Hanalei Bay





Heaven-Sent Hanalei

Besides palm trees and deep blue water, Hanalei Bay adds the following features to the list: dramatic waterfalls, crashing waves and mountains covered in greenery jutting up thousands of feet into the air. Most visitors would say blissfully that it doesn’t get much better than this.

Golden Sands, Priceless Views

As the largest bay on Kaua’i, Hanalei is the meeting point of three rivers—Hanalei, Wai’oli and Waipa—and is made up of four different beach sections.

If you visit in the winter months, avoid swimming and other water activities because the high surf and strong currents make it risky.

During calmer times, though, visitors love to partake in activities like kayaking, windsurfing, boating, swimming and snorkeling, or even just walking along the golden sands and enjoying the sunset.

Additional Activities

Looking for an unbeatable view? Soak it all in from a point near the Princeville Hotel, situated on a bluff above the bay’s east point.

True adventurers might opt to kayak through the taro fields that follow the Hanalei River, and daring surfers should head to Pinetrees, a spot near the center of the bay where waves can get as big as 20 feet.

Don’t forget to visit Hanalei town, which boasts art galleries, eclectic restaurants and some historical sites too.

Hanalei Bay at a Glance

City:Hanalei, Kaua'i

Country or State:Hawaii

Length of Beach:2 miles

Access:By car

Best time to visit:September to November

High Season:December to March

Low Season:April to November


  • Nearby restaurants
  • Surfboard, bodyboards rentals
  • Lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden Sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular