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Ninini Beach Information

Ninini Beach Information

Fresh water pours out from under a bluff and across Ninini Beach during heavy rains, so the name is appropriate (Ninini means "pouring"), but it actually got its nickname, Running Waters Beach, because of an irrigation runoff that used to flow into the area.

It's a relatively small and secluded spot at the northern end of Nawiliwili Harbor where two sandy coves are separated by a lava rock formation.

It's a wonderful spot for snorkeling, swimming, and occasional bodysurfing (but can be hit quickly with dangerously high surf from sudden southern storms) and is sometimes frequented by nudists, although that's not legal in the state.

The larger of the two coves slopes slightly towards the sparkling water and is a great place to lay in the sun. The beach is about ¼ mile from Ninini Point, where the Nawiliwili Bay Lighthouse sits.

Drive along Akukini Road towards the ocean, turn right on a dirt road that follows the water, then walk from the lighthouse down trails to the beach. Or park at the golf course clubhouse near the Kauai Marriott Resort.

There's no lifeguard on duty, though, and you'll need to walk back to wherever you parked to find facilities.

Hotels, resorts, and condos near Ninini Beach

Resort areas near Ninini Beach

Kapaa / Wailua
11.7 miles away (25 minute drive)
14.8 miles away (27 minute drive)
Hanalei / Princeville
32.6 miles away (51 minute drive)

Beaches near Ninini Beach

Kalapaki Beach
1.3 miles away (7 minute drive)
Hanamaulu Beach
5.6 miles away (13 minute drive)
Lydgate State Park
7.2 miles away (16 minute drive)
Poipu Beach Park
15.9 miles away (28 minute drive)
Prince Kuhio Park
15.2 miles away (29 minute drive)
Spouting Horn Beach Park
16.7 miles away (33 minute drive)
Mahaulepu Beach
17.3 miles away (34 minute drive)
Hanalei Beach
33.2 miles away (53 minute drive)
Lumahai Beach
35.5 miles away (1.0 hour drive)
Ninini Beach