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Tunnels Beach, Kauai

(4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to Tunnels Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Wainiha using our Wainiha itinerary maker.
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  • This is an unspoiled beach; hard to find; a hidden gem!. Beautiful, crescent shaped sandy beach fringes a stunning mountain backdrop. There is incredible snorkeling when the ocean conditions allow. Th...  more »
  • This is a long, beautiful beach with good snorkeling and stunning views of the NaPali cliffs. There are signs warning people that the currents here are strong, so use caution. Monk seals were sleeping...  more »
  • You have to walk down to the area sheltered from the waves by the off shore reef and there is still significant currents but the snorkeling is awesome! Navigating in and around the close to shore reef...  more »
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  • Probably the best beach kn Kauai for snorkeling. Accordingly very crowded, but the first and only time i have been there i saw rwo turtles straight away.
  • Amazing place, parking is extremely difficult for two reasons. First, it's difficult to find a spot and second because it's a narrow street.
  • Very near to the beach. But only 10 free lots. Be early or good luck.
  • There is on small side road that you cab fit maybe 6 cars. The other supposed road to park on is private, but folks don;t care. I wish people would act like it was the neighborhood they live in instead of have no respect.
  • Be careful not to tred on people's private property. Be respectful, and courteous, and everything will be fine. There is only limited parking, so arrive early. Don't park illegally, you will be ticketed. With all that said... This is a must see location. Beautiful beach, nice views. Do NOT stand on the coral, but swim around it.