Many people describe Hawaii’s Kauai as a magical island adventure. The gorgeous paradise features jagged mountain cliffs, cascading waterfalls, lush verdant valleys and some of the most exotic beaches in the world. The island’s laid-back atmosphere is welcoming to visitors and has become quite the hidden gem for those who discover its elegant turquoise waters.

Here are the Best Kauai Beaches to visit:

Hanalei Bay

The beautiful, secluded spot includes two miles of beach surrounded by swaying palm trees. Soft white sand greets beachgoers, and the bay’s calm waters are ideal for children and swimmers and those who enjoy exploring the sea via stand-up paddling.

Tunnels Beach

For snorkeling and scuba diving aficionados, the North Shore beach is ideal. The golden sand is gorgeous with a lush jungle and mountain backdrop. Underwater caverns made of lava tubes create the ultimate ocean adventure to explore.

Poipu Beach

The South Shore escape is something special and proud of its number one title as “America’s Best Beach” by The Travel Channel. Poipu offers beachgoers two facets; the western side is perfect for families with its protected cove, and the eastern side is popular for surfing and boogie boarding.

Mahaulepu Beach

The isolated stretch of coastline is stunning with sandstone cliffs, tide pools and stretches of white sand. Strong trade winds make this area a favorite for windsurfers and kiteboarders.

Ke’e Beach

The exotic beach marks the beginning of the Napali Coast and the Kalalau trail. Folks say that the water can become as clear as a swimming pool during summer days. It’s a lovely spot to view the sunset and superb for swimming, snorkeling and kicking back.

Kalapaki Beach

The crescent-shaped beach is popular with both tourists and locals and easy to find since it is fronted by the Kauai Marriott Resort with neat restaurants and shopping. It is located about 10 minutes from the airport and a nice beach for relaxing before returning home.

Anini Beach Park

Fans describe the north beach as beautiful, serene and relaxing and great for families with children. The area offers restrooms, showers, picnic tables, a boat ramp, and campsites. Snorkeling is amazing as plenty of fish and sea turtles glide along beautiful coral reefs.