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Hanalei Beach

Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Large Beautiful Beach Which Seems To Be a Centerpiece of This Area

There is plenty to do on this large beach, it appears to be at a couple of miles long. It has a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gorgeous beach

Beautiful scenic beach on Kauai, but go early as the parking lot gets full early on. The waves are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
New York City, New York
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“boogie boarding” (50 reviews)
“soft sand” (25 reviews)
“body surfing” (20 reviews)
Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is plenty to do on this large beach, it appears to be at a couple of miles long. It has a beautiful pier that jets out into the river. It is a pleasant walk and had a real nice breeze. They have some beautiful...More

Thank sabers86
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful scenic beach on Kauai, but go early as the parking lot gets full early on. The waves are kind of rough, so not a great place for swimming.

Thank adc478
Reviewed 6 days ago

Was a wonderful spot to stop and relax. Nice jetty to walk out on. Lots of surfers and paddleboarders. Waves were pretty good. Worth the visit.

Thank Angelina K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hanalei beach is awesome. Lots of swimmers and surfers. Walking along the Hanalei pier is relaxing and you get to see many surfers up close. Mountains of Napali cost in the backdrop really adds to the ambiance.

Thank asiana747
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even in an overcast day, this place is hopping. Cars are parked right on the beach, kids are learning to surf, colourful umbrellas line the beach. Take a walk on the pier to get a great view of the beach. There’s a nice grassy area...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to relax and recharge. Walking the pier gets one a good view of the surfers and opportunities to meet some friendly dogs. Bring a picnic and park right on the beach...

Thank Sensei-01913
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this bay. The kids loved trying to surf and boogie boarding. Do swim out with fins since the currants can be strong and stay to the left of the pier. We also got to watch a surf competion and giant waves on the...More

Thank christi400
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this beach by accident and really enjoyed the few hours of the sun and beach. A little rough but not dangerous.

Thank GARY W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is beautiful no matter what the weather. You can walk quite a ways with stunning views. Be careful swimming as there are undertows. Easy to see why Descendants was filmed here.

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starting north of the Hanalei Pier at the Hanalei River you can walk the majority of their crescent shaped beach for about a 4 mile round trip. You’ll pass the House featured in the George Clooney movie The Descendants, and Julia Roberts recently sold house...More

Thank Jteal56
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11 October 2017|
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Response from sriley1941 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is an old pier, but very picturesque.
19 January 2017|
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Response from beachmiker | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend the St. Regis or the best, Happy Talk Lounge at the Hanna Bay Resort.
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2 January 2017|
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Response from Natalya A | Reviewed this property |
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