Posted July 6th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Last edited by chihuaha; July 6th, 2012 at 01:19 PM
A frequently mentioned and very nice nearby beach is Kalapaki, over at the Marriott Resort and Beach Club. You can walk from the dock (a bit hot in midday sun though), or ride the free shuttle over to the Anchor Cove shopping mall, and just walk diagonally across the street to the Marriott.
The beach is partly behind the Nawiliwili harbor breakwater, so even though this is the more exposed east side of Kauai, the waves are small to nothing, depending on the swell height outside. The swimming is great, but it's not really a good snorkeling spot, if that matters. There is a Dukes there for good lunch/dinner options, and I seem to recall a small ice cream/snack place too. You can see your ship over the palms. Be sure to wander the beautifully landscaped gardens "inside" as well-very scenic.
As everywhere in Hawai`i, the beach itself is public, however the grounds eg. the shady areas under the palms, are private. It would be respectful and appropriate to rent some beach toys, or have lunch/drinks, or otherwise be a paying customer if you want to set up on their lawn area.
We have done this twice, on both our POA cruises, but the second day instead of the first. From the number of towels from the ship around, you'll realize this is a popular destination for cruise pasengers.
It's a wonderful spot, to be so close to the rather industrial port.
November 2013 - Carnival Fantasy - 7 day Bahamas/Turks circuit
Feb 2012 - NCL Pride of America - Hawai`i (again!)
Feb 2011 - Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos
Dec 2010 - Carnival Glory - Bahamas
Dec 2009 - Celebrity Millennium - Lower Caribbean
Nov 2008 - NCL Majesty - Bahamas
Jan 2008 - NCL Majesty - Western Caribbean
Mar 2007 - NCL Pride of America - Hawai`i
Mar 2006 - NCL Majesty - Western Caribbean