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Hanalei Beach, Hanalei
(4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Hanalei Beach stretches along 3.2 km (2 mi) of sand on the island's northern shore. The largest beach on the island, four separate areas combine to form the bay: Waikoko beach, Wai'oli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Black Pot Beach Park. Coral reefs beckon people to both ends of the bay. While here, you can go swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, or boating. With waves up to 6 m (20 ft), the bay is also a great place for surfing. Camping is allowed on Black Pot Beach with a permit. See Hanalei Beach and all Hanalei has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hanalei travel itinerary maker.
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  • This beach has wonderful soft golden sand. It is a nice long crescent shaped beach where you can go on a nice stroll. Being on the north shore the waves were great for surfing, boogie boarding or just...  more »
  • The pier wasn't overcrowded, plus there was a good mix of locals and tourists. It was a wonderful spot to sit and watch the group surfing nearby and the more experienced surfers on the far outer wave....  more »
  • Iconic Bali Hai beach with pier and mountains in the background. Great place to swim and people watch. If you are in Kauai, it is a must see. Only negative? Too crowded! 
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  • Great stretch of beach. Easy access and ample parking.
  • Very private beach. Not many people which makes it nice. There is a lifeguard. The waves are good sized but crash very close to shore since there is a little sand drop off.
  • This is really Waioli Beach Park, named for Waioli Stream, which is the first stream to the west. It is life guarded and has a bathroom and showers. The surf will always be higher here than to the east, at the Hanalei Pavilion, so you will see a lot of surfers in the beach break when the surf is decent- a lot of little kids with great skills, kamikazes really. The big folks will walk down to the Waioli Stream to take off to surf Middles, which is out about a half mile, and features long rides- a big place for long boards.
  • I like the sand on this beach. It doesn't have lava rocks like some of the beaches I've been in. There's also a life guard just in case and a shower to wash up.
  • Nice beach, rainy side of the island. Water seemed a little muddy in the bay. Beautiful mountains surround the bay.