Kauai is famous for its white, sandy beaches. You’ll find spectacularly stunning beaches along Kauai’s North Shore, an area bursting with beauty. The enchanting setting of the North Shore is full of rugged mountains, abundant taro fields, lovely beaches and unbelievable sea cliffs, all adding to the exceptional experience you’ll have in Kauai.
Some of the Top Beaches on Kauai’s North Shore include:
Hanalei Beach: The half-moon bay of Hanalei Beach is naturally beautiful. It is an ancient sunken valley surrounded by high sea cliffs, sheer volcanic ridges and golden sand. Hanalei Bay stretches two miles from point to point and indents the coast a full mile inland. Coral reefs can be found on either side of the two points, and in the middle of the bay. There is also a sunken ship, creating a great snorkeling environment. Black Pot, near the pier, is one of the best areas for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. Swimming is excellent here year round, though, making it a popular choice for visitors and locals alike.
Anini Beach County Park: If you’re looking for one of the safest swimming beaches on the North Shore, this is it. Anini Beach is also quite gorgeous as it sits on a blue lagoon at the base of emerald cliffs. The golden beaches stretch on for three miles, and because this beach is shielded by long fringe of reef, Anini Beach is also one of the very best beaches to snorkel at on Kauai. Anini has a very Tahitian-feel and is definitely worth a visit.
Kee Beach State Park: Located on a reef protected Cove, Kee (pronounced Kay-ay) Beach attracts swimmers and snorkelers. Take note, though, to stay inside the reef area. Outside of the reef, conditions are unstable and the waters can be dangerous. Be sure to take a short walk towards Ha'ena for a panoramic view of the Na Pali Coast.
Tunnels Beach: Easily one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches, Tunnels Beach is excellent for swimming year round and provides excellent snorkeling conditions as it is protected by a fringing coral reef. Surrounded by the peaks of Bali Hai, Tunnels Beach is one of best locations to watch the sun set on Kauai.
The beach is calling…start planning your Kauai Beach Vacation today!