Kalapaki Beach, Kauai
Nawiliwili Bay is a grand threshold to Kauai’s magnificence. Sitting on the south eastern shore of the island, Nawiliwili Bay opens up to the Pacific Ocean with welcoming gestures, ushering in cruise ships, canoes, surfers and sea life.
Not only is this a breath-taking bay, but Nawiliwili Harbor is where thousands of visitors first step foot on the island as they de-board their cruise ships. Hence, the quaint seaside village is always humming with excited energy and many options for satisfying your every need.
Famed for its versatile Kalapaki Beach, Nawiliwili Harbor hosts a slew of shops, restaurants and activity companies that can accommodate your day in the bay. Kauai Beach Boys rental company is acclaimed for its friendly staff and approachable activities. They can teach you to surf the swell, stand-up paddleboard the sea or even ride the waves local-style in a traditional canoe surfing lesson.
For a more intimate and serene experience, you can journey into the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge with Island Adventures. You can only access this refuge by kayaking up the peaceful Hule’ia River which feeds into Nawiliwili Bay. This is a truly unique experience, as this area of the island is not open to the public and only accessible via guided tour. Hule’ia is one of three National Wildlife Refuges on the island of Kauai and also plays a vital role in honoring the rare ecosystem. In 1973, after observing the decline of Hawaii’s coastal wetlands, the US Fish and Wildlife purchased 241 acres to set aside for the protection of Hawaii’s water birds. This land is now Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge and home to 31 species of birds, five of them are endangered natives.
Whether you spent your energy during a riveting adventure or exhausted yourself shopping, you can find solace and refuel at famous eating establishments in the very same harbor. Duke’s is a legendary, beachside restaurant, named after the Ambassador of Aloha, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. The pacific-inspired menu and enthusiastic service is backed by a passion for Aloha and the promise of a good time. Located just down the street is JJ’s Broiler, a family owned and operated restaurant for nearly 50 years, sitting oceanfront at Kalapaki Beach and providing “quality food with friendly Aloha spirit.” With the combination of ocean views and Aloha-infused food, you can’t go wrong!
Just outside of the Nawiliwili Bay, up on the bluff, sits one of Hawaii’s most esteemed golf courses, Hokuala. Famed for its stunning views, impeccable maintenance and comprehensive offerings, Hokuala Ocean Course is a must for any golf enthusiast. With “one signature hole after another,” this course will take your game to the next level.
For your stay in Nawiliwili Bay, with quick access to Kalapaki Beach and an easy drive to anywhere else on the island, the Cliff Homes offer you a regal setting within the heart of the Marriott Resort Lihue. Enjoy the amenities and service of this award-winning Marriott location with our unparalleled and affordable prices. Our Cliff Homes include apartment, studio and Ohana size, with amenities fit for single and family-style occupancy. Also explore our Kalapaki Beach Front property, which boasts the closest proximity to the water at Kalapaki Beach.