Of the many amazing things to experience on the Garden Island, perhaps the most stunning are its kaleidoscopic sunsets. The view is spectacular as the sun meets the water, but the most awe-inspiring hues appear after the sun has set. Vibrant colors – deep purples, reds, and oranges – paint the horizon as vivid shades of blue, violet, and gold fill the rest of the sky. Just steps from renowned Po’ipu Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is the perfect home base from which to explore the best sunset-watching spots on Kauai.
1. Kiahuna Beach
Located directly in front of Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, the soft, golden sand of Kiahuna Beach is an ideal place to watch the beautiful blue sky transform into a multicolored masterpiece. The distant reef keeps the waters fairly calm, making it a great place to swim, snorkel, and boogie board.
2. Po’ipu Beach Park
Po’ipu Beach Park, just steps from Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, fronts Po’ipu Beach – a series of sand crescents strung together. Po’ipu Beach offers crystal-clear waters perfect for surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and bodyboarding. As the day winds down, it’s the perfect spot to take in a breathtaking sunset.
3. The Wall
Considered by locals to be one of the best sunset-watching-spots on Kauai, The Wall on Ho’onani Road is located just down the road from Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort. Take in the gorgeous sunset and, if conditions are right, you may get lucky enough to see the green flash – a band of green light caused by the refraction of sunlight – just above the setting sun.
4. Baby Beach
Baby Beach is a hidden gem just to the west of Po’ipu Beach. The protected cove offers calm, ankle-deep waters, perfect for families with babies – hence the name – and small children. Enjoy a family fun day in the sun followed by a memorable Kauai sunset.
5. The Beach House
Famous for its stunning sunset views, this renowned restaurant offers a breathtaking oceanfront setting along Kauai’s sunny south shore, friendly island hospitality, and innovative Pacific Rim cuisine.
6. Shipwrecks Beach
A popular Kauai beach located on the eastern end of Po’ipu, Shipwrecks Beach is a white sand beach best for boogie boarding, surfing, and windsurfing. Generally, conditions aren’t ideal for swimming due to strong currents and high surf. However, it’s a great beach to lounge and watch the picture-perfect sunset.
7. Maha’ulepu Beach
Adventurous types head to magical Maha’ulepu Beach, a remote coastline featuring lava tubes, sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, blow holes, tide pools, and secluded coves. The soft, white sand beach is perfect for relaxing, searching for beach treasures, or taking in a magnificent sunset.
8. Kukui’ula Harbor
A romantic sunset cruise may be one of the best ways to see the sunset. Surrounded by sea and sky, as the waves gently lap the boat, you’ll experience the unique magic of a Kauai sunset in an entirely different way.
9. Kekaha Beach Park
With the longest stretch of white sand beach in the state, Kekaha Beach Park is fantastic for sunbathing, beachcombing, jogging, surfing, and bodyboarding. It’s less ideal for swimming, but if the conditions are right visitors venture in. Kekaha Beach Park, however, is undeniably ideal for remarkable Kauai sunsets.
10. Salt Pond Beach Park
Adjacent to Kauai’s only natural salt ponds, Salt Pond Beach Park is a favorite of locals and offers a protected lagoon with clear, calm waters (making it great for families). Walk out to the eastern shore to catch the sun setting behind the beach for the perfect end to a perfect sun-and-fun-filled day.
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets of Kauai while relaxing in the Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort whirlpool.