Hanalei Beach stretches along 3.2 km (2 mi) of sand on the island's northern shore. The largest beach on the island, four separate areas combine to form the bay: Waikoko beach, Wai'oli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Black Pot Beach Park. Coral reefs beckon people to both ends of the bay. While here, you can go swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, or boating. With waves up to 6 m (20 ft), the bay is also a great place for surfing. Camping is allowed on Black Pot Beach with a permit. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hanalei Beach by using our Hanalei trip planning site.
Hanalei Beach reviews
One of the best places for a great beach day while on Kauai! Right now it takes some effort and patience to get there due to road damage from a landslide. Plan in advance for timing of your road... more »
What a view! What a beach! Absolutely gorgeous environment and a great place to read a book, boogie board, or just stare at the landscape. more »
Whoever says this is the most beautiful beach in the world hasn't traveled anywhere, it's a long and beautiful beach alright but crowded, no natural shadow, and difficult parking so not that great in the end.
Sat on the beach all day Saturday. It was amazing.
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