What's not to like about a turquoise, aqua, blue, body of water greeting a crescent shaped soft sand beach surrounded by 2000 ft. mountains of green laced with cascading waterfalls. If you're longing for a tropical paradise, this is it. Hanalei Bay Beach was our first beach stop on Kauai, and though an unusually strong trade wind churned the usually placid waters, we found this beach beautiful.
Shallow waters make for great boogie boarding and paddle surfing amid the ample scenery, as well as a great beach for swimming and splashing. Facilities include restrooms (not supplied with towels or dryers) changing rooms, outdoor rinse showers and parking (get there early the lot holds maybe 30 cars comfortably) and plenty of beach and grass area to spread out. Lifeguards are on watch, and are very helpful with regards to water conditions. The beach is very accessible to walking, lounging or imagining your in your own paradise.
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