One of the most spectacular Kauai beaches is Hanalei Bay with its iconic view of Bali Hai. This sweeping two mile crescent-shaped bay fronting our Hanalei rentals has captured the imagination of both locals and tourists alike as the perfect swimming spot, a favorite surfing location and an amazing ocean playground.
Hanalei is easily the largest bay on the Garden Isle of Kauai, set between two large rivers – Hanalei River to the east and Wai’oli River to the west. The largest of the two rivers, the Hanalei River, also serves as a popular venue for recreational paddling, kayaking and fishing.
The summer season generally provides flat water for easy access swimming, sailing, paddling, while the winter season brings larger swells with high surf for those surf enthusiasts. For ocean safety, there are several lifeguard stations posted around the bay and it is always a smart idea to check with the local lifeguard on duty as to the current conditions of the day. Our state motto “When in doubt, don’t go out.”
Swim along the shore between the pier to the first lifeguard for a fantastic workout. For surfing, the best is on the east side of the bay. Beginners should try the middle of the bay during summer when the surf is smaller and gentler.