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Hanalei Beach

Address: Transportation: Just past Tahiti Nui, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
Phone Number: 808-241-6670
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Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Hanalei
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Salt Lake City
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We spent two different days on the Hanalei Beach. It is so large that depending where you set up you can choose small to large waves. The area in the middle of the bay by the life guard tower had larger waves for body surfing and towards the pier the waves were smaller for children to play in. The beach... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Love this Island and especially this beach! Great mix of tourists and locals. Being blended makes it more social and realistic to see how life is in this beach paradise! So close to all amenities and when you are there, you will never want to leave!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I camped here while visting Kauai. What is really nice is that you are so close to Hanalei for dinner or anything you might need, but for $5 you can throw your tent down on the beach and listen to waves wash in. The showers here have a cover, but they are a far cry from a hot hotel shower... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

In the weeks we spent there the locals said there was epic surf and it surely looked like it. Can get crowded on the eastern end but just a short walk west is well worth the effort.

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Ellensburg, Washington, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a MUST see place for snorkeling. We swam with sea turtles! Also, a huge reef to explore. We were very happy to have this be our last beach visited while here. You don't want to miss this spot.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

People were surfing. I few were simply soaking up rays or walking along the shore. Waves were to large to snorkel

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very nice beach and very popular. It is beautiful, but tends to be a bit crowded. If you want to try paddle boarding (very fun, and a great but easy workout) or take surfing lessons, it is the go to place.

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This beach is great! If you want to just sit and watch the surf then this is the place. Be aware of your surroundings though. We saw two older people almost swept back into the water because they were sitting too close during heavy surf. By too close, I mean that they were probably 50 feet from the edge of... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Good beach for sun and surf. Day we visited was during the 40 ft surge and viewed huge waves and daring surfers. Could spend the day here.

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Ceres, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

True Kauai South Pacific views and pristine beach. Not for inexperienced swimmers, undertow but for walking and wading, splashing. Perfect. Beautiful river meets ocean walk, nice shade area. Calm and peaceful during our visit

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