Friday, July 29, 2011

Anini Beach, relaxing for parents, fun for kids

Anini is arguably is one of the most peaceful beaches on Kauai. It is usually less crowded than Poipu or Hanalei and the beach itself is really quite breathtaking. It also one of the safer swimming beaches on the north shore, which makes it a great spot for kids and parents alike. A fringing reef located just offshore keeps the water relatively calm and offers some good snorkeling.

The beach at Anini is lined with Kamani trees, which are great for shade if you plan to spend the whole day here. There are numerous places to pull over and find your own little nook. The park has some nice grassy areas and picnic tables and there are several covered pavilions thart can be reserved for parties. However, if they are not occupied, they can be claimed on a first come first serve basis. Camping is allowed at Anini (and this is a great place to camp!), but you will need a permit.

Most people’s favorite activity at Anini is doing nothing, but many folks like to kayak snorkel, windsurf, kite surf, swim, fish, camp, comb the beach or play horseshoes here. Anini also offers some beautiful views of the Kilauea lighthouse and the complex gradation of blues that occurs when the shallow water reveals the color of the sand and reef then intensifies towards the depth.

Whatever you choose to do at Anini, you are sure to enjoy this beach! To get there, head north past Kilauea and take the second Kalihiwai road, then turn left on Anini drive. Make sure to drive the whole stretch of beach before choosing the perfect spot to relax.

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