Absolutely beautiful. May be a bit crowded because between the views and the show put on by the variety of sea birds at this refuge, it's an absolutely don't miss stop on Kauai. From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. The walkway is paved. The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday and federal holidays. Admission is $5.00 per person - National Parks passes and all federal land passes are honored here. Allow at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time. Northern most point of main Hawaiian Islands. Self-guided tours only, can’t go to top of the lighthouse, but views from the bluff are worth your time. Don't miss it!
We visited in the summer after visiting the lighthouse on an absolutely perfect day. One of Kauai’s most awesome beaches - No resorts and no crowds except where you park - these are private residences so please be respectful. Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach or Secrets, is somewhat secluded with deep, soft sand and lava formations, all guarded by towering, palm tree-lined sea cliffs. A short, sloping and slippery when wet trail leads to the beach from the end of the first dirt road you’ll see on the right hand side when turning onto Kalihiwai Road from Kuhio Highway. At the bottom of the trail is paradise for sure. To the east, there are views of Mokuaeae Island and Kilauea Lighthouse on the sea cliff. The beach features tidal pools and a small waterfall. There are no restrooms, lifeguards or public facilities. Swimming is typically safe in the summer, though rough surf and strong currents are always a possibility. On mild days, tidal lagoons form around the lava rock, creating swimming pools for kids and adults. In winter, the water is usually dangerous, attracting advanced surfers. Make sure you know conditions before you enter the surf. This is a must see beach on Kauai.
Awesome hike to the gorgeous Secret Beach. Go at low tide so you can explore all the lava pools (some you can swim in) just West of the trail end (at beach). Not actually named for being "a secret," I learned the beach area was where ancient leaders would go to receive "secrets" from the gods as responses to their questions. Enjoy!