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Anini Beach north shore Kauai

Anini Beach

Anin Beach Park | On the road to Kalalau

Located on Kauai’s north shore between the towns of Kilauea and Princeville, this 2-mile long, narrow strip of pristine white sand has something for everyone. With the largest protected coral reef in the Hawaiian islands, Anini is one of the few places on Kauai’s north shore where you can safely swim throughout the year. The beach drops off very slowly and it is possible to wade out hundreds of yards offshore. It is a favorite playground of families with small children.

View of Anini Beach on Kauai's north shore
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Swimming | Snorkeling | Fishing | Surfing

The gentle waves and sandy beach are ideal for swimming, and the outer fringes of the reef provide for some spectacular snorkeling. The Anini Beach Park is a favorite picnic area with the locals and visitors alike. Just past the first pavilion, there is a boat ramp for launching small craft, the perfect place to start your north shore fishing trip. The camping area is farther down past the day-use area. The steady trade winds provide an ideal location for windsurfing and kite surfing, particularly in the afternoon when the wind tends to pick up.

Picnics | Camping | Parties | BBQs

Camping is also available in the county beach park. The campground has drinking water, cold showers and bathrooms. Many travelers of the Napali Coast spend a night here or at Haena Beach Park before hiking the trail. Permits are required and cost $3 per night for non-residents. Camping is free for residents and children under 18 accompanied by an adult. There is a short, slippery hiking trail known as the Wyllie Trail that begins at the far West end of Anini that goes up to Princeville. The pavilions in the day-use area are bounded by a large lawn on one side and a narrow strand of beach on the other. each pavilion has electrical outlets and can be reserved for parties, picnics and gatherings. Currently, the best fish burritos on the island can be had from the truck parked near the first pavilion.

Kauai History

As a side note, this coastal region was originally known as Wainini, which means flowing waters in Hawaiian. Apparently the sign was mis-spelled "Wanini", and a local resident angered at the incorrect spelling, blew off the "W" with his shotgun. people assumed he had corrected the sign to the present spelling, Anini.

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