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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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  • We stayed over in Kapa'a but explored the entire island. Hanalei town was really cool & we can understand why it was premium pricing for lodging up there. This beach had the coolest vibe. A very local...  more »
  • My husband and I drove up from Coconut Beach which is about 1 hours drive, it was a lovely drive, maybe helped by the Yellow Mustang soft top we hired. Our daughter and her family were staying up thei...  more »
  • I think this was my favourite beach on Kauai; it's such a large bay, that there are wavy, and non-wavy spots, so there was low surf for the beginners, higher surf for the more advanced, and places for...  more »
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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.