Kauapea "Secret" Beach

MODERATE 34 reviews

Kauapea "Secret" Beach is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kilauea, Hawaii and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

beach

hiking
2 months ago

Nice shorty trail so some beautiful views! Do it!

2 months ago

Beautiful brief hike down to a soft sandy beach with crashing waves!

hiking
3 months ago

The sights at the end were well worth the hike. Fairly easy hike when I went but the entire trail is dirt and leaves so beware if you are hiking after it rain. On a dry day it is kid friendly for a slightly older child or parents with younger kids in a backpack

4 months ago

Love this place :)

4 months ago

Amazing beach! Hike in/out was pretty easy and definitely worth it!

5 months ago

Great beach! Easy rating seems about right. My 6 mo pregnant wife did it no problems. Not many people at the beach so definitely worth it.

5 months ago

A beautiful location but NOT an EASY hike. Short does not mean easy. It is steep and can be very slippery if wet. When I see an "easy" rating I think I could take the kids. I wouldn't on this one. The hike back up would be unpleasant.

6 months ago

I am confused as to why this trail is rated easy and the Hideaway Beach trail is moderate. This trail is definitely not as tricky to get down as the Hideaway Beach trail but as others have said, you want to pack light and wear shoes that don't slip easily. The beach is gorgeous and not as crowded as other beaches so that was a big plus. Definitely going back.

7 months ago

Don't pack heavy. Towel and drinks.

7 months ago

Nice and very large beach, good waves for swimming. While it is a short trail, the easy rating is somewhat misleading. It's fairly steep returning, and could cause problems for someone with knee issues, or who is out of shape. Pack lightly to go to this beach, I learned the hard way!

7 months ago

this is the most beautiful beach we have ever visited!! it is heaven on Earth!!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful beach that is a little hard to get to. An adventurous location for sure. Lots of sand, great scenery, and running springs to rinse off after a long day at the beach. The lighthouse side is clothing optional so again an adventurous location!

walking
9 months ago

nice walk, with a great beach, but the water has a big break so if you're looking for a swim spot this won't be a good one for you.

trail can be slippery!

hiking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Short but steep. Rope assisted on large and non perpendicular steps. Worth it though.

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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!

walking
Friday, October 17, 2014

I would name it "not so secret" beach. Easy spot - walk left when you face the sea for a little waterfall and more waves vs cliffs battles.

hiking
Saturday, September 01, 2012

This was a beautiful hike and it was great for trail running. I want to go back to Kauai to do the 22mile out and back hike with overnight camping.

23 days ago

hiking
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