Kauai, Hawaii’s fourth largest island, is separated into five main regions: Lihue, the East Side (Coconut Coast), the North Shore, the South Shore and the West Side. Occupying 552 square miles, Kauai is circular in shape with lush, mountainous regions in its center and beaches covering almost half its shoreline.
Hanalei Bay and Black Pot Beach is Open . Automobile access has been restored to the Hanalei Pier and Blackpot Beach with new parking lots and restrooms. There is also parking near the lifeguard pavilion at the center of the Bay, or at the far end which is known as Pine Trees.
Great beach to relax on and enjoy the sheer beauty of Kauai, just like all of the beaches here are. But this is a TERRIFIC snorkeling beach where you can see MANY beautiful, colorful Hawaiian fish just about everywhere you look!
Hanalei means “lei making” or “crescent bay” in Hawaiian.
Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called the ” Garden Island ,” which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements.
Kauai , in a way, is set apart. It’s also the greenest of all the Hawaiian islands , and 97 percent of it is covered by forests or mountain ranges. It has the most dramatic landscape in its 4,000-foot-high Na Pali cliffs. And it has the biggest gorge in the Pacific, the ten-mile-long and 3,000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon.
approximately 160 kilometers
Aloha from Kaua’i! HANALEI — Several hammerhead sharks were spotted yesterday in Hanalei Bay around 5 p.m., resulting in a beach closure, county officials said. Lifeguards, who had just left for the day, returned to the beach to post signage and warn swimmers.
It has a beautiful beach and a reef protected lagoon with clear shallow water (only 4-5′ deep, 100-150′ out from shore) that is great for swimming and snorkeling, particularly at low tide. Re: swimming in Hanalei Bay ??
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The highway , which leads to the popular Kee and Tunnels beaches and Haena State Park, had been inaccessible to the general public. That means these beaches, as well as the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park and the popular Kalalau Trail, are now open —but only to a limited number of visitors.
Parks and beaches are open in Kauai .
Two roads provide beach access- the first is located 0.4-mile past mile marker 8 and the second is 0.6-mile past mile marker 8 (the latter is the better of the two). Parking can be a hassle because you will have to park along the side of a narrow road.