but nowhere nearly as crowded as our nearest dirty mainland beaches. Lydgate as a... More 

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Bayview, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's lots of children here. It's very safe place to snorkel since it's enclosed. If you don't like crowds, skip this place. If you have kids, it's a must. I saw lots of large fish, very large school of beautiful fish so I was happy.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love skinnydipping more than anything and I have done it several times at this beach but truthfully it's too easy to get caught and people give me weird looks. Be careful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In order to check the current of the ocean, they have built two pools which are so awesome :) beautiful Beach and the water has such gorgeous shades ... just loved this place !

Thank Shakti M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Pros: The rock barrier tempers the waves so that the area is more like a pool. So, there are two natural pools. Nice for kiddos. There's also a place for surfing too. Cons: Soooo many plastic bottle caps and tiny plastic pieces all over the place. In summary, there are better beaches on the island with more to offer and... More 

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Snorkeling and keeping kids safe at the beach? Yes, please!! That is exactly what this place offered. We saw enough beautiful fish to keep my kids really happy here.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We ventured over to Lydgate when the waters at Poipu Beach were too dangerous and the lifeguards would not allow swimming. Lydgate is a great family beach with restrooms, showers and picnic areas. There's adequate parking, too. It's protected by a rock wall, so there are no big waves. Although there aren't a large assortment of fish, there are enough... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

It was January when we visited Kauai and on days with high surf we were looking for somewhere where the kids could still snorkel and have fun. We did have a great time as there is a rock wall that provides protection from the waves that has plenty of fish for them to get interested and started snorkeling. We loved... More 

Thank Megan K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The snorkeling behind the rock barrier provides an easy snorkeling adventure for all levels. There are puffer fish and the usual reef fish gathered primarily by the rocks. The beach outside the protected area is beautiful and great for decent sized surf.

Thank Christopher C
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent man made snorkel site. It's protected, meaning the surf won't get you. Not a huge assortment of fish but usually holds a good amount of fish. Very shallow, great for kids and adults. Easy access.

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