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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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Fanatic Guide, beautiful and Memorable
Our guide was fantastic, told us history, feed us lunch, taught us about local culture and helped when my child and mother fell behind. He also helped when we capsized . All if this was done with grace.
Daniel_P, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kauai

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Two thumbs up!
Fernando_B, Mar 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
What an amazing experience!!!! Our tour guide Kolo was phenomenal!!!!! He gave us a true Hawaiian experience from the history, local knowledge, ukulele serenade, coconut hunting and his friendly & funny . He treated us and took care of us like Ohana! He even rescued my cell phone when it fell into the ocean. I love supporting a family owned and operated business. The grounds are clean and beautiful! Everyone is courteous and helpful!! Overall a spectacular experience.
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Family paddle
Steve_D, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
What a great experience with Hanalei Bay kayak team. Nice paddle out to the ocean and the snorkeling was amazing. Saw a lot of the fish on the list and even swam with a turtle for a bit. Paddle back was more or a challenge but truly enjoyed the day!
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Best activity of the vacation!
Jeannie_S, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
The whole experience is so much fun. The guides go out of their way to make sure everything is great.
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Great little competitive activity
Vanessa_D, Jul 2022
Aloha Hanalei Adventurer Scavenger Hunt
This was a fun experience for our family of 4 (2 under 16). It made us talk to locals and step out of our comfort zone a bit. Tara was a wonderful host. She even went above and beyond to tell us a fun story as a prize when the youngest of our group (10) asked for it.
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Fantastic kayaking experience!
Maureen_P, Feb 2022
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
We had a fabulous trip kayaking in the Hanalei River and the bay and then snorkeling in Hanalei Bay. Our tour guide, Jay, was amazing! He had a great vibe, was a wealth of information about Kauai and made absolutely sure that we had a safe and very fun adventure. I would definitely book a trip with this vendor again! Five stars (and more) for Jay!!!
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Highly recommended
Benjamin_W, Jun 2022
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
Our trip was canceled due to my negligence. Great company to deal with. The man gave me explicit instructions where to be picked up and I did not follow them. My apologies.
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Awesome!
Corey_S, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
We had a great time and this was one of everyone’s favorite activities during our trip! The kayaking was fun, snorkeling was amazing, and we even got to do some extras such as listen to the guide sing and break open some coconuts. Fun facts along the way, good lunch, great company made it a wonderful addition to our trip! Highly recommend!
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Professional, friendly, safe, and fun!
Patricia_D, Mar 2022
Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour in Kapa'a, Hawaii
We had a great time. Jay and Nick were excellent guides. Jay was very knowledgeable about the Hawaiian Islands and specifically, Kauai. We felt safe dispite a couple of us having little or no kayaking experience. Snorkeling was great with lots of colorful fish and a big green turtle to see. I would definitely recommend. Great family fun!
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Must Do Family Adventure
Natalie_D, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
We loved the whole experience! We enjoyed the kayaking on Hanalei river and bay. We loved seeing the fish and sea turtles while snorkeling. Our guides shared the history of Kauai and knowledge about the local wildlife and plants. It was amazing and I would highly recommend doing this!
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Great Scavenger Hunt!
Kelly_H, Oct 2021
Aloha Hanalei Adventurer Scavenger Hunt
We had a great time and enjoyed learning more about the Hawaiian culture. The clues were fun and easy to follow and we learned many interesting things from the people we met! I would highly recommend this to do with friends or family. It was a good time had by all and we enjoyed making fun memories along the way!
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Highlight of our Kauai trip!
Amanda_A, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
This tour was the highlight of our trip in Kauai! Kono and his cousin made us feel like locals, chatting about Kauai history and nature. They took us to a beautiful snorkel spot with lots of fish and even a turtle! We had such an amazing time! No huli!
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Awesome!
Shelley_L, Jul 2022
Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
This was an awesome experience! Hanalei is a really special place, and this kayak adventure is highly recommended. The guides were knowledgeable and really enhances the experience.
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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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