Hanalei Bay Kauai

Complete Guide to Hanalei Bay Kauai 2022 Includes Rich and Famous

Insider tips, places to eat and stay, plus annual events in our expanded Hanalei Bay guide to quintessential Kauai.

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  1. Our granddaughter is planning a wedding for June 11,2018 and would like to have it at Hanalei Bay. could you tell me if we need to make reservations and if so, how and if there is a fee. anything we may need to know would be greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance for all your help. Beck

    1. Hi Becky.

      Suggest you search for Kauai wedding officiant. You’ll need someone to help you with this. Permitting and other rules definitely apply.


  2. Hello,
    My family of 4 (2 8 year olds- 9 at time of trip) are planning a trip in July of 2018. My husband and I have spent time in Oahu and Maui, and look forward to visiting another island. Our children have never been to Hawaii. We are traveling from New Jersey and would love to get a direct flight! I’m drawn to the Big Island, and my husband is partial to checking out Kauai. Perhaps considering what would be best for our children will bring us to a decision. Do you have any suggestions which island, overall would be better for children? We plan to spend about 10 days on one island, and break up the trip half at a resort and half at a rental house/condo. Please share any thoughts on rentals, as there are a lot out there! Thank you so much for any information that you share with us! Your help is appreciated.

    1. Hi Colleen.

      What you’re asking for isn’t what we do unfortunately. Having said that both are ideal for children, and you seriously can’t go wrong. In fact do plan another trip so that in time you can visit the Big Island and Kauai.

      Guidebooks such as the acclaimed Hawaii Revealed series should be of great help.


  3. Hello! Could you tell me what part of Hanalei beach is typically good for surfing in June/July? We are bringing our kids who are older teenagers,18 and 19, who would like to surf. We are looking at renting a vacation home in Hanalei and would like to be closer to the part of the beach used for surfing. I’ve been on quite a few travel blogs and am getting mixed information. Thank you so much for your help!

    1. Hi Julie.

      Generally no surfing in summer at Hanalei. If there are un-seasonal waves, they’ll be in the area called Pinetrees, at the opposite end from the pier.


  4. Are the ocean be still on calm mode in the month of September and early part of October in Hanalei? and not stormy? Thanks.

    1. Hi Carolyn.

      It changes every season so you can’t say for sure. Rougher conditions return to north shores anytime between September and November usually.


  5. In the “good old days” when I had a decent income, I owned a timeshare in Princeville for 3 weeks each year, 1985-1999, and never traded it because I loved the North Shore so much. My wife and I have only visited once since then, in 2006, due to cost, but anticipate eventually returning. I’ve been on your e-mail list for many years and always enjoy visiting your website, just to feel connected to my favorite place.

    I always used to love snorkeling at Tunnels, but somehow never heard of Waikoko Beach. I see from Google Maps satellite view that Waikoko is much smaller, but otherwise how does it compare to Tunnels for casual snorkeling on a calm sea day?

    1. Hi Bruce.

      We’ve never been to that beach which is just before Lumahai. If it was that good, likely we’d know about it.


  6. Aloha,

    My girl and I are going to travel to Kauai in Mid-December and staying up in Princeville. Is there any boat tours going out of Hanalei Bay to see the beautiful mountains of the Napali Coast? We plan on going south to view other things such as Waimea Canyon, but I think there’s so much to do to include the boat tour.

    Also any other good tips such as the above article?

    Thank you so much in advance.


      1. What about boat tours in the summer going out of Hanalei? I’ve only heard and been out of them from Port Allen. They never go the full way to Ke’e Beach which I would really love to see by boat let alone sail to Hanalei.

        1. Hi Lee.

          Just google for boat tours from Hanalei. We don’t have any experience to recommend a company.


        2. Captain Sundown out of Hanalei…..HIGHLY RECOMMEND the 7hr Na Pali Snorkel Catamaran Cruise; one of the best activities we’ve done on our (5) trips to Kauai.

  7. We are a group of 5 senior couples looking to visit Maui or Kahai early 2017 . Some are active seniors looking to hike, snorkel etc.We are also staying for one week and want to stay at a cost efficient condo. Any suggestions and recommendations regarding island choice for first timers and places to stay would be appreciated.By the way is February considered off season?

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      If there are 10 people flying together, then you should qualify for a group rate. So contact multiple airlines that fly between your city and the islands to check that out. For what to do, and where to stay, we suggest the Hawaii Revealed series of print and online guidebooks. There’s one for each island and they are extremely helpful.


      1. If you want condos, Outrigger properties are great to work with. They have had great experience with them for 3 or 4 years now.

    2. Aloha Lorraine: February is high season in Hawaii because many mainlanders are ready for a break from snow and cold. The end of February is also the peak of shake season when Humpbacks are abundant. The slowest time of year for tourism in Hawaii is September, followed by fall and the period between mid April and the second or third week of June when school gets out.

      I do not believe that Maui has any condos that can legally sleep 10 since state law allows 2 people per bedroom plus 2 sleeping in the living room. You’ll likely want two condos.

      Many people would say that Kauai offers the most natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands, but Maui is more popular and arguably offers a greater variety of activities, such as bicycling down the dormant volcano Haleakala. The locals say “Maui No Ka Oi” which means “Maui is the best”. You really can’t go wrong visiting either island, they are both wonderful and they each deserve at least a week.

  8. We leave for LIH from PHX on Jan 15, 2017 and return on Jan. 30,2017. I have booked the return trip to PHX using all my AA miles. Right now Hawaiian Air is $400.00 per person one way to Kauai. I’m thinking I should book this now? ($800.00 total round trip cost for 2 is not that bad of a deal). I know that American Air fly’s direct, but my wife and I really like Hawaiian Air.
    thank you for your kind response……….

    1. Hi Ralph.

      Yes low $400’s. Might improve, but it might not. There is a disadvantage price-wise on this route when flying one way. Best round trip price is $676.


  9. This post made me dream of jumping in warm water at the pier, attending festivals, barbecue on the beach…
    Interesting about restrooms. I used to frown upon paying $ 1 to use a clean bathroom in Europe tended by a “dame pipi” (attendant) but years later, I realized that there was a need for it because selfish people often refuse to clean after themselves. Though Europe is worse than the US about cleanliness, there is definitively room for improvement.

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