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Beach strolls along East Shore

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Beach strolls along East Shore

If we wanted to take a long, leisurely beach stroll / hike from the area near Coconut Marketplace, starting with the beach access off Kauai Sands, how far north can we hike, staying on the beach ... with no obstacles, rock outcroppings, private property, etc. ... to block our way. We've heard there is a walkway somewhere along here, but not sure where it starts and ends.

Would love to just "follow the rainbow" and go for as long as possible from one beach to the next; then have our seniors, who prefer to drive and will pick us up, meet us somewhere for lunch ... as far north as we can get strolling along the east shore of Kauai.

Is that possible?

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1. Re: Beach strolls along East Shore

you can go to google maps (yahoo and bing have a big cloud over the area you want) and see the route you are describing.

You can't really go all that far on the sand. If you spot Kamoa Road on the map, you'll see a canal outlet blocking your path there. Might be possible to wade it at low tide but I've never tried.

Thats not even a mile by my eyeball. Other spots going north look like you end up with just reef and no sand. And you hit a few more streams/canals that would force you back to the walking path to use its bridges (no biggie).

http://www.kauaipath.org/

I believe Google maps labels Lihi Park as Waipoli Park. Somewhere in there is the southern end of the new path section that is finished. You can walk quite a ways north on this concrete trail, but less than half is a walk on the sand and there's really no place to have lunch at the other end unless you get back in the car and drive somewhere (easy enough).

For a sandy walk, start at Lydgate park south of the river (behind Aloha Beach Resort and walk south to the Aqua (ex Hilton). That's a nice long stroll on the sand with just one small rocky point (ez path) and one small stream to jump over.

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2. Re: Beach strolls along East Shore

The longest beach walk, as Dave mentioned, is from Lydgate Park south to the Kauai Beach Resort (Previously Hilton) if you want to stay strictly on the sand. Or vice-versa. Perhaps you could get dropped off at one end and picked up at the other.

From Kauai Sands, you can find your way along the walkways behind the Coconut Marketplace and skirt along by the highway for a block or so, then back down near Kapaa Shores to Lihi Park where the Coastal Path starts. You can walk quite a ways that direction and choose to meet the rest of your party in Kapaa town - several cafe's there, to choose from. The others can shop and stroll in town and watch for you from the Olympic Cafe.

If you want to make it a really long walk, you can walk all the way past Donkey Beach on the paved part. There's a spur that goes to to the parking lot at Donkey Beach. That would be another place to meet if you want a really long walk. Not much of it would be on sand.

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3. Re: Beach strolls along East Shore

Definitely look at the satellite view on Google earth, that will show you what we're talking about in these responses.

A few additional details and notes of caution:

From the Sands, you have a good 1/2 mile of gravely-sandy beach going North. Past the Ashton/Pleasant Holidays "resort" there is an empty field full of ironwood trees. Just before you get to the next buildings (the condos next to the Bull Shed restaurant, next to Kamoa road that Dave mentioned), there is a little-known beach access trail. You can take this to a small parking lot next to a subsidized housing complex (it's safe to walk through) and then cut towards Kamoa road. Do not try to walk on the shore in front of the Bull Shed or cross any canal mouths. There are sea-walls there, breakers, exposed rocks, and sometimes currents.

To cross the canal, walk a short ways on Kamoa to the main highway, cross a bridge and take another shoreline access path right back to the beach next to the Waipouli Resort (which does not appear on the Google maps satellite view yet). You can walk a short ways on a sandy beach, then it turns into a rough sandstone that can some times be awash with small waves. If you have shoes (flip flops or old tennis shoes) with you, and the tide is low, you can walk on this, otherwise, it's best to head back up to the road. A little further, you're best off on Moanakai road that runs on top of the seawall. Then you reach Lihi/Waipouli park where the cement path starts and immediately crosses another canal. From there, you can often walk on a sandy beach through Kapaa, though in places the sand is eroding and you're better off on the path.

Once you get to the north end of Kapaa town, the beach ends, and you have to walk on the cement path to continue. It's less than a mile to Kealia beach, where once you cross the river, you can walk for about 1/2 mile. Then it's back on the path 1.5 miles to Donkey beach, another 1/4 mile stretch of sand. As metnioned, there are lots of pickup places all along this section. Also, the only safe place to swim is in the wading pools at Lihi park (sometimes called Fuji beach or Baby beach) and north of the lifeguard tower at Kealia (if they haven't posted warning flags).

There is also a very nice stroll, but much shorter to the south of the Sands. First you go right next to the Kukuiolono heiau, where they used to make bonfires to guide the canoes from Oahu. Then there is a very nice pocket beach with some impressive driftwood. Then you have to get over or around some rocks to get to Wailua beach. If the tide is low and the waves aren't crashing, and you're reasonably fit and well-balanced, it is safe to climb over the rock, as high as you can manage above the water. Otherwise, take the beach access trail inland, walk behind the Shell Station to the tiny sidewalk by the main road and onto Wailua beach. Wailua beach is about 1/3 of a mile long, and even though it is next to the highway, you can't hear the cars when you walk next to the waves. Never attempt to cross the Wailua River on the sandbars, no matter how shallow it looks. This would be an ideal stroll in the morning, especially around sunrise.

As mentioned, you can walk south from Lydgate park, or north from the Aqua hotel for about 2.5 miles almost entirely on the beach (called Nukolii beach to the south and Kitchens to the north). However, this area has strong currents and no lifeguards so this is definitely a walking only beach, not for swimming anywhere outside the Lydgate pools. Also, you'll see tire tracks in the sand in some areas, try to avoid those by walking closer to the ocean (but not too close) just to be safe. You can actually keep walking past the Aqua hotel to the Nukolii Beach park (mislabeled on Google maps as being north of the hotel), it is actually at the end of the Kauai Beach ROAD (turn right just at the end of the tunnel of trees on Kauai Beach DRIVE). The beach continues a bit further even, but the sand/crushed coral is very gravely here.

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