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Hanalei Beach

Just below Princeville Beach
Hanalei Beach is really 2 beaches in one.   Hanalei Bay itself indents the coast a full 1 mile.  Gentle waves roll across the face of half-moon Hanalei Bay, running up to the wide, golden sand.  A sandy, horseshoe-shaped strip of sand curves the full length of Hanalei Bay.  Along this 2 miles of sand, the Kauai government has built two parks::  Hanalei Beach Park and Waioli Beach Park.  Each has picnic areas, restrooms, and marvelous ocean and mountain views. Behind you, sheer volcanic ridges laced by waterfalls rise to 4,000 feet just  3 miles (5km) inland.  

There are  coral reefs on either side and a patch of coral in the middle--plus a sunken ship that belonged to a king, -- a divers paradise.   Swimming is excellent year-round, especially in summer, when Hanalei Bay becomes a big, placid lake. The aquamarine water is also great for bodyboarding, surfing, fishing, windsurfing, canoe paddling, kayaking, and boating (there's a boat ramp on the west bank of the Hanalei River). The area known as Black Pot, near the pier, is particularly good for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. Facilities include a pavilion, restrooms, picnic tables, and parking. This beach is always packed with both locals and visitors, but you can usually find your own place in the sun by strolling down the shore; the bay is big enough for everyone.

Sandy Beach Looking
East from middle of Bay

Surfers in water
--- Life guard
--- Boat Launch
--- Restrooms,
--- Picnic tables
--- Parking
--- Commercial and shopping are nearby
--- Clean
--- Sand with sediment
--- Plenty of Parking
--- Small surf
--- No vehicles on beach
--- 30 feet to next visitor
--- Locals outnumber visitors

Grassy Picnic Area

Princeville Hotel across the Bay
--- Year round swimming
--- Bodyboarding,
--- Beginner surfing,
--- Snorkeling
--- Diving
--- Fishing,
--- Windsurfing,
--- Canoe paddling,
--- Kayaking,
--- Boating

--- Watch sun sets

Classic homes across street.

Black Pot area
Directions -- 10 min 3 miles --
Turn right out of Princeville on Highway 56.  Drive to Hanalei and turn right on Aku Road -- just after the Tahiti Nui restaurant.  Then another right on Weke Road.  You will see the Hanalei Beach access.  Turn left on Weke and you get to Waioli Beach Park.
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