South Side Wedding Locations

Southside Beaches in the Poi'pu and Lawai area are some of Kauai's most popular wedding beaches. Sunny Poipu is truly sunny! You will have clear skies for your wedding 99 out of 100 days. If you are staying in Poi’pu all the beaches are within 5 minutes of most accommodations

Shipwreck Beach.  Keoneloa Bay or Shipwreck Beach, as it is more commonly known, is by far one of the most popular wedding beaches on Kauai.  Although very popular, it is rarely crowded at late afternoon or sunset. It offers both beach and cliffside locations and wonderful views.   The beach is close The Hyatt, Casa di Amici and many other fine restaurants.

Baby Beach.  Tucked between some oceanfront homes, Baby Beach offers a somewhat private setting with a beautiful view of the ocean, palm trees, and a hint of sunset. The Beach House Restaurant is close by and is a popular choice for wedding dinners.

Moir Gardens at Plantation Garden Restaurant.  This is a very intimate and pretty location.  The orchid gardens bloom all year.  The restaurant is spectacular and you can go across the street to the beach by the Sheraton for photos.  There is a site fee.

National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai.   Located right across the street from Spouting Horn, there are lovely gardens, ample lawns under spreading shade trees and an incredible waterfall deep in the property. There is a fee, but it is spectacular and well worth it.

Resorts.  If you wish to have your wedding at a resort, the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton are lovely locations.  This photo on the left was taken on dramatic lava rocks after a wedding at the Sheraton Poipu.  Visit other photos of tropical weddings at our Pinterest boards.

Kapaa and East Side Locations

The Eastside of Kauai is the perfect location if you are planning a sunrise or early morning wedding and you want to see the sun come up over the ocean. Many locations on the Eastside are close to resorts so you could walk out of your room and be adjacent to a beautiful private spot for your ceremony.  

Maka’iwa Beach.  Better known as Coconut Coast Beach, this is a great private place in the Kapa’a –Wailua area.  It is a private orange sand beach that is usually almost deserted, since it is not a swimming beach. It’s best at low tide, and is steps from both the Courtyard by Marriot and the Coconut Coast Resort.

Papaloa Cove on Wailua Bay.  Another private slice of beach with views across Wailua Bay and the mountains in the background.  Wailua is one of the most sacred areas on Kauai.  It was the home of the Hawaiian ali’i (royalty).

Nukoli’i Beach.  This is another rather private location adjacent to the Kauai Beach Resort.

Kalapaki Beach.  Located in Lihue, the north end of the beach is a very popular wedding spot for couples staying at the Kauai Marriott and couples coming on the cruise ships who want to be married on the beach on Kauai during their stopover.

Other popular places on the Eastside of Kauai include: Lydgate Beach Park, Smith’s Tropical Paradise, Kealia Beach and Aliomanu Beach, which is a little north of Kapa’a Town.  If you wish to stay at a resort and have your wedding planned for you, I highly recommend Courtyard by Marriott.


See more photos of lovely beach wedding locations at our Pinterest board.


Hanalei Bay, Anini Beach, Princeville Beach, Lumahai,  Ke’e , Tunnels.  That says it all… probably the best lineup of gorgeous beaches in the world.  All are picture perfect.  

Hanalei Bay, I have friends who sailed all over the Pacific for 10 years, but when they sailed into Hanalei Bay, they said they had never seen anything more beautiful, anywhere.  They sold their boat and have lived in Hanalei ever since.  Made famous by George Clooney’s “The Descendants” and a premier surfing location, Hanalei Bay is truly world class.

As beautiful as Hanalei Bay is, as a wedding location even Paradise has its price.   Although it is a very broad beach for most of the year, there are always people strolling the Bay, even early morning and especially at sunset.  But you’ve got that view…!

Princeville Beach is on the East end of Hanalei Bay and adjacent to the private St. Regis beach area.  Probably the best view of the Northshore coastline and sunset over the ocean from March to late September.  It’s a little harder to get to as you have to walk down the public access stairs next to St. Regis, but if you having your wedding dinner at the St. Regis Resort, you can valet park and take the elevator down to the beach.   If you get married at Hanalei Bay Resort and have your ceremony on their spectacular bluff overlooking the bay, this is the beach you would go to for photos.        

Anini Beach is a very popular snorkeling beach and is protected by a large reef.  At either end of Anini there are private spots which work well for weddings.  One spot, known as the Keyhole, is on a lava rock platform that juts out into the ocean and is perfect during calm summer seas.  The other end is a quiet sand beach.

Lumahai (Nurse’s Beach), Tunnels (Makua Beach) and Ke’e (End of the Road) all are lush and tropical, and usually almost deserted at sunset.  Each is knockout beautiful with Ke’e having views down the Na Pali coast.   During the winter, the waves can be dramatic and dangerous.  In fact, there are no permits issued for Lumahai Beach between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

North Shore Resorts.  If you prefer to have your wedding through one of the resorts, I recommend Hanalei Bay Resort, the Westin or St. Regis in Princeville and Hanalei Colony Resort in Ha’ena.  See our Pinterest board of Hanalei Bay Resort