We just came home from an incredible family vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. We had many activities planned before our arrival but also made sure we had time to explore the island. One of our favorite stops was made on our last day to the Kauai Glass Beach. I had read about it in a few travel guides and knew my seven year old daughter would love learning about a beach full of glass pebbles and washed up soft and rounded remnants of debris thrown into the ocean many years ago. While some of the Kauai Glass Beach driving directions I found were confusing, I’ve shared the best and easiest route here so you can quickly plan your visit. The Glass Beach in Kauai, Hawaii is a fun and educational visit; a must see for visitors to the island.
The Kauai Glass Beach is located just a few minutes from the Port Allen Harbor in Ele’ele in the middle of an industrial area. The lack of aesthetics might initially deter you from rounding the corner and finding the Glass Beach.
Although there are many glass beaches all over the world, the Kauai Glass Beach has an interesting location rich in history. The previous dump site has turned into a wonderful beach full of glass pebbles and some interesting larger glass pieces. Depending on the tide you will find many different variations of sea glass created by bottles and other trash tumbling in the sand below the ocean waves for many years.
Driving directions to Kauai Glass Beach
- Drive toward Hanapepe.
- Turn left on Walalo Road toward Port Allen.
- Turn left on Aka Ula (the road just before the ocean – looks like you are turning into an industrial area).
- Aka Ula turns into a dirt road. Continue driving and make a right turn on the next dirt road.
- You’ll arrive in front of the Glass Beach seconds later.
Parking is available directly in front of the beach.
If you continue driving up the dirt road you will come to a dead end with a beautiful view of the Kauai Glass Beach. Near the dead end you will see a cemetery. The right side of the beach offers views of the industrial area and Port Allen.
We wandered up the dirt road and observed the cemetery. From the road there are clear views of some intact headstones with Japanese writing.
The other side of the cemetery has headstones in English and other languages. We did not actually enter the property but it looked like an amazing historical landsite to explore.
If you’re near Port Allen you definitely should stop by the Kauai Glass Beach. If you’re staying on the other side of the island near Hanalei Bay like we did, the day trip is surely worth your time with other interesting roadside attractions along the way. Remember though, like any beach, do not take the sea glass or any other items found as souvenirs.
Do you plan to visit the Kauai Glass Beach on your next family vacation?
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Be sure to check out the Kauai Coffee Estate for an awesome educational coffee experience!