Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay
4.5
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This crescent-shaped bay in Kauai is the largest bay on the north shore, with stunning views and gorgeous beaches. Start at Black Pot Beach and head towards Hanalei Pier—an unmistakable landmark jetty made famous by the classic film, South Pacific—before walking towards Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. Find a good spot along the bay to set down your towels—you can have a picnic, kayak, sunbathe, and even snorkel if the waters are calm (the waves can be rough during winter). Stay until sunset for exceptionally amazing views of Mount Makana in the distance. Hanalei Bay is a featured stop on many Kauai boat tours; some even help you to look for green sea turtles. – Tripadvisor
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  • reed622
    Central Saanich, Canada313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must see beach.
    Visited on our first full day. It is beautiful there. The mountains the jungle atmosphere and the quaint little town are all beautiful. The restaurants were very busy. The beach by the pier had a food truck. We went twice during our stay and found parking both times. Swimming is lovely and the views make it amazing . Don’t forget to stop at the scenic lookout on the left before you head down the hill.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois294 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice rest spot
    The bay makes a great beach, wrapping around a huge semicircle ringed by mountains. The wave action seemed good, but not huge when we were there, with a lot of surfers out trying it. The beach has a pier jutting out making a good spot to sit and watch the water and surfers.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
  • KevinL41872
    Nashua, New Hampshire554 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy in Hanalei
    Gorgeous ride to the bay and spectacular views all around. A protected area for yachts, surfing and generally family friendly area. The Pier is fun to walk and the kids who jump off into the clear waters below. A little too shallow for my liking jumping 20 feet down into 8-10 feet of water, but the laughter of people is pretty cool. Stumbled upon a food truck and just soaked in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
  • BrianMaryAdventures
    Fairbanks, Alaska360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    After our reservation to Hanea State Park was canceled we popped in here to check it out. The skies were overcast, but it was in the mid 70’s so jumping in the water felt great. Very sandy beach, which was great compared to some of the rockier ones we visited
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2024
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Andelena P
Hanalei, HI15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Heaven on earth is what I would called Hanalei Bay also, I call Hanalei Bay my second home! I think a visit here should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Written June 17, 2024
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Sally S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Kaui is a magical island. Don’t hesitate to go. We took the doors off helicopter ride and it was the highlight of our trip.
Written May 29, 2024
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BrianMaryAdventures
Fairbanks, AK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
After our reservation to Hanea State Park was canceled we popped in here to check it out. The skies were overcast, but it was in the mid 70’s so jumping in the water felt great. Very sandy beach, which was great compared to some of the rockier ones we visited
Written May 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lee G
Philadelphia, PA261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The views from the pier are beautiful but the water looked murky and when we checked it had a brown water advisory. We did not go in.
Restrooms are available
Written May 22, 2024
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dbrown46
Vienna, VA497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful bay. There are numerous beaches lining it which have parking and are accessible. The actual commercial town is very close so this is a good stop.
Written April 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KevinL41872
Nashua, NH554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous ride to the bay and spectacular views all around. A protected area for yachts, surfing and generally family friendly area. The Pier is fun to walk and the kids who jump off into the clear waters below. A little too shallow for my liking jumping 20 feet down into 8-10 feet of water, but the laughter of people is pretty cool. Stumbled upon a food truck and just soaked in the area.
Written March 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Timothy K
Chicago, IL294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The bay makes a great beach, wrapping around a huge semicircle ringed by mountains. The wave action seemed good, but not huge when we were there, with a lot of surfers out trying it. The beach has a pier jutting out making a good spot to sit and watch the water and surfers.
Written February 2, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

advcards
Reno, NV4,137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Take advantage of the overlooks and turn outs. Views are breathtaking definitely worth the drive. Recommended that you include in your trip
Written December 31, 2023
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Jason K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Favorite beach on Kaua'i...large, expansive, views for days and the water was pretty calm the times we went (Sept...usually rougher in the winter from what we heard)
Written September 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

reed622
Central Saanich, Canada313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Visited on our first full day. It is beautiful there. The mountains the jungle atmosphere and the quaint little town are all beautiful. The restaurants were very busy. The beach by the pier had a food truck. We went twice during our stay and found parking both times. Swimming is lovely and the views make it amazing . Don’t forget to stop at the scenic lookout on the left before you head down the hill.
Written September 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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