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Hanalei Bay



Hanalei Bay
North Shore

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is nearly 3 miles long and set in one of the most picturesque locations in Hawaii with majestic mountains in the background. When the surfs just right it turns into Disney Land for water enthusiasts. Experienced surfers are offered large waves at a reef on the right hand side of the bay. 

It is the largest bay on Kauai and is bordered by a white sand beach 125 feet wide. The beach is located between Hanalei River to the east and Waipa River to the west. Three rivers, Hanalei, Waioli, and Waipa, cross the beach, mixing some stream-carried sediment into the beach sand at the east and west ends. Most of the beach, however, is clean, white sand. The ocean bottom slopes gently to overhead depths. Several shallow sandbars are located in the center of the beach. Large coral reefs are found only at the ends of the bay, Pu'u Poa Reef to the east and Waikoko Reef to the west. Some smaller patch reefs are found in the center of the bay.

Three beach parks are located on Hanalei Bay: Black Pot Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Wai'oli Beach Park. Each of them has restrooms, showers, and parking. Several public rights-of-way are also located along the bay. Black Pot Beach Park borders the mouth of the Hanalei River and is also the site of a public boat ramp and a 300-foot-long pier, the former Hanalei Landing.

Closer in, at the pier, the waves lose energy and are perfect for beginners. Variably sized waves are served at the middle sections good for body boarding and intermediate level surfers. Hanalei Bay is never crowded and offers plenty of room to play. Unfortunately the weather and surf don't always cooperate. Winter storms can bring chaotic ocean conditions, with run-off from rainfall sometimes dirtying the water. Storms and rainfall can also change the beach's sand by littering it with debris and rocks.
  • Black Pot Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is part of the Hanalei Bay and is packed with families every weekend. You will see tents and tarps setup for picnics, fires and BBQs. There is a grass lawn with shade for relaxing. You can rent surfboards and paddle boards. The mouth of the Han
    Black Pot Beach Park: Swimming, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Camping, Kayaking, Beach Strolls, Jogging, Sailing, Canoeing, Sunsets
    Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, BBQ Pits, No Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is in the heart of the Hanalei Bay, a famous 2-mile long crescent of white sand nestled beneath a beautiful range of mountains lined with waterfalls.
    Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion: Swimming, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, Beach Strolls, Jogging, Sailing, Canoeing
    Public Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Parking (Limited), Public Showers (Hot), Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion
  • Waikoko Beach

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is small and relativity hidden along the highway at the end of Hanalei Bay, can be the perfect spot in the summer for those looking for a tranquil place to sunbathe. Getting to the beach from the highway is a little tricky because you have to
    Waikoko Beach: Fishing, Picnics, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding
    No Restrooms, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
  • Waioli Beach Park

    North Shore Beach

    This beach is located at about the middle of the two mile long crescent-shaped bay of Hanalei Bay. Waioli Beach Park is is fronted by a large grass lawn and plenty of shady areas for relaxing in the white sand. The waves are often good for surfing along t
    Waioli Beach Park: Paddle Boarding, Sunbathing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Strolls, Volleyball
    Public Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, Lifeguard, No Lifeguard

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