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Hanalei Bay

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961 Reviews
Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714

The Basics

Hanalei Bay offers almost every water sport imaginable and it is one of Kauai’s best places to learn how to surf. Opt for a private or small-group beginner surf lesson, or take a guided kayak or snorkeling tour. Most tours of Kauai’s North Shore include a visit to Hanalei Bay, and flightseeing tours of the island offer a bird’s eye view of the bay on the way to the Na Pali Coast.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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Fun Kayaking Experience
Ursula_A, Aug 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Kolo was a great tour guide! There were so many fish and I was able to see an octopus while snorkeling! I felt that my 10 year old daughter was safe throughout the duration of the tour. Luana was great as well and went above and beyond to assist us.
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Great time!
Anthony_M, Jul 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Kayaking was a lot of fun! Didn’t see too much snorkeling, but views were breathtaking. Would definitely recommend.
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Fantastic Hanalei Bay Kayaking and Snorkeling
Rosella_C, Jun 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Despite the road closures schedule getting to Princeville, it was all worth it. The Kayak and Snorkel experience was fantastic. Kolo and La-a, the tour guides has shared a lot of information about the area. The underwater life and fishes etc. I have seen so many colorful fishes and turtles in our snorkeling which made it so enjoyable. My husband stated that this was his favorite tour among the 8 others I have scheduled visiting Maui and Kauai.
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Best experience of our trip
Oregon, Jun 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
An awesome experience! Our favorite of our trip. We absolutely loved Chantz and La’akea. Learned so much about Hawaii and Hawaiian culture in addition to the activities.
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It’s got it all!
SarahAnne_C, Jun 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Amazing adventure whether you are with a partner, friend or even solo. Great views, great workout, great vibes! 10/10 would recommend.
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Wonderful and Beautiful Tour
Carleigh, May 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Kolo and Lala were great guides. The beauty of the tour was amazing and they both shared wonderful history and legend of the mountains. The snorkelling near the reef was beautiful. Kolo and Lala took care of all the kayakers - no matter the skill level. We had a wonderful time.
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I was big Kauai fun!!! Our guides were great!!
William_H, May 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
The snorkeling and stories about the area were great. First time in a kayak and all went well. Would recommend this as a must do on the island.
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Wonderful excursion!
Joan_M, May 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Our kayak/snorkeling excursion was amazing and one of the highlights of our week on Kauai. Our guide, Kolo, was helpful, knowledgeable and added many personal touches, including information on fishes we might see, how to open a coconut, some words in Hawaiian, ukelele music on the beach during lunch and local history.
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Awesome Trip!
carmel_K, May 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Our guide Kolo was the best! So entertaining! What wasn’t to like? Great river kayak trip that is doable for any age. Snorkeling was awesome. Loved his ukele playing during lunch. Will definitely go back!
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So Much Fun
Cynthia_C, May 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
This was the best time of our trip. Our guide made the trip so amazing. It was such a great time with our family.
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Best Tour Guides Kaaumoanna
Michael_H, Aug 2021
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
The entire snorkeling trip was amazing, fun kayaking, beautiful snorkeling and a well thought out tour. Our tour guides made this trip incredibly memorable, Kaaumoana and his cousin really went above and beyond to make the trip special. He stopped to take photos of us at great locations, played the ukulele on the beach, shared personal stories as well as historical stories to educate us about the island while making the time so that each group felt special. I couldn’t give them any higher regard. Loved it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lifeguards are on duty at Black Pot Beach and Waioli Beach Park.

  • Each of the three beach parks in Hanalei Bay offer bathrooms and showers.

  • You can rent snorkel gear, surf boards, kayaks, and more in Hanalei town.

  • You can camp at Hanalei Beach Park, but you’ll need a permit.

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How to Get There

Hanalei Bay is located on Kauai’s North Shore, about an hour’s drive from Kauai’s capital city, Lihue. The Kauai Bus provides service to Hanalei from Lihue and neighboring towns such as Princeville and Kilauea. The circular bay stretches from Princeville to Hanalei Town and beyond and can be accessed from the three main beaches: Hanalei Beach Park, Black Pot Beach, and Waioli Beach Park.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Hanalei Bay is during Kauai’s dry season, which runs from April through October. The busiest season in Kauai is from November to March. High surf from mid-October through March may create strong currents and pounding waves, so check the surf advisories before entering the water during this time of year.

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Hanalei Bay Surfing

Hanalei Bay has gentle waves from April through October that make it an ideal place to learn how to surf. Moreover, with plenty of sandy-bottomed spots, beginner surfers don’t have to worry about falling on rocks or a shallow reef. Many surf schools in the area cater to beginners and also offer lessons to intermediate and advanced surfers. The winter season is less safe for beginners but provides plenty of big swells for advanced surfers.

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