Psssst… you’re in Kauai.
After visiting Kauai one or two times people generally assume that they have seen all the worthwhile sites. Most likely they have hiked the Na Pali coast, ventured up Waimea Canyon, and gasped at Spouting Horn. The problem with this perception is that most worthwhile things are still worthwhile because they are still unknown by the general public. One of these destinations is Secret Beach and some the Secret Lava Pools nearby.
Secret Beach is located on the North side of Kauai near Kilauea. Just passed Kilauea heading west on Highway 56 there is a turn off called 1st Kalihiwai Rd. You will turn right onto 1st Kalihiwai Rd and then take your first right again onto a dirt road. There you can park the car and follow the trail 10-15 minutes to Secret Beach. The beach is best during the summer months when the surf is calm. It provides a secluded getaway and truly lives up to the name. In the summer it affords good snorkeling. The beach itself has been a little more noticed as of late, but close by is a destination that is truly unknown.
As you get to Secret Beach from the trail continue left until the sand comes to an end. There you will begin a small jaunt over the lava rock and a short distance will bring you to the most ideal bathing pools on the island. These natural pools of black rock are cut off from the ocean surf and allow you a calm dip without any distraction. Again, be sure to visit during the summer when the surf is low for a calm and rejuvenating experience. A small waterfall close by let’s you wash any salt water off before returning to the beach.