Anini Beach is a tranquil, semi-secluded stretch of beach on the North Shore of Kauai. It offers water activities like swimming, paddleboarding, snorkeling and windsurfing. If you’re seeking a picturesque beach to sit and relax or perhaps take a dip in the water or a stroll, then Anini is the place for you.
A large reef protects the beach from large waves, making Anini a perfect spot for inexperienced swimmers and kids. Clear and warm waters make for a perfect snorkeling spot. And a steady breeze makes Anini Beach a favorite for windsurfers.
Reportedly, the beach used to be called Wanini but the W fell off the sign and apparently it was easier just to go with the new name.
How To Get To Anini Beach
It’s not that hard to get to Anini Beach, no matter where you’re staying on the island. It’s right off Kuhio Highway which runs almost across the entire island. So even if you’re staying on the eastern shore or south shore of Kauai, to get to Anini Beach, just take Kuhio Highway 56 and then turn onto Kalihiwai Road.
Continue on this road until you reach Anini Beach Road, which will be on the left. This road will lead you right to the beach.
Facilities/Parking at Anini Beach Park
Anini Beach has plenty of parking for visitors. Once you park, you won’t have to walk far to reach the white sand, making it convenient if you’re bringing things along like a beach chair or umbrella. From most of the parking spots, it’s only a short walk across a lawn or through a grove of trees before you reach the beach.
The beach has all of the amenities you need to have an enjoyable day. Restrooms and showers are available and are usually well-maintained. There are some picnic tables for a scenic lunch at the beach and plenty of spots for shade below the trees or pavilions if they’re not taken up yet. The Anini Beach Park campground lets you stay overnight camping.
One thing to be aware of is that there’s no lifeguard on duty here, so always play it safe when visiting and only swim when the water conditions allow for it.
Activities At Anini Beach
Visitors can enjoy all the typical water activities, from snorkeling to swimming. Anini Beach isn’t as crowded as some of Kauai’s other popular beaches, so if you’re looking for a peaceful day, you can find it at this beach.
This part of the coast has a large barrier reef, making it a great place to snorkel. When the water is clear, it’s easy to see a variety of colorful fish and sea turtles. Plan a visit when the surf is calm and the tide is low to get the best snorkeling experience.
You can also bring your kayak or stand-up paddleboard to row on the calm clear waters. You can check out the reef from above and maybe even spot a sea turtle.
If you’re a surfer, bring your board to Anini Beach when the surf is good in the summer. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, try your hand at windsurfing.
It’s also a good choice for families to bring their children for a relaxing day of fun in the sand and ocean water. During the summer the water here is calm and perfect for kids who love splashing and playing at the beach. Just be safe and always keep an eye on them.
When winter comes, it’s best to avoid. There can be strong currents that make it dangerous for inexperienced swimmers.
Things To Do Near Anini Beach
With its useful location near Princeville, you’ll find many luxurious hotels and spas and scenic golf courses. Queen’s Bath is a natural pool carved into rocks that you can visit in Princeville. You can also make a stop on the highway at the Hanalei Valley Lookout, where you can take in the view of the lush green valley and mountains.
Looking for a bite to eat after a day at the beach? There are plenty of places to get a quick bite in the Princeville Shopping Center. Try Sandwich Isle for a delicious lunch or the famous Hawaiian treat shave ice at Sunrise Shave Ice, or go to Lapperts for homemade ice cream and delicious treats.
Whether you love beach sports or a chill beach day with little ones, Anini Beach is a great choice. You won’t regret visiting this jewel of Kauai’s north shore!