One of the many things you'll love about the Hanalei Colony Resort is its close proximity to spectactular Kauai north shore beaches.
Whether your favorite pasttime is snorkeling, surfing or squishing your toes in the sand, you have a choice of many white sand beaches along the north shore. Pack a picnic lunch, your beach blankets and head out for a day of fun in the sun.
Here's a quick guide to just a few of your choices:
When you're on Kauai's north shore, you'll hear folks talk about the "end of the road." Well, this is it.
Ke’e Beach is the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail that runs along the Na Pali Coast to Hanakapiai (a 2-mile hike from the trailhead) and Kalalau (an 11-mile hike) beaches. There is excellent snorkeling inside the barrier reef. At the end of your day, take a drive over there and enjoy the magnificent sunsets! Don't forget your camera. Bathroom/shower facilities are available.
If you watched the movie "South Pacific," you've seen Lumahai Beach. This is where they filmed "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair." Remember it?
It's a long, wide crescent of sandy spectacular beach that you can stroll along in awe of the beauty that surrounds you. However, due to strong currents the swimming can be unsafe. Exercise caution. When in doubt, don't go out.
MAKUA BEACH (also known as “TUNNELS”):
Makua Beach beach is Kauai’s most famous and popular snorkeling site. Bring your snorkel and fins or just jump in for a refreshing swim. Green sea turtles (honu) are often spotted in the waters.
Many kite boarders like this spot and surfers enjoy surfing outside the reef. You'll be gazing upon Mt. Makana as you bask in the sun and swim in turquoise blue waters.
There is limited parking so best to get there early in the morning. You can also park at Ha`ena Beach Park and walk along the sand to Makua.
Fronted by a long coral reef, this is the beach that runs along the Hanalei Colony Resort. While it’s a quiet beach, rarely crowded, the currents can be strong here. Exercise caution. When it’s calm, there is nice snorkeling in these shallow waters.
HA’ENA BEACH PARK:
Turn right as you leave the Hanalei Colony parking lot. This very pretty beach has complete facilities. It is located across from the Maniniholo Dry Cave. Plenty of parking is available near the beach. The sand here is very coarse so it tends to come off easily. Although you will see people swimming here, please note that the shore is totally exposed, lacking any reef protection.
Hanalei Bay was voted America's #1 beach in May 2009. It's a surfer's paradise, but families love it here too. Kids bring their boogie boards. . . there's an annual sand castle contest (you'd be amazed at the sculptures created out of sand) . . . paddlers love to canoe and kayak here.
Follow Hwy 56 back into Hanalei town (turn left as you leave Hanalei Colony and go approx. 5 miles south), turn left on Aku Road (on the corner is “Kalypso” – the restaurant), follow to Weke Road which fronts all beach accesses. There is a lifeguard on duty at the Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion. Bathroom/shower facilities are available.
This is just a sampling of the beaches along the fabulous North Shore. When you're at the Hanalei Colony Resort, visit our front office and they'll fill you in on additional favorites you can choose from for your daily adventure.