If you find yourself on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, be sure to check out Glass Beach in Eleele. Because it’s surrounded by an industrial area, it’s not considered the most beautiful beach in Hawaii. Nonetheless, you’ll be sure to find sea glass.
The locals will tell you that Glass Beach has been picked over for years, so the sea glass is not as plentiful. Many also say that most of the sea glass pieces are ordinary tiny white and brown shards. While this is true, it’s still possible to find some rare sea glass.
In June 2014, my husband and I went to Glass Beach on Kauai. We saw plenty of patchy areas of small brown and white shards, but we also found some nice jelly bean shaped blue shards, a sea foam bottle top shard, and one small yellow shard.
Glass Beach History
Like most sea glass beaches, Glass Beach in Kauai was used for many years as a dump site because when people threw their trash into the ocean, the water and waves tossed and turned and broke down the waste. The glass, however, broke down into frosty sea glass. Eventually, the waves brought the glass back onto shore.
It takes approximately 10 to 30 years or more for the ocean to transform glass into frosty and opaque gems called sea glass.
Directions and Map to Glass Beach in Kauai
It’s easy to get to Glass Beach in Kauai. Head towards Port Allen. Take Waialo Road and turn left onto Aka Ula Road. Drive on Aka Ula Road until the pavement stops. Park on the dirt road and head on the path towards the beach. It takes about one minute or two to walk to the beach.
Glass Beach Tips
- Be sure to check tide times for Eleele, Hawaii and go to Glass Beach one to two hours before low tide. When the tide is going out, more sand and sea glass are exposed.
- Bring essentials like drinking water and snacks. Glass Beach is pretty much off the beaten path, so there are no restaurants, lifeguards, or restroom facilities.
- Wear sturdy beach shoes or booties, especially if you want to climb over some of the rocks on the left side of the beach to look for sea glass.