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Hanalei Beach, Hanalei

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#2 of 36 in Beaches in Kauai
Beach · Nature / Park
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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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  • Clear and calm when we were there. Great sandy beach with parking in neighborhood lots. Some grassy shaded areas were we ate and then enjoyed the water. Not much for snorkeling to see here but great.....  more
    Clear and calm when we were there. Great sandy beach with parking in neighborhood lots. Some grassy shaded areas were we ate and then enjoyed the water. Not much for snorkeling to see here but great.....  more »
  • Great beach to relax and enjoy the water. We got there at a perfect time and the swell was minimal but it did pick up after awhile and the waves we crashing pretty consistently. 
    Great beach to relax and enjoy the water. We got there at a perfect time and the swell was minimal but it did pick up after awhile and the waves we crashing pretty consistently.  more »
  • Beautiful and pristine. Not overly crowded, gorgeous view of the mountains and the clouds rolling in. 
    Beautiful and pristine. Not overly crowded, gorgeous view of the mountains and the clouds rolling in.  more »
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  • This is a huge breach! Sand was powder soft and the waves are a little bigger but still enjoyable even for a beginner swimmer
  • Beautiful, safe, peaceful and family-friendly beach. The waves are small and it is very clean. Parking is close and never had any problems finding a spot. The bathrooms are clean and the outdoor showers were available without a long
  • Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches I ever seen. I've been very fortunate to have traveled to many beach locations and the view from the bay is fantastic!! Bring an umbrella or canopy because there are no shaded areas anywhere. The water is calm so it's a great place to swim or snorkel.
  • Awesome beach. Beautiful scenery all around it. Kids loved it and so did I. The drive to the beach coming from Lihue is beautiful.
  • What a magical beach, perfect anytime. Great for a morning run, relaxing at sunset or learning to surf. Mostly protected from any major swells, and in spots there are lifeguards on duty. 🤙🤙🤙

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