Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay
4.5
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This crescent-shaped bay in Kauai is the largest bay on the north shore, with stunning views and gorgeous beaches. Start at Black Pot Beach and head towards Hanalei Pier—an unmistakable landmark jetty made famous by the classic film, South Pacific—before walking towards Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. Find a good spot along the bay to set down your towels—you can have a picnic, kayak, sunbathe, and even snorkel if the waters are calm (the waves can be rough during winter). Stay until sunset for exceptionally amazing views of Mount Makana in the distance. Hanalei Bay is a featured stop on many Kauai boat tours; some even help you to look for green sea turtles. – Tripadvisor
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  • reed622
    Central Saanich, Canada313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see beach.
    Visited on our first full day. It is beautiful there. The mountains the jungle atmosphere and the quaint little town are all beautiful. The restaurants were very busy. The beach by the pier had a food truck. We went twice during our stay and found parking both times. Swimming is lovely and the views make it amazing . Don’t forget to stop at the scenic lookout on the left before you head down the hill.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois294 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice rest spot
    The bay makes a great beach, wrapping around a huge semicircle ringed by mountains. The wave action seemed good, but not huge when we were there, with a lot of surfers out trying it. The beach has a pier jutting out making a good spot to sit and watch the water and surfers.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
  • KevinL41872
    Nashua, New Hampshire561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy in Hanalei
    Gorgeous ride to the bay and spectacular views all around. A protected area for yachts, surfing and generally family friendly area. The Pier is fun to walk and the kids who jump off into the clear waters below. A little too shallow for my liking jumping 20 feet down into 8-10 feet of water, but the laughter of people is pretty cool. Stumbled upon a food truck and just soaked in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
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gillofonslowst
Greater Sydney, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Kauai is billed as the quieter of the islands but really, you only experience that on the North Shore. The south is more touristy and frankly, not as pretty. Hanalei bay is protected from large buses by a skinny bridge over the river and that's the way locals prefer it.
The setting for a few scenes in ''The Descendants, Hanalei bay town is quaint, relaxing and fully stocked hamlet with a mountain backdrop to die for.
We stayed in Princeville, up the hill, which while the accommodation is first rate (not the Resort...didnt stay there) you miss out on the quiet beach exoerience of Hanalei. The drive from Hanalei west along the coast is just perfect.
Written February 11, 2020
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subterranean_jack
Phoenix523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is one of the best beaches in Hawaii. It's a really popular North Shore attraction, however, it's big enough so that you don't feel crowded by all the other visitors. If you only visit one beach in Hawaii, then this should be the one.
Written April 6, 2023
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA10,718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Really nice big beach on both side of the pier. We went here 2 evenings for sunset day an early morning to see the morning light on the mountains which was beautiful. Great family beach. Nice place for people of all ages can enjoy. Bathroom and outdoor showers. Lots of parking.
Written March 12, 2022
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RainSeattleMom
Issaquah, WA506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I've been to north shore Kauai a couple of times before, but this was my first time visiting in the winter. It was fun watching the surfers on the big waves. My husband and I spent a day on the beach, and were able to boogie board on the pier side of the bay. It was so much fun, and I couldn't believe how warm the water was in winter. Only surfers were allowed into the large wave areas due to riptides, but there was still good swimming and boarding for everyone else on the river side.
Written February 17, 2022
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JV2006
CA481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We had a great time here bodysurfing and swimming. As long as the waves aren't breaking too hard you can venture out pretty far but I wouldn't recommend going an further than anyone else. If you're lucky enough to get a parking spot in the lot like we did then it's a quick walk to the water. The water was crystal clear and just cool enough to be refreshing but warm enough to be able to stay in for hours.
Written September 1, 2022
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bitsmom_tn
Lewisburg, TN195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We took an air tour which is the best way to see Hanalei Bay (and see Puff) and also drove thru there. It was raining when we drove thru and the waves were really breaking, so the surfers were out big-time. The road is winding around thru there. We did not make it to the beach since it wasn't a beach day. Its pretty neat to see.
Written March 19, 2020
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zinear
Washington DC, DC267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I like this spot because, although it's crowded, it feels more like a local's spot than touristy (though I'm sure there are plenty of tourists there). Beyond that, though, the bay itself is beautiful, and you can see not just the ocean but mountains from it as well. In my most recent trip, we were there in the late afternoon and it was quite crowded but still enjoyable.
Written July 4, 2022
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john b
Valparaiso, IN836 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
First let me start by saying that this trip to Kauai as the BEST one ever because there were so few tourist.
The north shore is very laid back even when plenty of tourist.
After leaving party time in Maui we were so happy to be here.
There is public parking. Take any right turn after town ( going west) to the inner street and drive east west until you see the lot
In addition to the beach the town is wonderful. Lots of little shops ( most closed for covid and lack of tourist) and restaurants...most open with social dining distance.
Hanalei was close to us so we are there a lot. The bridge was "out" a few times due to much rainfall.
Written March 1, 2021
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Dave
Hubbardston, MA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
A scenic, peaceful beach that was not crowded and had calm waters for swimming. The bay is very scenic with mountains around, and Hanalei pier. Parking was good if you get there early and Pat's Taqueria food truck was near the pier. Beach was never crowded while we were there in late Sept, quiet calm water was great for swimming. A definite relaxing veach day !
Written October 8, 2021
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F S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I have seen Hanalei Bay by air and by land, and I still can't get enough of its beauty. I devoted two days to seeing Hanalei Bay, but that was not enough. I will make sure to schedule much more time to truly enjoy this magnificent site, as well as view more angles from the different roads, lookouts, and all parts of the beach and pier. Just beautiful!
Written December 5, 2021
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