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Hanalei Bay Tours

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Hanalei Bay
Overview
Located on the north shore of Kauai, Hanalei Bay is one of the island’s most picturesque stretches of water. This crescent-shaped bay boasts over 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of white sand beach backed by mountains, waterfalls, and laid-back towns and offers an array of watersports, including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and surfing.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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. 
Address: Hanalei, Hawaii 96714, USA
Admission: Free
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel TourSnorkeling

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel TourSnorkeling

Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour

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Get up close and personal with the spectacular scenery of Hanalei Bay—and enjoy an active way to explore—on this two-in-one, half-day tour. Begin with a kayaking trip along the Hanalei River before heading onto the Bay to soak up the scenery, spy sea turtles, and more. Then, swap your kayak for a snorkel for an underwater nature expedition. Finally, unwind with lunch on the beach.
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Wailua River Kayak and Hike AdventureHiking

Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
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Creative Soul of Kauai Scavenger HuntSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Creative Soul of Kauai Scavenger Hunt

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Adventure lovers, get ready for a fun,challenging and IMMERSIVE adventure through the magic town of Hanalei! This scavenger hunt is part detective adventure, social experience and history walk. Seek answers throughout Hanalei to clues about Hawaiian history and culture, meet friendly locals, learn some Hawaiian and get super creative with photo and video clues. You will start in the heart of Hanalei and will go north to a famous landmark and then to the beach and pier to search for clues on Hawaii's most beautiful beach. You will discover secrets of Hanalei and little nooks and crannies only locals can show you. You will meet back at the picnic table while we hear your stories/review your clues and tally your score and hear your fun stories of your adventure. Feel free to email for specific time and date requests. .
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  • 2 hours
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Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing FlightAir Tours

Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing Flight

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Choose one passenger when booking to see your pricing options on this bird’s-eye view of Kauai’s spectacular scenery on a deluxe air tour! Marvel at natural wonders like the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay and tropical waterfalls. Soar over the "Garden Island" in an aircraft specially designed for sightseeing as your pilot provides narration through high-tech headsets during the flight.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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Entire Kauai Island Air TourPrivate and Luxury

Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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Soar over the entire Garden Island for unforgettable views on this air tour of Kauai. From aboard an aircraft designed for sightseeing, soak up breathtaking views of natural attractions like Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls, the rugged Na Pa Coast, and Mt Waialeale — the wettest spot on earth. Your experienced pilot provides informative narration during this thrilling flight.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: North & East ShoresDay Trips

Private Luxury Tour of Kauai: North & East Shores

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Make the most of your time on Kauai with a private tour tailored to suit your interests. Select from an East and North Shore itinerary or a tour of the island’s West and South Shores. Your private guide takes you to numerous local highlights, including charming towns, the best beaches, secluded waterfalls, and other natural attractions.
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  • 6 hours
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Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group LessonsSports Lessons

Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons

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Learn to surf Kauai’s famous waves with this 2-hour surf lesson on the shores of beautiful Hanalei Bay. Your instructor, a local surfing expert, will teach you fundamentals of paddling, reading the waves and standing up. It’s a great introduction to surfing for beginners, and group size limited to four people to ensure a personalized experience. Toward the end of your lesson, enjoy free time in the mellow waters of Hanalei Bay to practice your new surf skills.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River, and optional AirDay Trips

Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River, and optional Air

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Spend a whole day exploring the best of Kauai’s beauty and culture on a tour combining land, water, and aerial sightseeing. Skip the car rental and let a local driver and guide show you the Garden Isle’s top sights, from romantic Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea Lighthouse to a bird sanctuary and historic sugar cane plantations. Catch a boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto for a traditional hula show, and upgrade to soar over the entire island on a fixed-wing airplane tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Kauai Tour Bundle: Get 4 Kauai Audio ToursMulti-day Tours

Kauai Tour Bundle: Get 4 Kauai Audio Tours

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Explore Kauai at your own pace with this audio tour app that uses GPS to guide you to and around some of the island's top attractions. Skip paying for a bus tour and make the most of your vacation time with the freedom to stop and go as you please. Along the way, the app provides narration, stories, and fun facts. The tours can be downloaded and used offline so you don't have to worry about service around the island.
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Island of Kauai Multi-Day TourNature and Wildlife

Island of Kauai Multi-Day Tour

There’s no need to pack a guidebook on this all-inclusive 7-day, 6-night Kauai adventure designed by a tour guide born and raised on the Garden Isle. Everything is arranged, from comfortable lodging and all meals to transport and a hand-picked itinerary highlighting Hawaii's most gorgeous scenery and essential adventures. Swim and snorkel at postcard-worthy beaches, hike the Napali Coast trail, kayak up the sacred Wailua River, and experience a traditional Hawaiian luau. Enjoy free time for island shopping, and upgrade to include an unforgettable helicopter ride or Napali Coast cruise.
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Kauai Movie AdventureDay Trips

Kauai Movie Adventure

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Immerse yourself in the cinematic history of Kauai during this full-day movie-focused tour. This multi-stop tour is made easy with round-trip transportation, so you can focus on the Hawaiian scenery and spotting the backdrops for some of your favorite movies. Listen to commentary on many of the movies that have been made here, including little-known facts and figures, from your guide.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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North Shore Kauai Audio Driving TourOvernight Tours

North Shore Kauai Audio Driving Tour

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Explore Kauai's scenic north shore with Shaka Guide and visit the beautiful beaches, gorgeous hiking trails and even a hidden waterfall. You will love the gripping stories we tell of this unique island. Skip the tour bus and explore Kauai at your own pace for a fraction of the cost. Shaka Guide's North Shore Kauai Tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to the best spots! Shaka Guide is the #1-rated app for Kauai with over 2K reviews on the App Store and Google Play Store! WHY SHAKA GUIDE: ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Maui. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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Private Kauai North Shore TourDay Trips

Private Kauai North Shore Tour

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Discover Kauai’s highlights and hidden gems on a full-day private tour that offer a personal glimpse of the island’s local culture and history. Navigate the Garden Isle in a private minivan, and feel the mist from a pair of beautiful waterfalls. Look out to sea from the Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, and watch for whales and endangered geese at a wildlife refuge. Visit Kauai hidden beaches and ancient sites and learn about Kauai's history and local culture along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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Vintage Biplane Tour of KauaiPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai

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Soar over Kauai aboard a vintage biplane for unmatched aerial views of the Garden Island. On this flight, get a bird’s-eye perspective on Kauai’s diverse topography and amazing natural attractions. Fly above the Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay, Mt Waialeale, cascading waterfalls, white sandy beaches and more while your expert pilot provides narration on the island’s history and geography.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle SeatsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

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On this incredible tour of Kauai, you’ll experience views so beautiful they will take your breath away. Explore the stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as “Jurassic Park” falls, wedged in between the emerald green mountain top of the Hanapepe Valley. Soar over the amazing views of the Olokele Canyon and majestic Waimea Canyon. Waimea canyon is also know as the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” where you’ll catch sight of dozens of cascading waterfalls including the 2000-foot Waipo’o falls. Then on to the sacred Napali Coast with its 3500-foot seacliffs plummetting into the vast Pacific ocean. Along the Napali coast you will fly into the secret valleys of Nualolo and Kalalau valley with there amazing landscape. On to Kauai’s magical North Shore which reveals the sculpted green Hanalei Valley with more waterfalls than you can count. Last but not least the pilot will take you to the Wai'ale'ale crater with the "Wall of Tears" A dormant shield Volcano which receives 500" of rainfall.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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8 hour custom tour of the tropical North Shore/Hanalei/LighthouseDay Trips

8 hour custom tour of the tropical North Shore/Hanalei/Lighthouse

Aloha,The North Shore of Kauai is not to be missed. Pick you up at ship or lodging. Just you and your party in a 4 pass car. So many people opt for the Waimea Canyon, which is amazing, but the scenic wonders of the East and North Shore of Kauai often go unseen because people choose the canyon. The tropical vistas and beaches abound on the North Shore tour. We go by mark Zuckerberg's property, too.
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  • 8 hours 8 minutes
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  • 8 hours 8 minutes
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Kauai Learn to Surf Semi-Private LessonsSports Lessons

Kauai Learn to Surf Semi-Private Lessons

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Not only is Hanalei Bay on Kauai one of the most beautiful spots in Hawaii, but it’s also one of Kauai’s best places for first learning how to surf. On this private Kauai surf lesson, your expert instructor will teach you how to paddle and pop up on waves, and will have you up and riding faster than you ever thought was possible. With the sun on your shoulders and the green mountains in front of you, you’ll experience the thrill, joy, and beauty of surfing on Kauai.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in KauaiPhotography Tours

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Kauai

Avoid the disappointment of leaving your vacation destination with only sub-par photos to remember it by. This private photo shoot is hosted by a professional photographer who will ensure you have some beautiful, high-quality photographs of Kauai. They can also offer insider info on the best places to go on the island.
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in KauaiPhotography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Kauai

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Kauai and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Kauai, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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Photo session thru Princeville Photography Tours

Photo session thru Princeville

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Unlike most photo sessions that are all in one location, this hike offers lots of different scenarios to capture, so you will receive a much wider range of photos! Prior to us beginning, we can talk about what exactly you're looking for so I can tailor the experience to your needs, but in general we will have a lot to work with when the time comes.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in KauaiPhotography Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Kauai

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Forget using self-timer or trying to get random strangers to take a photo of your family and instead book a professional vacation photography session. A local photographer meets you at the scenic location of your choosing and captures high-quality photos you can’t get from your cell phone or point-and-shoot. Plus, it’s perfect for couples and families that are tired of always having one person left out of the vacation photos.
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Half-Day Kauai and Napali Exploration & Snorkeling ActivityNature and Wildlife

Half-Day Kauai and Napali Exploration & Snorkeling Activity

Join Holo Holo as we voyage beyond the Napali Coast to more beautiful areas along Kauai's North Shore. Our Napali Exploration is the only boat tour departing out of Hanalei that will explore beyond the Napali Coast to unique locations like Queen's bath, Secrets Beach, Anini Beach and Kilauea Lighthouse (ocean and weather permitting). Enjoy 5.5 hours on the water, with more time for photo stops, snorkeling & exploring the majestic sea caves, waterfalls and landscape of the Napali Coast. Keep an eye out, as we frequently see Spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, flying fish & other marine life on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. A continental breakfast, lunch, snorkel gear and dry bags are included, so you can relax and create perfect memories for your Kauai vacation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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