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Hanalei Beach, Hanalei

4.7
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hanalei Beach by using our Hanalei trip planning site.
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  • We have been at this beach a number of times over the years but this last Christmas and the 2018 storms have taken its toll. The road and parking lot have been improved but the beach is a bit rustic.....  more »
  • Was very excited to see this place everyone talks about but there must have been a storm because there was a LOT of branches/limbs on the beach. Fun place to get into the water.  more »
  • I first saw this beach 40 years ago and not it has a lot of buildings around where it was all open area but so is life. The beach is still wonderfula and great to be at. Brought back a lot of...  more »
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  • Whoever says this is the most beautiful beach in the world hasn't traveled anywhere, it's a long and beautiful beach alright but crowded, no natural shadow, and difficult parking so not that great in the end.
  • Sat on the beach all day Saturday. It was amazing.
  • Most beautiful beach in the world. About 2 miles long with a beautiful background of green mountains with flowing waterfalls. Great for kids in the summer. Good for learning how to surf in the inside. On the outside there is and epic surf spot, Hanalei Bay is amazing!
  • A great spot to chill on the beach. Don't expect to see "Puff the magic dragon" but it's a very nice spot to relax & enjoy the beauty on Northshore Kauai.
  • Awesome beach with a lifeguard and showers

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