Snorkel at one of Kauai’s most idyllic and tropical locations.
Majestic Kee Beach marks the beginning of the spectacular 11-mile Kalalau Trail for our Kauai vacation rental guests and the end of the North Shore road. It’s the perfect location for a Kauai adventure on land or by sea.
The reef enclosed lagoon has crystal clear water during summer months. Sometimes I’ll see green sea turtles in addition to colorful fish. My advice is to stay to the right when entering as the channel on the left can be dangerous with unexpected currents. The safest time to swim is when the surf drops below 4 feet. If you arrived without snorkel gear, you can backtrack a few miles to Wainiha Store and find rentals.
Hike the famous Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Beach.
It’s a strenuous 2 miles each way but worth the effort. Without a reef and a dangerous shore break, Hanakapiai is best enjoyed from the shore. Pack water for the hike and remember sunscreen.
Another option instead of the hike is to follow the path around the point at Kee Beach for dazzling views of the Na Pali Coast. After the last home a path leads you up hill to the site of the ancient Ka Ulu A Paoa Heiau, birthplace of the hula.
Stop at Limahuli Garden before or after.
Ranked the best natural botanical garden in the United States, this beautiful and unique terraced hillside garden is now part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Kee Beach is close to our Haena Vacation Rentals.
Enjoy easy access to, among other great activities, hiking or boating along the North Shore. If you’re staying at one of our other Kauai vacation rentals and drive to Kee, you’ll find parking easier to find in the morning or late afternoon. The on-site facilities feature new bathrooms and showers.
We invite you to share your tips and experiences at Kee Beach.
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