Carved into the base of a sheer cliff on one side, this North Shore beach is famous for its picturesque setting. Rain showers occur often on this part of the island—bring a water-resistant shell. Walk, play Frisbee, or build a sand castle, but swim only at the western-most curve of the bay, where waves may be calmer.

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Expert Review of Hanalei Bay

Beach Review of Hanalei Bay

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This full-facility beach and bay were deemed the cleanest in the U.S.
  • Swimming is feasible only in summer, when the surf is calm.
  • Winter winds keep Hanalei popular with surfers, and kite surfers and boogie boarders flock to the beach year-round.

Hwy. 560
Kauai, Hawaii

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-262-1400
Fax: 808-246-9235
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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