Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay
4.5
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This crescent-shaped bay in Kauai is the largest bay on the north shore, with stunning views and gorgeous beaches. Start at Black Pot Beach and head towards Hanalei Pier—an unmistakable landmark jetty made famous by the classic film, South Pacific—before walking towards Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. Find a good spot along the bay to set down your towels—you can have a picnic, kayak, sunbathe, and even snorkel if the waters are calm (the waves can be rough during winter). Stay until sunset for exceptionally amazing views of Mount Makana in the distance. Hanalei Bay is a featured stop on many Kauai boat tours; some even help you to look for green sea turtles. – Tripadvisor
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  • reed622
    Central Saanich, Canada302 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see beach.
    Visited on our first full day. It is beautiful there. The mountains the jungle atmosphere and the quaint little town are all beautiful. The restaurants were very busy. The beach by the pier had a food truck. We went twice during our stay and found parking both times. Swimming is lovely and the views make it amazing . Don’t forget to stop at the scenic lookout on the left before you head down the hill.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois303 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice rest spot
    The bay makes a great beach, wrapping around a huge semicircle ringed by mountains. The wave action seemed good, but not huge when we were there, with a lot of surfers out trying it. The beach has a pier jutting out making a good spot to sit and watch the water and surfers.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • KevinL41872
    Nashua, New Hampshire488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy in Hanalei
    Gorgeous ride to the bay and spectacular views all around. A protected area for yachts, surfing and generally family friendly area. The Pier is fun to walk and the kids who jump off into the clear waters below. A little too shallow for my liking jumping 20 feet down into 8-10 feet of water, but the laughter of people is pretty cool. Stumbled upon a food truck and just soaked in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
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KevinL41872
Nashua, NH488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous ride to the bay and spectacular views all around. A protected area for yachts, surfing and generally family friendly area. The Pier is fun to walk and the kids who jump off into the clear waters below. A little too shallow for my liking jumping 20 feet down into 8-10 feet of water, but the laughter of people is pretty cool. Stumbled upon a food truck and just soaked in the area.
Written 3 March 2024
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The bay makes a great beach, wrapping around a huge semicircle ringed by mountains. The wave action seemed good, but not huge when we were there, with a lot of surfers out trying it. The beach has a pier jutting out making a good spot to sit and watch the water and surfers.
Written 2 February 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Take advantage of the overlooks and turn outs. Views are breathtaking definitely worth the drive. Recommended that you include in your trip
Written 31 December 2023
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Jason K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Favorite beach on Kaua'i...large, expansive, views for days and the water was pretty calm the times we went (Sept...usually rougher in the winter from what we heard)
Written 26 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

reed622
Central Saanich, Canada302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited on our first full day. It is beautiful there. The mountains the jungle atmosphere and the quaint little town are all beautiful. The restaurants were very busy. The beach by the pier had a food truck. We went twice during our stay and found parking both times. Swimming is lovely and the views make it amazing . Don’t forget to stop at the scenic lookout on the left before you head down the hill.
Written 13 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

McWilligers
Irvine, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing Beach! Great for surfing. Lots of tourists, and shops close to the shore. Amazing views and beautiful mountains!
Written 17 August 2023
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Gary W
Lake Stevens, WA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We loved everything about Hanalei. The beach was awesome, the sights amazing and the water beautiful and warm! We had a great time and can’t wait to go back!
Written 17 August 2023
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Ricki C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Hanalei Bay is breathtaking! It is a must see while on Kauai! If you want to swim then do check the wind forecast before going. The waves can get huge, but is usually calm.
Written 30 July 2023
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LivinglifeinPA
Allentown, PA900 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We were honestly disappointed when we finally got to this beach........there had been so much hype & fanfare about it. Yes, it was nice, but other beaches that we saw throughout our time in Kauai were just as nice.......or even better, we thought.

The town of Hanalei was busy, for sure! People walking and sitting everywhere!!!!!!
We made a quick stop at a shop for T-shirt souvenirs and then left this crazy-busy place.
Written 2 July 2023
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Cheryl H
Kansas19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Just ok compared to other water views and beaches. Was busy crowded and not so clean only porta potties.
Written 9 June 2023
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