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Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure if we came on a good day, but we did walk through some of the beach after our Sunday church service. There are various parking areas along the road way near the beach. The ones we could see clearly were literally full of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PeterB8343
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very scenic bay with good waves for surfing. Hear there are some water quality issues due to cesspools. This is a shame, since there are very expensive homes along the beach. Also saw some homes damaged from last April’s floods and road past the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a pleasant stroll along the beach on a day when the weather seemed to keep changing. Parking was quite easy though one assumes that at the weekend it could be challenging.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DavidG897
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Near Princeville, Hanalei Beach is just lovely. You can swim, snorkle and lay out on this private area with scenery to die for. Nearby is a shopping center and eateries.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mary B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a couple hours at this beach and walked from one end to another. The mountain backdrop is dramatic. One of the most interesting points was the saddest. We saw two ocean front homes that collapsed after a record rainfall of I believe 49...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Many people in the water, so in we went. Well these were the roughest waves we’ve experienced, but so so much fun. We came back 2 days later and the waves were bigger, and no one was swimming, so we decided the best thing to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank K1512XXpeteb
Reviewed 8 November 2018

The water is pretty shallow in the cove and the waves are mostly gentle, although I would not turn my back on the ocean.....ever. The beach was clean and if you don’t have an umbrella,there is shade there. Restrooms were clean with flushing toilets. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 7 November 2018

I loved this beach, it had a gorgeous view of the cliffs while enjoy the sand and sounds of the waves. A great easy place for kids to play in the water without worry. The drive to hanalei was spectacular and just breathtaking.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lbstravelfun
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Just to be clear as of now this is as far north that you can travel due to spring flooding in Hanalei, Haena and Kee beach. Haena and Kee are still closed and damaged homes are still visible at Hanalei near pier. That said, Hanalei...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nick B
Reviewed 5 November 2018

This was my second trip to Hanalei, but first to this beach, having stayed the first time within the confines of our resort. It was well worth the drive from where we were staying in Lihue, however, and I would urge you to make sure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Nick B | Reviewed this property |
There are several restaurants and places to eat inside the town business area of Hanalei, which is a couple blocks walk from the beach. We packed a lunch and ate under covered pier at East end of Hanalei Bay. There are... More
20 November 2018|
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Response from Cheryl B | Reviewed this property |
The times of the tides are available in the several board rental shops on the Main Street. When we were there mid-September the waves were very gentle. Good for paddle boarding but not surfing.
11 April 2018|
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Response from twinmommaAlberta | Reviewed this property |
Just a few blocks. 5- 10 min max