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Kauai: The Garden Isle.

While it is well known for being the surfing jewel of the pacific, as well as a honeymooner's paradise, few would associate Kauai with rock climbing. I would best describe the island as a giant pile of rock. Loose blocks, petrified mud, and stubborn vegetation make up the vast majority of what little exposed rock the 552 sq. mile island has to offer. Rock scouting efforts prove difficult; be prepared for wildly undulating terrain, swampy humidity, tenacious mosquitoes, and bipolar weather that can sneak up without warning. Most of the legitimate multi pitch opportunities, stretched out along the sheer and crumbly cliffs along the Na Pali Coast, promise a quick death. Nevertheless, the adventure is waiting for those who are willing to find some clean lines and endure some unique difficulties.

Kauai is an island of adventure in every aspect. Even the people who live here offer much to discover. The demographic has become an ethnically eclectic medley of humanity, the numbers of which ebb with the winter swells, which as the locals say, travel untouched thousands of miles straight from Russia. While the massive winter waves can light up the coasts with surfers and events, it makes climbing along the coast mostly inaccessible. The ocean claims many casualties every year, tragedies that are often preventable with a little more circumspection. Always keep one eye on the water.

For the diehard rock fiend, the majority of the climbing experiences to be found on this island are interspersed along the beaches. Several oceanfront cliffs, hardened over centuries of erosion, offer puzzling climbing on secure, grippy rock. Excluding the Dragon's Breath area, these areas mostly offer cushy sand landings. Crash pad rentals may be available depending on the time of year.

For those with a bit more cash and time to burn, the hallowed Na Pali Coast offers unforgettable Deep Water Soloing experiences. You will need to either kayak for several miles, or charter a boat.

Those looking for a roped experience had better be ready for an epic. When climbing on untouched rock here, be prepared for holds to pop off without reason, as well as entire blocks to shift or detach. While some of the hanging gardens of rock you'll discover on your journey around the island may seem crag-worthy, they are often no more than loose mud conglomerate, have utterly impassible access issues, or are constantly soaked. Nevertheless, an epic adventure awaits those willing to endure the lessons of the island.

I have created a Facebook group for any interested in climbing on this island: Kauai Rock Climbers (Facebook)


I offer a cheap booklet-style guidebook for any interested. Approximately 8 full pages front and back with color photos and has over 50 bouldering problems and DWS routes. Not all the climbs are listed here on MP. If anyone has a climb they would like added to the book, would like to claim a First Ascent, or would like to purchase the book, please PM me here.

Getting There

The only airport on the island is in Lihue, near the south side. 


I have created a Facebook group for any interested in climbing on this island: Kauai Rock Climbers (Facebook)

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(Off-topic) Looking for climbing partners on Kauai over the next few months. Have plenty of experience with various types of climbing, comfortable with trad, multipitch, routefinding, etc. I left my rope and rack on the mainland though because I didn't think it would get any use. But if anyone has gear and wants to go the steep way up any of the island's rocky peaks, message me! Would also love to just meet up to boulder on the beach. Feb 1, 2016
Hey Fiona, hope you see this and are still on the island. I'll be in Kauai come mid May. Thinking about bringing my rope and gear but not quite sure yet. Definitely down to do some bouldering. Love to have a climbing bud. Mar 24, 2016
Lee S  
hey i just arrived to Kauai and also looking for climbing/bouldering partners. i know of a couple bouldering spots. i know there are a few bolted routes somewhere, but need to ask a friend where. are either of you still interested in meeting to find some spots? May 23, 2016
Aloha! I'm moving to kauai from maui, I will be there in June. Im originalally a climber from the pac nw.... Would love to connect!! May 25, 2016
Akron, OH
Gummy   Akron, OH
Anyone going to be in Kauai June 6, 2017- June 17, 2017? I am looking to put in some FA's on the rock OFF THE Na Pali Coast. Cheers! Nov 4, 2016
I'm currently in Kauai on the west side, Kekaha. Have been looking for reasonable quality rock to establish some routes. Although I have not found what I'm really looking for, I have found some possibilities. I will be on island till December 15th and the return again in February. If anyone is interested in climbing here and now please post. I have full kit and am ready to put up some routes. You must be experienced unless you just want to go bouldering. However, haven't seen any good bouldering, just route possibilities. Put up a quality 11c sport route here 15 years ago. Unfortunately, it is on private property and now the bolts are probably bad due to the salt air. Stainless or titanium glue-ins are the way to go. Next route will have these. Nov 17, 2016
Manoah Ainuu
Bozeman, MT
Manoah Ainuu   Bozeman, MT
Hey guys, any beta on good spots to climb? I'll be here (mostly north shore) for a week! Hit me up if you wanna climb! Dec 25, 2016
Chad Rauthe
Kalispell, MT
Chad Rauthe   Kalispell, MT
Should be in Kauai from April 1, 2017 thru April 8, 2017. Looking to get out and do some bouldering if someone is willing to show me around. If someone has gear to do some top rope or lead, I will bring my harness as well, let me know. Jan 15, 2017
Hey! I'm looking for some bouldering groups/tips for Kauai. I'll be on the island from March 22-April 4, and would really like to do some outdoor bouldering while I'm there. If anyone wants to climb or has any advice for me while I'm there, let me know! Mar 17, 2017
Visiting Kauai from may 30th to June 13th and looking for any climbers. I have experience bouldering and sport climbing, and hope to make use of my rope while I'm on the island! May 16, 2017
Hey gonna be here May 20-28th. I boulder around a V6 V7. V5 outdoors. Any takers? May 19, 2017
Hello! I'm going to be heading to kauai in the next couple of weeks and I was thinking of trying out the boulders that are available. I'm there for vacation so I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on traveling with a crash pad or if a pad is even necessary. Thanks! Dec 6, 2017
Hello, I am heading to Kauai in the second week of January. Are there any locals who are available who can share some beta. I mostly boulder, but I am proficient in sport and trad. Although, I will not be bringing my full rack, at the most a rope, harness, and some draws. Dec 7, 2017
Mark Ishmael
Lihue, HI
Mark Ishmael   Lihue, HI
I just moved to Kauai and am looking for people to climb with. All of my gear is still on the mainland, but I'll be having it sent out soon. Contact me if you want to go climbing. Jul 29, 2018
James Elric
James Elric   rockville
rolling in tonight. down to climb anything anywhere if any wants a spot or belay. Nov 7, 2018 · Temporary Report