Kauai: beaching it
A short hike down from pasturelands leads to more than a mile of wild beach. Monk seals and shorebirds like the rough lava-and-coral reef, and backshore flora.
A hike-to-only special near Kilauea. The first beach is easy, and several other secluded beaches are reachable by rock-hopping the shore.
A few private homes, yes, but this lush stream valley and bay has a half-mile of curving sand and coral tidepools right for a swim.
A few miles of bumpy road from the Grand Hyatt in Poipu leads to this beach. Great swimming. A coastal trail toward Hoary Head Ridge provides a getaway from this getaway.
You can always find quietude, even when the crowds are pounding Tunnels and Ke‘e beaches, which are just down the road.
The north end of Hanalei Bay has some lonesome sand and great mountain views—especially if you take the surfer’s trail and not the roadside turnout.