Kauapea "Secret" Beach

MODERATE 91 reviews

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

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

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

views

hiking
30 days ago

Great Beach during big waves! Short hike down.

1 month ago

Easy walk. Did it in cheap flip flops. Perfect beach for kids and adults.
UPDATE to my original post. Came out here a few days later and it was a whole other story. Surf was high and the waves were huge. So I guess it depends on the day for the kids

surfing
1 month ago

Beautiful beach, path is pretty straight forward just really steep. You’d be able to bring a surf board & other beach items as long as it hasn’t recently rained.

1 month ago

Wouldn't really call it a hike but it's all downhill and since it always rains in the north it will be slippery. Go slow and you will be all right. Go early too as there isn't a lot of parking. Beach is gorgeous.

1 month ago

came here 12/25/28 with 2 adults a seven year old and an 18 month old. the trail was somewhat muddy due to rain. there are foot holds in the trail to help climb. give yourself time to accend and descend. there is some gate to hold onto. the rain came putting down while there and we had to leave. climb was better going back barefoot. the water and bare feet give more traction. go slow and have fun. it's worth it. it's nice and more surfers than beach goers. has a small Rivlet coming out of the land into sea that infants and children can play in.

1 month ago

A pretty easy hike and a beautiful beach.

2 months ago

Anini Beach has always been our favorite but after finding this one it may be a tie.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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hiking
2 months ago

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.

nature trips
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Beautiful small trail with a gorgeous beach at the bottom.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

Wild, expansive, and beautiful.

6 months ago

Not really a hike but it is steep and huge roots and ruts on the trail. Beautiful beach not too crowded but it’s getting more traffic of late, boo! Very high tide so not so great for swimming.

6 months ago

Nice walk to a quiet beach. Dry track the day we came down so easy walk, not too slippery. The surf was quite rough, a few people brave enough for a swim, not sure if that is the norm or if it was just a rough day? Beautiful beach with views to the lighthouse.

6 months ago

Worth the short hike to a very pretty beach without a lot of people. The hike definitely could be a little slippery when wet.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful short walk down to the Secret Beach. It wasn’t raining when we went and therefore wasn’t slippery at all. It’s steep but fairly easy when it’s not raining. The Beach is absolutely beautiful! We wanted to go snorkeling but the ocean was a bit rough at the time. We will definitely come here again!

7 months ago

A little steep to go down because of the mud, but it is a really nice beach. There is not a lot of people!

7 months ago

Wonderful time. Hiking part was fine and our 5 year old made it down and up with some assistance. Beach was great and not crowded. Would recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome beach, clean, easy hike in and out. Be careful of mud if it has been raining but not a hard hike at all...just a little steep. One of my favorite beaches!

hiking
8 months ago

This is by far my favorite beach anywhere!!
I’m glad you changed the rating from easy to moderate. It’s definitely harder going back up as it’s very steep but very worth the beauty and uniqueness of this beach. Where else can you simultaneously hear the sound of waves and a waterfall?

8 months ago

lovely place, easy hike ,

9 months ago

Very muddy, it rained and was drizzling when we hiked it so it took us awhile. Steep and you can easily slip so be careful. Nice beach at the end tho! Just be careful.

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