North Shore, Kauai
A beautiful beach at the very end of the road! Surrounded by Kaua’i mountains, Ke’e Beach is a must on your next trip.
Discover Ke’e Beach
Ke’e Beach, the beach at the end of the road, is surrounded by beauty. From mountain views, to crystal blue waters, it’s a little slice of paradise. This beach marks the start of the incredible Na Pali Coast. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon and end the day with a remarkable sunset.
Unlike other Kaua’i beaches, Ke’e Beach requires a reservation upon arrival. In order to enjoy the beach, you must reserve for all vehicles, walk-in entries, and shuttle riders who do not have a Hawai’i I.D. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance, and no later than the day before your visit. Beach reservations and parking are very limited; plan your trip accordingly. The beach is open from 7 a.m. to 7.p.m. and is lifeguarded.
A beautiful reef can be found at this beach, making it a perfect place to snorkel in the calm ocean waters. Explore Kauai’s sea life with tropical fish, hawaiian sea turtles, colorful coral, and more. Be cautious of dangerous currents that will take you down the west side and out to sea when snorkeling. The summer months are especially peaceful at Ke’e beach due the swimming pool-like waters.
Walk the beautiful stretch of sandy beach and soak in the breathtaking views. Ke’e Beach is one of the most popular sunsets spots as well. Heading to this beach just to watch the sunset is a must-see while on Kaua’i.
The beach also marks the beginning of the Kalalau Trail, where you can hike two miles into Hanakāpī‘ai Beach. Follow along the trail for another 9 miles to reach the infamous Kalalau Beach, but don’t forget your permit!
While on Kuhio Highway/ HI-route 56, drive west out of Hanalei town for about 8 miles. You will pass through multiple one-way roads and bridges, drive slowly and be alert. Continue past Tunnels Beach, located on your right. The road will wind along the coast then inland again, as you cross a small stream bridge you will see “Ha’ena State Park” sign on the right. Find the reservations booth on the right to show your parking and park permits to access the parking lot.
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