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Tunnels Beach

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #17 of 169 Attractions in Kauai
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
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Owner description: A beach in the northern part of Kauai.
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389 reviews 389 reviews
169 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I had read that Tunnels beach was the best snorkel spot on the island. I had also read that in teh winter the waves could be too rough to snorkel in. We were there at the beginning of October and figured it was fall and we would be fine to snorkel, unfortunately the waves were too rough and the life... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

All the "natives" just park along the side of the road and walk a few yards to the beach. This is just the same, but on a larger scale. We loved the views, the beach, and the convenience.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Tunnels is a fantastic place to swim, snorkel and relax on a unspoiled beautiful beach. Take a snack and water along and enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We visited Tunnels Beach for an afternoon in late October - several days after Tropical storm Ana had passed and missed Kauai. We used a small lane parking (as recommended in one of the guide books). Next time we'll use the parking @ Ka'ene beach next door, as it's so close. It was a spectacular day (sunny with small puffy... More

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San Jose, CA
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8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I've snorkeled several times at Poipu and once here. No contest, Tunnels is the best snorkeling spot on the island. Stay about 20 feet near shore, distance can be misleading when you are out in the ocean. Don't go out, it's not worth it. Take it from an avid snorkeler who pushed herself to the outer reef, got stuck in... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Tunnels Beach is really beautiful but we didn't snorkel much there. We were there October 1st and 2nd and maybe we just had bad luck but the first day there were like 10 signs saying that you shouldn't go swimming and that there was a strong current. The 2nd day there only was a sign about a strong current so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Definitely depends on ocean conditions this was my favorite spot when I visited in late Oct'2011! Visited twice Oct 3-9 & was unable to snorkel!!! So disappointed:( Ocean conditions this trip were completely different, saw lots of people snorkeling on east coast!

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Jupiter, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We tried snorkeling in early October and it was very rough, strong undertow and murky. We did see some near fish, trigger unicorn. Damsel but it wasn't worth the fight. Also make sure you have fins. We were told by friends that you didn't need them but honestly it would have helped tremendously. Again maybe in the summer I would... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The beach is fantastic!! Lots of clean white sand and few people. We had big swells and waves the day we were there, so the water was pretty murky, but overall the swimming and snorkeling was OK. Still ,it is a beautiful beach and worth the drive out.

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My wife and I went here to snorkel. We had heard good things about this place. We were disappointed as soon as we got in the water. Visibility was poor and most the corals were dead. Didn't even see that many fish there. It required a bit of a hike from Haena Beach to reach this spot and it was... More

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