Glass Beach

NileGuide Expert Says:

A beach covered in beach glass, it's pretty cool.


Aka Ula
Kauai, Hawaii 96716


Sand exists here in two forms, as a grayish-black fine sand, and as a colorful top layer of broken beach glass. Glass beach is located near an old dump and over the years glass from bottles and old cars has accumulated here forming a sparkly layer of colorful glass. Compared to most beaches on Kaua'i, glass beach is rather small and isn't a beach for swimming or lazing about in the water. There is a small tide pool slightly to the right of the beach access and when the waves are small and the tide is low it creates a pool sufficient for dipping to cool off. Otherwise, it's a great place for strolling and beachcombing, and it's fun to experiment with the light for photos. The amount of glass depends on the tide and currents, but there's usually a pretty solid layer. Hawaiian monk seals are known to lounge at Glass Beach now and then, so if you see one remember to stay about 10 feet away and don't bother it.

Glass Beach is worth seeing and thanks to the easy access it can be a quick stop. To get here, turn left on Waialo Road heading west then left on Aka Ula. After passing a quick industrial area you'll be on a dirt road and take the first right. It leads right to the beach.

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