Things to Do in Lydgate Beach Park

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Lydgate Beach Park is located on the East side of Kauai adjacent to the Wailua River, Hawaii.

Lydgate State Park has an ocean break rock wall that minimizes the waves and allows for an enjoyable, safe swim or snorkel experience.

You can also enjoy the beach by surfing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and beachcombing.

Lydgate Beach is protected from the open ocean by a lava-rock wall, so you can do any beach activity here with no worries!

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Located on the East Side (Coconut Coast), Kauai, near the mouth of the Wailua River, Lydgate Beach is protected from the open ocean by a lava-rock wall, so you can do any beach activity here with no worries!
Lydgate Beach park snorkeling is one of the highlights of this state park. This safe beach is also a popular place for swimming, diving, and fishing for it uniquely hosts a variety of tropical fish in protected calm waters. Lydgate Beach even attracts windsurfers when south winds offer favorable sailing conditions for this side of the island.
It’s also a lovely beach for picnickers for there are some picnic shades available along the stretch. You can beachcomb or simply taking a stroll to enjoy the beauty of Kauai. If you like to spend the night there, there’s a designated area for Lydgate Beach Park Camping—visitors’ favorite is Lydgate Beach park campground space 18.

Lydgate Camp Sites

Waterfront campground with fire pit, toilets and bathroom is available.

Address : Nehe Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA


You can swim, snorkel, dive, windsurf, picnic, beachcomb, and spend an amazing day with any other beach activity there. If you love biking, there’s also a designated trail available for you! Lydgate Beach bike path is a 2.5 mile segment of multi-use path at Lydgate Beach Park. It’s the first phase of a greater plan to extend a coastal trail from Nawiliwili to Anahola called Ke Ala Hele Makalae or "the path that goes by the coast".
If you brought your kids with you, there’s a playground nearby called Kamalani Kai Bridge.

Kamalani Kai Bridge

Unique bridge with huge playground for kids complete with slides.

Address : Nehe Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA


Due to the pandemic spread, the mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for all passengers (visitors and returning residents) arriving into the state of Hawaii on or before August 31. Every adult traveler (including officers and crew members) flying from the continental U.S., and international must complete the Mandatory Travel Declaration Form and the revised 14-day Order for Self-quarantine Form.
Everyone must continue to wear facial masks when entering places of business, keep the 6-feet distance, and practice good hygiene by washing hands with soap or a hand sanitizer.


Normally, Lydgate Beach park is open at 7 am and closed at 6 pm, but due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the beach is currently closed.
If you want the quieter beach to yourself, you can go on weekdays like Monday. To plan your holiday here, pay attention to the weather and temperature. In February, for example, the winds and waves are usually up more than a little.


For snorkeling, you can either bring your own gear or rent one at Snorkel Bob's Kapaa. This chain operation provide masks, fins and snorkels for sale and rent, plus helicopter and boat tours.
If you’re into surfing, there’s a specific spot recommended for you called Surf Spot Ariel. It’s also considered a good low key spot not only to surf, but also to drive on the beach and camp. Waves vary depending on the day and winds. You can even spot some passing whales there!

Snorkel Bob's Kapaa

Chain operation providing masks, fins & snorkels for sale & rent, plus helicopter & boat tours.

Address : 4-734 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA


Adjacent to Lydgate Beach Park, Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay is a chic beachfront resort 3 miles from Fern Grotto and 8 miles from Wailua Falls.
The stylish rooms with warm wood furnishings have free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minifridges, microwaves and Keurig coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add ocean views. Some come with terraces. Suites and cottages add separate living areas with pull-out sofas. Limited room service is provided.
There’s even a casual restaurant with ocean views, plus a bar and a 24-hour market. Other amenities include 2 outdoor pools and a hot tub, along with a gym and loaner bikes. Parking is complimentary. Breakfast is extra.
Kaha Lani Resort is another lodging option for you to choose. It’s an ocean view condos with full kitchen, WiFi, cable TV and private lanai (a type of roofed, open-sided veranda, patio, or porch originating in Hawaii), surrounded by tropical gardens.
Visitors love the nice kitchen setup in which you can cook your own meals and which helps you save money. It’s also a very nice place, the decor is beautiful, and the drinks offered are really great!

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

Stylish beachfront hotel offering a restaurant & 2 pools, plus loaner bikes & a gym.

Address : 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA

Kaha Lani Resort

Ocean view condos with full kitchen, WiFi, cable TV & private lanai, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Address : 4460 Nehe Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA


Naupaka Terrace Restaurant is Kauai Beach Resort dining which offers Hawaiian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus breathtaking ocean views. Savor fresh, local ingredients and island-inspired menus at the hotel restaurant offering elegant, candlelit dinners. The restaurant is open on Monday thru Thursday, from 12pm to 8pm and on Friday thru Sunday at 10am to 8pm.
Executive Chef Mark Arriola is preparing great family-style meals to keep you well fed during your visit at the Kauai beaches, including Lydgate Beach. Prime rib and crab buffet, one of the highlights of the dining place, is Saturday nights only. Expect the meat to come out of the crab in one piece 95% of the time—which is pretty impressive!
Breakfast buffet is the standard American breakfast which you can enjoy for your morning meals. You can order the a la carte as well for some visitors think that it’s better than the buffet. They also have an omelet bar with fresh ingredients.

Naupaka Terrace Restaurant

Offering Hawaiian dishes for breakfast, lunch & dinner, plus water views.

Address : 4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI 96766, USA


Bamboo Grill is a recommended eatery by the local golfers. This place certainly does not have the biggest menu but that allows a place to specialize in what they make. The burgers are pretty good and the food is in huge portions portions so you won't leave hungry!
The place is a bit small but they have a full bar and a couple of dart boards. Plus, the location is easy to find and there are plenty of parking spaces.

Bamboo Grill Lihue

Local restaurant offering American fare in friendly atmosphere.

Address : 3-5350 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766, USA


Mamahune's is a casual bar with an outdoor seating which offers you fast service. Located just next to the Hilton pool, this little tiki shack by the sea serves home cooked food and handcrafted cocktails with spectacular ocean views. People truly love the cocktails as well as live music performances!


Enjoy the fantastic ocean views and retro aloha spirit while tasting handcrafted tiki cocktails.

Address : 3-5620 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, USA