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Hanalei Bay

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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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
$138.95 per adult
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Great Trip! Our guides were fantastic, we had such a blast!
We got some heavy rain and it just didn't matter!!! So fun! Our guides took such good care of us and it was wonderful learning about the culture and the area! Mahalo!
Chase_M, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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Try It, You'll Like It!
Dana_D, Jan 2023
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Our kayaking and snorkeling tour was fabulous! We have kayaked before, but not in the ocean. However, with our guides’ instructions we had no problems with this. We had not snorkeled before and were a bit apprehensive. Again, our guides were very helpful, and as first-timers, we had a great time! We saw beautiful fish and two sea turtles swam with us. We highly recommend Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour!
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Amazing experience on our trip
Sierra_M, Jan 2023
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Such a fun, active and educational time! The guides were amazing and gave a lot of information about the history of the area. We saw so many sea turtles and fish while snorkeling. Had a great lunch on the beach and just simply enjoyed.
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Great day on the water!!
COLLINS_D, Jan 2023
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Our guides were fantastic and the views were just beautiful. We had a great day. Would definitely do this tour again.
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It was a rare, calm...
BradPope, Jan 2023
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
It was a rare, calm winter day on the North Shore. The guides were very knowledgeable, and we saw too many turtles to count
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Great tour
Lala_H, Jan 2023
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
Great tour. We had a lot of fun. Instructions were great. Tour guides were fun. Was not the best place to snorkel because the beach was very rocky. Definitely a tour for people with little to no experience with Kayaking.
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A wonderful way to see Hanalei River and Bay and see sea turtles up close!
Christine_D, Dec 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
The kayak and snorkel tour with Kayak Hanalei was amazing! A beautiful way to see Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay. I loved that our tour guide was a native and was very knowledgeable about the island, the mountains, and Kauai's history. The snorkeling location was great and we got amazing views of sea turtles and lots of fish. The customer service was excellent and prompt at answering my questions too!
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Fun hunt!
Alexandra_H, Nov 2022
Hanohano Hanalei Adventurer Scavenger Hunt
Although we had to cut our hunt short, we really enjoyed finding several of the items on the list. I would do this close to when you arrive. It gives you a fun way to learn lots of things you may not have known.
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The fantastic 5
David_T, Oct 2022
Hanohano Hanalei Adventurer Scavenger Hunt
All of them!!!! Great way to meet people and see the city. Netting the local people & taking to them was awesome.
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Great trip
Prabhu_P, Jan 2023
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Kayaking from the river into the ocean was exciting. Great guide too. Saw a lot of fish while snorkelling.
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Beautiful day in Hanalei
Fathi_K, Oct 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
We loved this tour! Hanalei bay was so beautiful by kayak and saw so many colorful fish when snorkeling. The guides were great and gave info about the history of the area which was a nice addition. Would recommend to anyone visiting Hanalei
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Highly recommend
Ginger_M, Jan 2023
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Great mix of letting us explore on our own and making sure we were safe. Appreciated all of the history and language lessons.
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Best snorkeling!
Wendy_V, Sep 2022
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
This was an amazing experience! We had great tour guides- Jay and Dennis. They were knowledgeable and friendly and made sure everyone was safe. We went to the best snorkeling spot I’ve been to on the island and got to see all kinds of fish, sea turtles and coral. The views of the mountains coming back into Hanalei Bay are breathtaking. Really it’s one of my favorite experiences on the island.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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