Poipu Beach Park is the south shore's premier beach and one of Kauai's most popular beaches. The beach is split into two sections. One section is protected and ideal for infants and small children and adults new to swimming. The second section is called Waiohai beach and offers good swimming and snorkeling. In the summer when the waves pick up this is a very popular surf location. The surf break is over a reef and not suitable for beginners, but waves do sometimes break in the center area. Neighboring Kiahuna beach
is usually where beginner surf lessons are offered.
Depending on seasonal sand erosion, the two sections of the beach are sometimes separated by a sand bar (known as a tombolo) as can be seen in the virtual tour below. In the virtual tour you can also navigate to Poipu Shores and Nihi Kai villas, two condo complexes that are within walking distance to Poipu Beach Park. Poipu Kai Resort
also has several complexes within walking distance to the beach..