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Tunnels Beach, Kauai

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#3 of 26 in Beaches in Kauai
Views of canyons and lush green maquis sculpt the backdrop at Tunnels Beach. The crescent-shaped beach and its large reef provide an excellent spot for diving and snorkeling, as the reef creates a barrier from the strong currents arriving from the north shore. Admire the jagged canyons and deep valleys eroded over time due to heavy rainfall. The volcanic formation of the island, visible through the underwater caverns formed from lava tubes, makes the beach an ideal snorkeling spot. Surfers can also benefit from the impressive waves beyond the reef. Try scuba diving and explore the inner and outer coral reefs, home to immense marine life, including sea turtles. Plan your Tunnels Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hanalei using our Hanalei tour itinerary planner.
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  • This is one of the most famous beaches in Kauai, and for good reason. On a sunny day, you get some pretty remarkable views and photos, which I loved, and strolling along the wet sand is terrific, too....  more »
  • You just can't beat this beautiful beach with the mountains in the background! Breathtaking!! And such a fun place to snorkel with reefs close to shore. Tide was rather angry the day we were there so ...  more »
  • As others have said, get there early to park. Beautiful beach, great snorkeling and swimming. Of course can be dangerous depending on the ocean and weather. Butbis gorgeous and worth at least a four h...  more »
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  • What a great place! Must stop to see the cave next to the parking area. Parking was packed but after trying for several mins we got a great spot. Like expected the views are amazing and since the beach is super big you don't feel you are at a packed beach. Highly recommended
  • Great snorkeling. Views from the sand are amazing.
  • Beautiful place. For snorkeling in the winter - the current is difficult to manage unless you have flippers and are a strong swimmer. If you aren't - try anini beach. We did see a turtle and enjoyed boggie boarding too.
  • Best spot on the island for snorkeling if you want to be up close and personal with sea turtles. Lots of fish as well! Nice beach and parking wasn't too bad. When I went there was also a monk seal on the beach so keep an eye out and don't get close to them they are very endangered. There are also bathrooms and showers here. Only downside is not much shade so bring an umbrella and lots of sunscreen!
  • High visibility, amazing variety of fish! A little more crowded now than it was 15 years ago, but still accessible especially early in the morning. Best snorkeling on the island.

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