A two mile crescent-shaped white sand beach, Hanalei Bay is one of Kauai’s most spectacular beaches. Once you experience what the bay has to offer, it is not hard to understand why it was selected America’s number one beach in 2009, based on its water quality and temperature, cleanliness, weather, sand, safety and access to restrooms, showers and parking.With many spectacular Kauai Vacation Rentals and other homes fronting the bay, Hanalei provides one of the best vacation experiences. It has captured both locals and tourists alike as the perfect swimming spot, a favorite surfing location and an amazing ocean playground. It’s just simply 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.
Black Pot, Hanalei Pavilion and Wai’oli are the three 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”.
The two mile stretch of white sandy beach is perfect for a long stroll at sunset…..what a wonderful way to end the day in paradise! Check out our Hanalei Collection and nearby Princeville 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.