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"Secret" Beach (Kauapea) 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Dragon's Breath 0 / 0 / 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Glass Beach, Kauai 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Haena State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Honeymooners Hole 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Kahili Beach (Rock Quarry) 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Kalalea Mountain, Kauai 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Kalihiwai Beach 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Kealia Beach Bike Path Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Lumaha'i Beach 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Makaleha Mountains 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Makauwahi Cave 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
On Stranger Tides 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Wailua River 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 4,672 ft
GPS: 22.077, -159.523 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Will Wright on Jul 23, 2014
Admins: 20 kN
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Description [Edit]

Kauai::The Garden Isle. Welcome to paradise...unless you're rock climbing.

With the unremitting rain, lack of exposed rock, and world class surfing around, it's a wonder that anyone would think of climbing here.

For the diehard rock fiend, the majority of the quality 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. With the ambient sounds of the ocean around as you climb, I think you'll find that it was worthwhile to bring the shoes and chalk.

Those looking for a roped experience had better be ready for an epic. While some of the hanging gardens of rock you'll discover on your circumambulation along Kuhio Hwy seem crag-worthy, they are often no more than loose mud conglomerate, or have utterly impassible access issues, or are constantly soaked. Nevertheless, a grand adventure awaits those willing to embrace the elements.

Getting There [Edit]

The only airport on the island is in Lihue, on the south side. You'll take Kuhio Hwy (Hwy 54) to access the island.

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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
Gummy
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

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