Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hee Haw! Hike or Bike to Kauai's Donkey Beach

Not long ago, Donkey Beach on Kauai’s Coconut Coast was a surfers’ hangout and sometimes nudie beach reachable via a coastal pineapple road or an unmarked path down through the cane fields. Though still a quiet place to spend the day, the beach is now on the tourist map right off the new (2009) Kealia Coastal Bike Path, a paved route with several arty bridges that hugs the coast for several miles from Kapa’a Town, and only a mile or so from Kealia Beach. A signed trailhead with fancy paved parking lot makes Donkey a short trot (less than a mile round-trip) for hikers.

The waters are normally too rough for swimming, but surfers take on a choppy inshore break, as well as a right-slide off the bay’s south point. An unpaved trail continues to little-seen House Beach and then for several miles to Anahola. Be Aware: All Hawaiian beaches are public spots, so keep your pants on.

Complete walking and driving directions in the Kauai Trailblazer guide.