Hanalei Bay
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The largest along Kauai's north shore, this crescent-shaped bay is lined by three beaches and is one of the most photographed spots in the area.
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Hazmat
Great Falls, VA14 contributions
Oct. 2022
The shape of the bay protects it from the harsh surf and currents, making this a great place to splash around in the water for the day. Swimmer beware...get here early if you want to get a parking spot. There are also some small beaches where you can park on the shoulder of the western part of the bay.

This is the perfect place to spend the day swimming and have lunch on the beach.
Written November 17, 2022
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Colorado Kris
4 contributions
Oct. 2022
This might be my favorite beach of all time. It was great bringing our 7 year old with us because the water was shallow even way out, but the waves were perfect for boogie boarding/body surfing. The sand was great and the views were amazing.
Written November 10, 2022
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irawine
Benicia, CA567 contributions
Oct. 2022
My wife and I stopped at Hanalei Bay and enjoyed the experience. First, we walked out on the pier that extends into the bay and took in all of the surroundings. They were quite impressive. Next, we stopped in town for lunch and then strolled through the numerous shops in town. Recommended.
Written November 4, 2022
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Samuel J
Carlsbad, CA8 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Absolutely gorgeous beach. Long sandy beach that stretches the entire bay with plenty of space to spread out and get away from other groups with views of the mountains. We went on heavy surf day where I could definitely feel a strong tide about waist deep. Parking looks like it can be tough at times.
Written October 24, 2022
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,507 contributions
Jan. 2022
We have visited many beaches, but this is surely one of the most beautiful. Beautiful clean sand and a gentle beach. Peaceful and tranquil.
Written October 11, 2022
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ColoradoTravelsWorld
268 contributions
Sep. 2022
If you've ever questioned if it was worth going...just do it. We planned to only go for an hour but ended up staying for 4! It was such a beautiful location, the waves were fantastic, and my kiddos had an amazing time. Will definitely go again before we leave for the week!

The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because there isn't a place to clean off that we could find near the parking lot so we ended up going back to our condo sandy and uncomfortable.
Written September 25, 2022
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JV2006
CA465 contributions
Aug. 2022
We had a great time here bodysurfing and swimming. As long as the waves aren't breaking too hard you can venture out pretty far but I wouldn't recommend going an further than anyone else. If you're lucky enough to get a parking spot in the lot like we did then it's a quick walk to the water. The water was crystal clear and just cool enough to be refreshing but warm enough to be able to stay in for hours.
Written September 1, 2022
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Jane G
111 contributions
Aug. 2022
Love this beach - great for families as the water is so calm and relatively shallow (like 5' or less) and you can snorkel! Take a stroll along the pier and for those adventurous souls, jump into the bay from the pier's end. Lots of fun! Or just enjoy a day at the beach enjoying the sights of the North Shore with your book in hand. Not very crowded when we were there - and a local food truck was available if you get hungry!
Written August 31, 2022
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Andrea M
11 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
We had an amazing time taking in the views of the mountains behind us, the ocean and waves in front of us, watching the sailboats and kids paddle boarding while we relaxed and enjoyed the beauty of the island. You can’t go wrong visiting this bay
Written August 14, 2022
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Familytravels42
Edmonton, Canada13 contributions
Jul. 2022
This was a real nice bay. We went snorkelling. Not a ton of fish, bit going through the coral “canals” was almost like exploring caves. Kinda cool.
Written July 7, 2022
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