North Shore, Kauai
A popular beach with absolutely breathtaking views. A beach that offers a variety of activites everyone will be able to enjoy. Make your way to Hanalei Bay for the perfect beach day.
Discover Hanalei Bay
One of Kauai’s most popular and beautiful beaches, Hanalei Bay is home to incredible scenery, soft sandy beaches, and a peaceful river. Make this a must-stop on your next visit to the Garden Island. Located in the quaint town of Hanalei on the North Shore of Kaua’i, making it the perfect location for a long beach day.
Hanalei Bay is one of the largest bays on Kauai and is made up of three beaches: Black Pot, Hanalei Pavilion, and Wai’oli Beaches. Since the bay is made up of a 2-mile sandy stretch, it makes for an excellent walking spot. You will often find residents and visitors taking a stroll along the beach, soaking in the amazing views.
During the summer months, Hanalei Bay is a great swimming spot. You will find glass-like waters and calm conditions. The winter months bring larger waves, making it a great spot for boogie boarding and surfing. If you’re a beginner surfer, the left of the pier is a great place to learn. You will also find more advanced surfers to the right of the pier. Be cautious and know your limits when entering the water on Kaua’i. There are lifeguards on this beach for safety and protection.
There are many activities to enjoy at Hanalei Bay. When the water is calm, paddleboarding is the perfect activity at Hanalei Bay. Paddle out in the ocean, or enjoy the river to the right of the pier. There is also a large, grassy area for picnics while enjoying the view. You will also find restrooms located near the parking lot.
Don’t miss out on the sunsets at this beach while you’re on the north shore! It’s one of the most photographed beaches on Kaua’i for a reason. The views alone make this beach worth the drive.
Drive north on Highway 56. After driving over the one-way bridge, you will reach Hanalei Town. Turn right Aku Road and follow Aku Road to the end. At the stop sign, make a right onto Weke Road. There are two parking lots for the beach, one you will find on the left, and the other lot is at the end of the road by the river entrance.
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