The 12 Best Kauai Beach Wedding Venues
Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle" and is very deservedly so, with lush, tropical rain forests. Weddings on Kauai are extremely popular, and there is no shortage of beaches and rain forest venues to choose from.
Simultaneously, Kauai has some of the wettest spots on earth, with some locations such as Mount Waialeale reporting more than 450 inches of rain annually. If you want to avoid rainfall and humid locations for your wedding venue on Kauai, you may want to avoid mountainous areas where the humidity gets trapped, and instead seek beach locations where it'll be less moist and climate is more dry.
Below, we've listed some of the most popular beach wedding venues on Kauai.
Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the North coast of Kauai. The town of Hanalei is located in the middle of the bay, and Hanalei Bay is made up of almost 2 miles of sandy beach, surrounded by mountains which makes for a beautiful wedding photography backdrop. The waves at Hanalei Bay tend to be small in the summer, but can reach 10+ ft during the winter. Nearby, the Princeville community boasts numerous restaurants and shops. Hanalei Bay's proximity to these shops allows couples to host an intimate wedding lunch or dinner reception after a Hanalei Bay wedding ceremony.
Tunnels (Makua) Beach
Tunnels Beach is a North shore beach known for snorkeling, but the general scenery is gorgeous as well. Tunnels Beach gets its name from the shape of the wave as they breaks, creating a tube that surfers can ride through. Tunnels Beach is also known as the filming location for the 1958 Hollywood hit South Pacific. This is also a great wedding venue due to its easy access and public parking/facilities next to the beach - a great choice if you don't want to make too much of a trek but still want to get married in beautiful natural scenery!
Anini Beach is a lesser known beach compared to Hanalei or Tunnels, and will therefore draw fewer crowds - which is great for couples who opt for more private and intimate wedding ceremonies and wedding photo shoots. Be aware that the beach itself is also smaller than Hanalei and Tunnels Beach- meaning you may have less physical space along the sandy beach compared to larger beaches. There are some cool trees and branches that hang over the water, which could make for some cool wedding photo opportunities!
Shipwreck (Keoniloa) Beach
Shipwreck Beach, also known as Keoniloa Bay, is on the South shore of Kauai. This beach is very large, with significant space from dramatic sea cliffs on one end to a rocky shore break on the other. If you are looking for a nice, large beach for your wedding and are looking for something on the South shore of Kauai, this beach is your best bet. Nearby you'll find the Sheraton Kauai Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai and Marriott's Koloa Landing - all luxury hotels that could serve as excellent venues for a subsequent wedding reception and/or dinner.
Poipu Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Kauai's South shore. This beach has consistently sunny weather compared to the North and East shores, and if you are looking for some sunshine this could be a great location for your wedding venue. As it's located just a mile or two from Shipwreck Beach, you'll have the option to host your wedding receptions after your beach ceremony at the hotels nearby: Sheraton Kauai Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai and Marriott's Koloa Landing.
Lydgate Beach is on Kauai's East shore, just south of the town of Kapaa. This beach features two enclosed jetty areas that protect the beach from larger waves, making the ocean more calm and peaceful. Additionally, a 2.5 mile coastal path makes it nice for a stroll for you and your guests. Because Kapaa is nearby, you will find it convenient to host your wedding receptions or dinners at a restaurant nearby.
Waipouli Beach is located right in front of the Waiouli Beach Resort and Spa, a luxury hotel property. If you have a higher budget and plan on staying at a luxury resort for your wedding, this would be a perfect venue. Even if you aren't looking to stay at a luxury hotel, you could make a trip to this beach and take advantage of the beautiful views. There is a Safeway just across from the highway, so if you need to pick up any last-minute items such as leis for wedding guests, this is a very convenient beach to have your wedding at. This beach is also in the town of Kapaa, which conveniently allows for any additional wedding activities.
Wailua Beach is just south of Kapaa, just across the Wailua River from Lydgate Beach. Despite its proximity to Kapaa, it is oftentimes not very crowded, which makes it an excellent venue for a wedding.
Anahola Beach is located away from the resorts, at about 7 miles north of Kapaa. If you like the quieter, calmer scene away from other tourists, this beach may be the best choice for you. Anahola beach is about 1.5 miles long and is separated by a small river. Some tourists find that this beach is "not their flavor" owing to the fact that it does not have resort facilities nearby. However, if your priority is to get away from crowds and tourists, this is a great beach for holding your wedding ceremony.
We hope the above recommendations are helpful! We suggest, if you have time ahead of your wedding date, to travel to these top beaches and scope them out for yourself. Keep an eye out for crowdedness, noises, wind speeds (which can result in messy hair in your wedding photos!), convenience and ease of access (parking if you have a lot of guests attending the beach ceremony), etc. Once you've visited these various beaches in person, you'll get a much clearer idea of which one meets your needs best. Best of luck!