Set around Hanalei Bay, this is one of the largest beaches on Kauai’s north shore at almost two miles long. Surrounded by a stunning backdrop of emerald-green mountains and tumbling waterfalls this is an idyllic tropical location. The combination of the deep blue ocean and the rich green mountains, separated by a crescent of white sand is quite breathtaking.
When it is calm in the summer months, the ocean feels like a giant swimming pool. If you’re lucky you may even see a pod of playful dolphins in the bay. This is the time for relaxing and just chilling out on the beach, things get more serious when the winter swells arrive.
Hanalei Bay is well known for its surfing and this is where the Irons brothers learnt their craft with Andy going onto become world champion three times. The waves here draw people from all over the world and they can get pretty chunky. Many people come just to watch the surf as well, as waves can break up to 20 feet at “Pinetrees” in the center of the bay.
Hanalei Bay is set between two large rivers and is actually made up of four smaller beaches; Waikoko Beach, Wai’oli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park and Black Pot Beach, from west to east. At either end are coral reefs that are ideal for snorkeling. You can also go kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating on the beach and on the river.
From the beach are some amazing views, including the view of Bali Hai in the distance. A great place to take in this sight is from the historic Hanalei Pier. Built in the late 1800s it was originally designed to load sugar and goods to ships. This beach has been the setting in Hollywood movies because it is truly a place of beauty.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Good fishing
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