Hanalei Bay – One of the Best Beaches in America

One of the most spectacular Kauai beaches is Hanalei Bay with its iconic view of Bali Hai. This sweeping two mile crescent-shaped bay fronting our Hanalei rentals has captured the imagination of both locals and tourists alike as the perfect swimming spot, a favorite surfing location and an amazing ocean playground. It has also been a popular Hollywood movie location and featured in South Pacific and The Descendants.

With many Kauai vacation rentals along the bay, Hanalei provides one of the best vacation experiences. It’s a gorgeous place to fulfill all your water sport dreams with the lush tropical green majestic mountains as the back drop for a picture perfect day on the beach. After your visit, you will understand why Hanalei Bay is often picked as one of the best beaches in America.

Black Pot, Hanalei Pavilion and Wai’oli are the three Kauai beach parks within the bay.

Hanalei is easily the largest bay on the Garden Isle of Kauai, set between two large rivers – Hanalei River to the east and Wai’oli River to the west. The largest of the two rivers, the Hanalei River, also serves as a popular venue for recreational paddling, kayaking and fishing.

The summer season generally provides flat water for easy access swimming, sailing, paddling, while the winter season brings larger swells with high surf for those surf enthusiasts. For ocean safety, there are several lifeguard stations posted around the bay and it is always a smart idea to check with the local lifeguard on duty as to the current conditions of the day. Our state motto “When in doubt, don’t go out.”

Kauai Beach Tips at Hanalei.

Swim along the shore between the pier to the first lifeguard for a fantastic workout. For surfing, the best is on the east side of the bay. Beginners should try the middle of the bay during summer when the surf is smaller and gentler. The two mile stretch of white sandy beach is perfect for a walk during Kauai sunset…..what a wonderful way to end the day in paradise! Check out our Hanalei Collection and nearby Princeville Resort for the best selection of vacation rentals available.

Bookmark our Kauai Beach Explorer to stay current on Kauai beaches and facilities. Watch our Kauai video with important ocean safety information. It’s six minutes of your time that can save your life or that of a loved one.


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Donna Casteen June 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

Hi I am looking for a place to stay at Kaui for two adults from July 16-19. Do you have anything? Thanks


JP June 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Aloha Donna,

Thank you for your inquiry for availability on accommodations on our beautiful North shore of Kauai. Hanalei Bay Resort is a great choice located in Princeville on one of the best locations on Kauai’s lush North Shore fronting the white sands of Hanalei Bay with amazing views of tropical sunsets, lush green mountains and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

We have unit 4206 available for your consideration. It is a deluxe interior ocean view hotel suite, king in the master bedroom, central air-condition with a private lanai overlooking the beautiful Hanalei Bay. The nightly rate is $150.00 per night. The total for 3 nights would be approximately $670 for 3 nights. Note, there is also a Hanalei Bay Resort Fee of $15 per night plus tax charged at check-in.

It would our pleasure to assist you with any questions and/or review some other options as well. Please feel free to call our toll free number at 1-800-325-5701 or email stay@parrishkauai.com. We look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to welcome you to beautiful Kauai.

With aloha,



Tamara Brown December 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Our dates are flexible but we are looking to stay end of April through May for 9-10 nights hopefully in Hanalei Bay. We would prefer beachfront. Do you have anything available?


Belinda December 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Aloha Tamara,

Thank you for visiting us. For your dates, I do have a beautiful 3 bedroom beachfront home on the famous Weke Road fronting Hanalei Bay! Paniolo Cottage for $1000 per night plus taxes and fees. Another option is Hale Okale, just one street off of Weke Road and a very short walk to both Hanalei Beach and Hanalei town. This is only $335.00 per night plus taxtes and fees. We do have other available options that are not in Hanalei, but very nearby Princeville as well. Lots of options, so give us a call to discuss and we’ll find the perfect one for you!

Mahalo nui loa, Belinda


Julie Bartolotta August 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

Looking to stay aug 16-20 2013. Do you have anything available. 2 adults


Cynthia August 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

Aloha Julie,

I am pleased to say we have Hanalei Bay Resort 4206 available for your dates. This is a beautiful ocean view air-condition hotel suite overlooking Hanalei Bay with brand new carpeting throughout. The rate is $125.00 per night plus taxes and fees for a total of $717.08 for four nights. It would be my pleasure to assist you with your reservation or any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Mahalo, Cynthia


JP August 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

Aloha Julie…I see you booked with us. Mahalo. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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