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Tunnels Beach, Kauai

4.7
#3 of 31 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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  • Granted the weather was not the best when I was there but I think there are better beach on the Island. Sand is rough. Probably good if you are into snorkeling. Parking is though to find!
  • The hike to the beach and falls is slick and muddy after rain. The few beaches off the road are great family stop off spots. Seals just hanging around. Worth a drive out for sure! Even better if you dare hike.
  • 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
  • Not marked and hard to find if not paying attention but amazing beach on the North Shore.
  • Great snorkeling. Views from the sand are amazing.
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