Pakala Beach

Pakala Beach Kauai

Pakala Beach on Kauai’s West Side offers a quiet escape with excellent surfing conditions and scenic views.
  • Region: West Side
  • Renowned for its surf break known as Infinities, because the waves are described as infinite.
  • Lightly-visited beach has murky water but picturesque views.
  • Best for surfing, beachcombing and sunbathing. Swimming is not advised.
  • Accessibility: Parking on the side of the highway near Waimea Town, with a short 5-minute walk to the beach.
  • No lifeguards or restrooms.
  • Map: Google Maps

Pakala Beach, situated on the West Shore of Kauai, Hawaii, is a renowned surfing destination known for its long, continuous waves. Commonly referred to by locals as “Infinities,” this beach is a haven for local surfers seeking challenging and consistent surf breaks. The beach is located along Hoanuanu Bay and is notable for its natural beauty and relatively uncrowded shores.

Pakala Beach

Surf conditions at Pakala Beach are consistent throughout the year, with the best waves typically found near the rocky outcropping on the eastern side of the beach. The prime surfing season at Pakala Beach is towards the end of summer when light winds and ideal swells create optimal conditions for surfing. Body boarding is also popular here.

Pakala Beach

Far off the radar from tourists, Pakala Beach is a decidedly locals beach. Visitors to Kauai looking to surf Infinities will likely encounter both localism and Aloha. Give locals the right of way and be courteous on your visit.

Pakala Beach

Pakala Beach features fine sand with a reddish tint that reflects Kauai’s distinctive red dirt. Backed by greenery, the picturesque beach spans approximately 500 yards and includes a small stream (A’akukui) that flows into the ocean. A rock pier on the eastern side provides an excellent vantage point for watching surfers. East of the pier at Pakala Point is a grassy lawn that is used as a staging and picnic area by surfers and local residents.

Pakala Beach

While the beach’s murky, silty waters make swimming inadvisable, it is ideal for other activities such as walking, yoga and beachcombing. The shallow waters near the shore allow for wading, but visitors should remain vigilant due to the possibility of sharks in murky conditions. Except for surfers on the eastern end of the beach, the rest of the beach (western end) remains relatively empty. For those seeking peace and solitude on a long stretch of deserted beach, Pakala delivers.

Pakala Beach Parking

Access to Pakala Beach involves parking along the shoulder of Kaumualii Highway (HI-50) near mile marker 21 just east of Waimea. Visitors should exercise caution due to the high-speed traffic on the highway.

Pakala Beach Trail

From the parking area, a short 5-minute hike down a trail leads to the beach. The relatively flat trail is usually easy to navigate except during periods of heavy rain, when proper footwear with good tread is recommended. The land surrounding the beach is privately owned, so visitors should stay on designated paths and public areas to avoid trespassing.