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Hanalei Bay

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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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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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Outstanding 10
Latisha_T, Nov 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
The guides we super funny and experienced. I would recommend this tour to all. We were very grateful to have this opportunity during our COVID vacation. Perfect 👌 tour with awesome guides!
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Great trip
Brieanna_V, Nov 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
We saw so many sea turtles on the snorkeling portion of our trip! The kayaking portion through the river offered a great view of mountains.
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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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Kayak and snorkel tour
Sandradee632, Nov 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
My daughter and I were so happy to book this tour! It started with us kayaking up the river and we saw several beautiful sites and even a giant sea turtle! Our guides were awesome to notice it for us. Then we kayaked to a beach where we snorkeled and had a great lunch! The fresh sliced pineapple was amazing! Thank you so much!
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Kayaking in Kauai
Dave_S, Mar 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Enjoyed our time kayaking with our group and two tour guides - Web and Steve. They had great stories and were very attentive to everyone in our group, making sure we were safe and having a good time.
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Thank you Josh & J!
Trail719650, Dec 2019
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
My daughter and I really enjoyed our afternoon kayaking and snorkeling at Hanalei Bay. We learned so much about the island from our tour guides Josh & J. We saw tons of fish snorkeling and even saw a sea turtle while kayaking! It was a super relaxing day and one of our favorites. Thank you Josh & J! Terri & Julia
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Great Kayaking and Good Fun
Dave_S, Mar 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
The tour guides (Steve and Web) were fun. They had fun stories about Kauai and were very attentive guides making sure we were all having a good time.
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Best experience
Dana_M, Feb 2020
Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour
Guides, Dan and Steve, were very patient with us being new to kayaking. Snorkeling was amazing. We were able to explore the coral reefs with instruction from Dan on where to go and where not to go. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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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