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Great little trail. Beach is beautiful and not very crowded. Short hike down hill on the way there. A bit muddy, but possible for all ages at a steady pace.
Keep in mind when going to the rocks, that when the tide is high, the water is over them and not safe to travel. Be sure not to be over there when the tide comes in. Safety first.

Short walk with a bit of a steep descent using ropes. If you’re fit and kids are 7+ this is totally worth the small adventure to get to the beach. Wear shoes as flip flops can be a little slippery when ground is wet.

When going to Secret Beach on Kauai, ensure that when you get down to the bottom of the trail and you see the winding river on the beach, that you go left and go all the way down to the rocks at the left. There you will find your own little tidal Pool and beach bubble bath. Melissa and I were lucky enough to have it to ourselves for an hour. Most of the other crowds just went to the beach right off of the trail and didn’t even know about this little oasis. There is a lot to discover on Kauai.


April 2018- Unreal beauty. We saw monk seals at sunrise. No dicey/ unsafe sections. Expect lots of webs (but ample parking) first thing in the morning. Loved the turtle enclosure. It could be marked a little better in the beginning. Overall, a can’t miss in Kauai in our opinion! Took us about 4 hours.

The hike is short and fun, steep and slippery (if it rains) but the beach is incredible. It’s secluded, with tidepools to splash in for weaker swimmers, killer waves for surfers, and a small cave if you want to bring some friends and build a fire. There’s a dramatic view of Kilauea lighthouse that sets the scene for a relaxing day at the beach.

19 days ago

easy walk, beautiful coastal views, fun trail for family, and couples.

27 days ago

We did this hike with a toddler in tow (in a backpack). We managed to get our rental car part way along the gravel, muddy road. We walked the rest of the road to a little beach. (A great spot for a snack and to play in the water - which we did on the way back).

The road was very wet and muddy. Be prepared to get your shoes wet!

We continued from the beach to the rock quarry and to Mokolea point.

There were lots of really cool things for the baby to see along the way. It did get a little sketchy out along the rocks but worth it. I’m not too sure how far out we hiked ... but we were not disappointed.

This was a great “go exploring” trail right beside the bird refuge.

We drove a mini van right up to the beach. Great place to walk along the ocean and was a awesome sunset.

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1 month ago

It was a nice secluded beach with small waterfalls and tide pools; but the waves were bigger and breaking on the shoreline, so it was hard to play in the water with the kids.

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1 month ago

The parking only has 11 spots, so plan accordingly. Do NOT park on the street or you will get a ticket and possibly towed.

The trail down is awesome. Only about a 10-15 minute walk but it gets pretty vertical and slippery. We recommend good shoes. You may need to use the ropes going up or down.

Once on the beach, if you’re adventurous, you can climb the rocks to the right and get to your own secluded beach but it’s dangerous. Do NOT go on the rocks if the waves are big.

Great snorkeling and lots of fish and turtles. For videos go to: YouTube/TheAdventureTravelers

Very muddy but the pools are amazing

Nice quick path down to a beautiful beach where you can watch surfers.

Getting down and up is an adventure. Using ropes on steep, slippery ground. Wouldn’t take anyone with bad knees on this one. I used my Vivobarefoot hiking/water shoes and they worked well. Not sure if I would use flip flops, although people were walking down in theirs.

At the steepest points I used the ropes and climbed down backwards as if I was repelling and that was fun!

Beach is not as crowded which was nice. The parking lot is small, and parking is very limited. We just got lucky and on our second attempt someone was leaving so we got their spot.

A handful of people were snorkeling, and when I went out to join them I noticed a giant sea turtle.

It hung around for awhile, and I kept my distance; noticing it eat, and watched all the beautiful fish swim around it. Would definitely come back!!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, parts were a bit muddy in October but as long as you don’t mind a little mud it’s fantastic. Mostly sunny, downhill out and uphill in the way back. Well worth it for the view at the end.

Easy trail but slippery! The waves were big so we didn't get in the water, just walked along the beach.

2 months ago

Hiked down to the most beautiful beach in Kauai! Be careful...slippery!

Great hike. Awesome views. But beware of a dangerous river crossing near the Makauwahi cave. There is something like quicksand at the bottom of the creek near the beach, and my wife nearly drowned. There is a bridge. Make sure you use it.

Pretty steep and slippery, but there are ropes to hold on to. Overall the beach is awesome.

Amazing snorkeling, swam upon 3 green sea turtles and psychedelic fish.

2 months ago

Beautiful beach! The hike is slick and steep, so come prepared to hike down.

Great hike with kids. After you cross the initial creek the trail will take you to the right...to a very steep drop off. Do not go that way...go to the left. It kinda looks like a clearing but it’s the “true” trail that’s a moderate downhill hike that takes you to the ocean. When you get to the ocean, follow to the left a couple hundred yards and you’ll see the private beach.

beautiful trail, though very short but the beach at the end is amazing

2 months ago

Decently muddy trail if you happen to go after a rainstorm. There’s a few creeks/creek beds to be crossed. Bring shoes with good traction. My Vans did the job. There’s a homeless man camped out on the beach, he does not bite. Say hi and give him a beer. Overall, fun little hike. Bring the kids, but leave grandma behind.

Get out there!

Beautiful small trail with a gorgeous beach at the bottom.

Easy short hike down .. a bit steep
Too rough to swim. Beautiful beach and scenery

Not really a hike, but a nice beach. Took us 7 minutes down to the beach. There are short steep parts, but there are ropes to help you go down. Snorkelled two times and saw a seaturtle each time!

Very slick trail today. Saw a few muddy knees and butts from the slides down the trail. Trail not good, but not long and the beach is more than worth it. Rough ocean. Only for experienced swimmers and surfers today.

3 months ago

Short hike to a gorgeous beach. Trail can be slippery if there's been recent rain, but totally doable even with kids and beach gear. Also, if you head to the right at the shoreline, then scramble across the rocks for a couple hundred feet, there is an easy to find waterfall and a nice freshwater swimming hole. All in all, this is a rare gem of a beach, a nice short jungle hike, and a great way to avoid the crowds.

Fairly easy hike to a really beautiful beach with great snorkeling! Make sure to bring water shoes as it's quite shallow with rocks/coral when getting into the water. Also wear good shoes as it's muddy & slippery on the trail going down. Ignore the big rock saying 'wrong trail' half way down and just pass it and keep walking along the black lava rocks (trail leads you parallel to lava rocks) until you get to the beach! There are 7 parking spots marked 'trail' at the Sealodge 1 building where you can park. We went there on a Saturday at 11am and there were only 2 other couples there. As it got later more people started arriving. This hike/beach is definitely worth it!! ;)

Wild, expansive, and beautiful.

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