In a nutshell: Tavares Beach is a medium sized crescent shaped sandy white beach with easy access and ample parking.
Minuses: Crowded on weekends and holidays. Some rocks in water. Occasionally swells bring massive influx of seaweed.
Sound-bite: “Blink and you’ll miss it.”
Tavares Beach is a medium sized crescent shaped sandy white beach in the area adjacent to Paia known as Kuau. Easy access and ample parking. Good for swimming, snorkeling, spear fishing, rock jumping, surfing and windsurfing. Off the radar for tourists, it is usually uncrowded during the week. Tavares is a favorite among locals so weekends and holidays are crowded – best to go during the week.
Even though it is located right next to the road, if you were to blink, you’d miss it. 1/2 mile past the Paia traffic light, Tavares Beach is unmarked (besides a generic “Beach Access” sign in the vicinity.) Not listed in most guidebooks, most visitors pass by Tavares unnoticed. The beach is frequently called “Blue Tile House Beach” by newcomers – this name is convenient for those not familiar with the area as there is a landmark beach house right next to the parking lot which sports a stand-out glazed ceramic blue tile roof.
On the beach, you’ll notice there is a reef here close to shore, which keeps the break minimal at the shoreline. There is also a nice surf break further out that can provide anywhere from beginner to advanced surfing and windsurfing depending on the swell. (Note: all North Shore breaks can get extreme in the winter.) This beach also features a rocky outcropping to the right (east) side of the beach that was perfectly situated for jumping over a deeper, wave protected area – however, as of winter 2011 this area has filled in with rock fallen from above, and is now much shallower.
There can be a lot of seaweed at certain times of the year, and there are different amounts of exposed boulders in the water at different times of year. Neither are a big deal if you pay attention.
Video: Ocean Kayak POV
Location: Hana Hwy (Hwy 36), 1/2 Mile Past Paia.
GPS Coordinates: 20.922,-156.373901
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