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Almost two miles of beach on Kauai's north shore.
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Took my kids here to introduce them to snorkeling. Almost flat conditions. Great place for them to learn. Saw a few fish. Saw crabs on the bottom. Parking is scarce.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Centre51
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a beautiful beach, but don't go for the snorkeling. The reef is long dead. There are some fish to see, but overall the snorkeling is now poor. The fact that you have to sit through a movie about protecting the reef is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here to check out the beach. The rain came pouring down but the surfers were out and going. Good spot to watch and enjoy.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank seetheworld010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hanalei is a town that I will keep going back to because I adore so much about it. From the beach, to the history, the stores, cafes, restaurants and friendly people.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank olgamariemsn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here many times and every time it is just as beautiful as before. The beach is very peaceful and clean with many very friendly people walking the beach or just visiting. Parking is limited but there always seems to be a spot....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 958kathleenc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you hit the weather right this is the best beach on the island. Great for long walks, watching surfers, or getting into the ocean. Sand is great and its pretty easy to access, you might want to get early to make sure you can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Strelly1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing beach with dramatic background views, and an area with variety of restaurants and shops. Lovely small town feel.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank miro666
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hanalei Bay is magnificent! It's huge, with room for a lot of surfers. (No swimmers when I was there due to incredibly rough seas) This beautiful bay gives those who dare to brace the ocean a chance to play. Restrooms were available, and lifeguards were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wanderingrev
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are not world travelers by any means, but on a trip to Kauai we fell in love with Hanalei and Hanalei Bay. We stayed at Princeville but took as many trips as we could down the road to Hanalei. We loved the small town...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank vortmax42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of Kauai’s best beaches. Excellent swimming, surfing, picnic spot and volley ball. However, even in paradise you find some glitches and this one is becoming largely overwhelmed with too many people and not enough oversight or upkeep. If the city of Hanalei...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Steve F
22 April 2018|
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Response from Haley L | Reviewed this property |
Not good for tourists to rent Airbnb or Brno in Hanalei or anywhere north. Or able to drive north of Hanalei too. Biz r open for tourists there. But some places flooded and molded out like dolphin I’d not eat at.
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Joanne024
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Response from Lance12399876 | Reviewed this property |
Not much of a beach to surf at, very shallow waves that crash on the beach in some places. The best part of the absolutely stunning scenery from the end of the Jetty. You can jump off the jetty into the beautiful clear water... More
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