Amenities: Restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables, volleyball nets, and trash and recycle bins.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Directions & Parking: Drive north on Highway 56 (Kuhio Highway) until it becomes Highway 560. Pass Hanalei Town, and drive one half mile until you reach Mahimahi Road. Take a right onto Mahimahi, a left onto Weke, and a right onto He’e, where you will discover a large dirt parking lot. If that lot is full, there are two more – each a block north. One is down Ama’ama Road, and the next is down Anae Road. Once you park, it’s just a few steps to the sand of Hanalei Bay. Are you excited? (Incidentally, marine life “paves” your way to Hanalei: mahimahi is the dolphin or dorado fish, weke is the goatfish, and he’e is the octopus! Cool, right? I think so.)
Hanalei Bay Rating by Boss Frog's
Ease of Beach Access - 10/10
Sandy Beach For Entertaining - 10/10
If you could visit only one beautiful place in your entire beautiful life, you would be satisfied with Hanalei Bay! Sitting pretty for two miles along Kauai's north shore, this site is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. With dragon-shaped mountains and the Waioli Stream to the north, miles of crystal clear salt water before you, and tiny sailboats gliding south to the pier, Hanalei Bay remains in your memory long after your feet leave the sand. The water here can be lovely for swimming, but not snorkeling. (The sandy bottom hosts little reef.) Family friendly, this beach has most of the facilities you'll need for the day, including volleyball nets! Bring lunch, water, and a beach umbrella. In the winter, the surf goes off at Hanalei, so swimming is unsafe. Always talk with Hanalei's lifeguards before you go into the water. To check the day's ocean conditions before you start driving, surf to kauaiexplorer.com.
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If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-808-270-0883.