Kauapea "Secret" Beach is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kilauea, Hawaii and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
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.
Short but steep. Rope assisted on large and non perpendicular steps. Worth it though.
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!
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.
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.