I am looking forward to coming to Kauai now, instead of wishing I was getting my way and going to the Big Island. Scott - it's definitely better to bring your own BBQ. Hi Fred - it's hard to answer that question because of variables in your ability and conditions. There are six of us, none us us swimmers. Based on that info, you can decide if you want to use the personal floating device. After snorkling Tunnels, which was asolutley my favorite snorkling and swimming beach, we ate at Red Hot Mamas. I know ocean conditions are impossible to predict, but is the shallow/shore area generally fairly safe for young children to play at in Haena or is there often riptide or big waves crashing right on the beach (early to mid october)? You might also want to do a boat trip on the Na Pali. Additionally, is it possible to hike/walk down the bluffs to Anini Beach from the houses overlooking the beach? Can you tell me something abouit Kepuhi though? Karen - Lifeguards are on-duty from 9-5 but frequently show up earlier. Hi Jeff - head up to Ke?e or Makua early in the morning for some good snorkeling. Never swim in murky water and never swim in river mouths. Where the road splits to go to Makena Landing (on the right) or the church (to the left), turn to the left. W. Do you recommend diving or snorkeling at Tunnels? @ Lynn: Makua does have a lifeguard. J. I\'m going to be on Kauai from September 7th through the 21st. Can someone tell me what kind of weather it is typically in February at Tunnels beach? Is Tunnels appropriate for beginner not so experience snorkelers? Hi GregB. Hideaway Beach You may want to check it out. This doesn't mean that there won't be calm days perfect for snorkeling. Thanks! My daughter is getting married on Tunnels beach mid june in the evening. Great site and thank you for taking the time to keep it updated. Yes, Kee will be receiving a lifeguard as well, but the exact date is yet to be determined. Parking is at Haena beach park and the father you walk, the more you'll be rewarded with beauty and seclusion. What are the regulations for spearfishing in the area and what edible species do you recommend? The summer sees surf lessening on the North shore, Makua included. Also are there many shark spottings inside the reef? Makua (Tunnels) Beach is 5.5 miles west of Hanalei on a narrow section Highway 560. We had the ceremony at 6:15p which was just perfect to get some golden afternoon photos before the ceremony & breathtaking sunset photos after the wedding. W. Will be on the island second week of June. This 2-mile stretch of beach is located on Kauai’s north shore at Ha’ena Point. You cannot outswim rip currents. Thanks for visiting and posting. Anybody know the name of it? Any guidance you would be greatly appreciated. Poipu is closer to Mahaulepu Trail and Kokee. We plan to take a boat tour of the Na Pali Coast and read that leaving from Hanalei is best for this time of the year. It's all about knowing your ability, fitness, understanding currents, reefs, waves, reefs and channels. Dear Kauai Explorer Staff, Further to my previous question about renewing my wedding vows in September and since we are staying in Kilaulea that one of the beaches up North would be the nicest! I have read a great many of the comments on this site am do not see very many people mentioning that they are visiting in August. Tunnels is an extrodinary break and when the east winds blow it is beyond compare. I just returned home from my week on Kauai, and I have to thank your entire staff for the great job you do on this website. If youre looking for one of the best North Shore snorkeling beaches, look no further than Tunnels Beach- a North Kauai gem that has a coral reef so massive it can be seen from space! W. We drove through the tunnels area yesterday and saw many cars parked along the road. We love yummy healthy food--not greasy spoon, but fresh fish and meat are great. Mahalos. Is there an area with tables/benches? What I read indicated mostly on the west and south shores. My family and I want a warm weather, warm ocean water vacation to swim and snorkel mid july of 2009. To get there you drive down Wailea Alanui Road. Thanks! If you’re driving yourself, parking is easiest in Ha’ena State Park, which has restrooms, showers, lifeguards and occasionally food trucks. To get to Tunnels Beach, make your way to Highway 560 until you reach the 8 mile marker for beach … Will not have internet - is there a surf report hotline? Probably one of our favorite beaches on Kauai. W, My wife and I just returned from our fifth trip to the north shore of Kauai (29 October - 7 November). Kee Beach My question is when the surf is 10-15 ft as it is today is even the shallow reef area of tunnels dangerous? Hi! We have both been certified in the past but let it lapse. Where could a family of various fitness levels go snorkeling? Also what beach is best? It is lush and sees some of the most rain on the island. Where would you recommend the best place to try? Were we all crazy and overly concerned for no reason? Thank you! Thanks and look forward to gracing your shores. Earn free nights, get our Price Guarantee & make booking easier with Hotels.com! This beach fronts the Maui Prince Hotel off Makena Road in South Maui.At the south end of the beach, there is excellent snorkeling, and good diving a bit further out. Thanks! Will that be a problem on the north shore. We will be visiting Kauai and the North Shore (for the first time) in early March '08. Usually 3 mil for me and 5 mil for my wife. Thanks. February can get quite stormy so be ready to wait out some rain or move to another spot. Mahalo nui Chad! I saw beautiful beaches in Kekaha but it could be anywhere else. I'm not gonna predict the rain - but the general mix of rain and sun is quite nice here (keeps things beautiful). Hi Cavalanti's - we will only recommend those companies that graciously sponsor Kauai Explorer. W. Eh, howzit! Though the lifeguards don't officially report the surf to the public until after 9am, you can hear a version of a report via the radio on Kauai Community Radio station in the mornings. Winter is a different matter. Hi Kim - bonfires are not technically legal unless you are cooking something. We plan to stay at the north end of kauai mid to late June. Our kids are 14, 17, and 19--all good swimmers, but not strong ocean swimmers. One guidebook says that it is a breeding ground for sharks! During our stay we had large swells and windy conditions (a good day to drive out to the Kilauea lighthouse, visit the farmers market, and have a smoothie at Banana Joes), calm days with brilliant sunshine, followed by more high surf days in which the lifeguards closed Ke\'e Beach, Makua Beach, and performed a courageous rescue of a swimmer just east of Haena Beach. The great thing about an island is that there is almost always somewhere you can go that is facing AWAY from the current wind and swell. Can you kayak at tunnels beach? I had to figure that out so I could figure out where to stay. Basically I want to explore the island as a backpacker. I hope to snorkel at Tunnels. This is especially true when the tide is lower because less water will move over the outer reef. Makua to Kepuhi is about 2 miles - not so far on the road but tough on the soft Haena sand thanks for the input - this is a really great resource! We will have 2 guests besides us. If people did not feed the fish there would be more diversity of beautiful things to see. Hi Jennifer - it's hard to beat Makua or Kee when the ocean is calm. Know about safety and tune into our reports. Lifeguards have a tower at nearby Haena Beach park. Mahalo for the feedback. Temps in April should be between 74 and 78 degrees. We would like to snorkel as much as possible. Haena Beach Hi Chris - Lydgate and Kealia are accessible. needless to say I am an avid fisherman and would love to experience all that I can. Can you rent snorkel equipment at Tunnels?? Are there many shark siting when snorkeling? Even when the surf is small there are inherent hazards. I WILL BE VISITING HAWAII FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAVE TWO KIDS 4 AND 9 AND WE WERE WONDERING IS THEREANY WILD LIFE ON LAND OR SCORPIAN REPTILIAN ANIMALS TOBE WARE OF. Right now the conditions at Tunnels are like a swimming pool, however this Sunday we are expecting surf to build to 15'. Lots of rentals out here Tim - need more specific info to help you find that same rental. It\\\'s our first time to visit. You can also check out our Daily Ocean Report for current conditions. Is this true? Aloha Sean. All of the North shore points of interest you mention are beautiful. Once you visit this beach you won't want to snorkel anyplace else. Jellyfish can be seen washed up on the shore when they are present. Aloha, Gorgeous water, magnificent view and the little neighborhood you drive through to get to it - across a couple of one-lane bridges is REAL Hawaii. I just want to make sure I pick the right beach before I have to pay for all the permits and insurance fees. Tune in with the surf school and they'll know the best spot to take you for learning. Tunnels is a great place but if you go more down to Haena beach park you have some of the best shore breaking waves on the north shore. I know Tunnels is one of the best for snorkeling. Lava tubes form the many underwater caverns give Tunnels it’s name as well as a magical underwater world to explore. I'm wondering what conditions are normally like in April? There's a chance you'll be able to get some snorkeling in at Tunnels during your stay. Is there a particular day of the week where the crowds are lowest around Tunnels and Ke'e? It would be a long - but beautiful - walk from Ke?e. Find the perfect makua beach stock photo. Can you recommend a section of the beach that would be a great place to get married (slightly less populated, still have views of "Bali Hai" in distance). April-May are transition months from Winter surf to smaller Summer conditions on the North shore. Tunnels Beach, Anahola Beach My daughter (7yrs old) and I are coming to Kauai during her Spring break in April (18-25th). Me and my wife will be there (prob Princeville) in late April/early May. Aloha Emma. Thanks. For Queens Bath in February I recommend extreme caution. Enjoy. Not only is the beach treacherous, but the river mouth is a nursery for baby sharks - so steer clear." Is the outer reef safe for me if surf in low? Hi, Kauai has updated its pre-travel testing program and procedures for both incoming trans-pacific and inter-county travelers. Lifeguarded~ but still check for ocean conditions. We are going back December 26th and will snorkel here again but I will steer clear of the beautiful yet very protective fish! Makua Beach is the second last beach where the road ends (the last one is Yokohama Bay). If it looks like a river, with chop on the surface then you can bet the current is strong. Kauai, Hawaii Picture: Makua Beach, aka “Tunnels Beach,” is one of the amazing beaches found along Kauai’s North Shore. My family of five are going to Kauai for the 1st time!! I have two small children, 4 and 5...and after reading your website, I am concerned about going to the beach. On calm days this is some of the best snorkeling on Kauai. Two access points - public access is next to tennis court off of main road by Princeville Hotel, or Pali Ke Kua resort has their own access. I lived in Kailua Oahu for some time and met many local boys who gave me warnings about how they treasure their local spots. Thanks for you input. Is there a way to get a surf report before making the hour + drive? Looks pretty cool to head down in the am do some snorkeling and start the day. Fuji Beach You will be rewarded by some areas where there are few (or no) poeple. Makua Beach Hotels Flights to Hanalei Things to do in Hanalei Makua Beach Car Rentals Hanalei Vacation Packages Anyone travelling to Hawaii is required to have a government Safe Travels account and self-quarantine for 10 days. Ask scp427 about Yokohama Bay. Don't park in no-parking areas or you'll probably get a ticket. The young woman got tossed a bit and was soon looking distressed, but managed to get herself back out. One could also walk on the road. Hanalei Pine Trees As far as safety, if you are smart and prudent it is very safe. When conditions are good the outer rim is awesome. 1. Aloha Aptivus. Sorry, we don't answer questions about rentals here. I'm also concerned about vog. 1) per Google Earth it doesn\'t look like that far of a walk to Makua from Kepuhi - can you confirm? It may be that tunnels is better for snorkeling then Poipu and vice-versa. For incredible snorkeling on Kauai’s North Shore, go to Tunnels Beach, especially during the summer months, when the waters are calm. Tomorrow night 30 Dec. - 31 Dec. Visiting in early March and would love to be able to snorkel at Tunnels if conditions allow sometime during my visit. I would like to spend one week on the north shore, near hidewaybeach,for snorkeling. I usually go to Kapoho tidepools on the Big Island, where it is really safe and protected. I've been on several sights that say that there is not lifeguard. Beautiful beach with huge reef. Who do you recommend for surf lesson and water suitable for a average swimmer. All the best to you and your wonderful staff. I also had on leggings with sunblock. Post more signs! J. I would like surfing lesson. Dangerous conditions occur not just because of surf height, wind and tide are also factors. One of the best snorkeling spots on the island. Hawaiian oceans are not be be taken lightly. My wife and I will be spending five weeks on Kauai in September-October. It will still have beach goers. They are 11 and 13 and pretty good snorkelers. Do you know when this is expected to start? It was my favorite day on the island! Sunsets here are dreamy and irresistably photogenic. How is the weather during the first 2 weeks of march? Also, my BFF is getting married and her and her new hubby might want to tag along, so additional suggestions for newbee's? Try Google maps. planing a trip to Hanalei Bay on May 1st. I did not rent yet. What part of the island should we stay at if we want to snorkel and learn how to surf? Is it possible to reserve a space at this beach for a picnic? Stacey. Problems happen when people blindly go in the water or near rocks with no experience whatsoever. I am planning a trip for Feb '09. It could be calm, there could be surf. Think in terms of $2,500 to $10K weekly. We will coming in September, will the snorkeling be safe at the tunnels this time of year. Ive heard and witnessed the groups that seemed to be patrolling Kee and the parking spots at Lumahai. It had the best snorkeling on the island! Mar 26, 2014 - Tunnels (Makua) Beach is located on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii and known for big wave surfing, snorkeling, beach walks and sunset, Tunnels is one of Best Beaches in Kauai. How experienced would you say someone has to be to surf these breaks? we are planning a trip to Kauai, our second trip. Traffic can be heavy at times. Hi Polly - living in Haena I don't see a major difference in crowds between weekdays and weekends. Visiting Kauai with my wife at the end of October and first part of November. We go to Oahu to party but love Kauai for the outdoor lifestyle. I so look forward to my upcoming trip and plan on using this web site before heading to a beach. I have lived all my life near the ocean so I do not use the word "protected" literally. I own a PDF. This is a little piece of heaven. Since parking is limited , which beach should I choose between tunnel and kee beach for snorkling( clear water and more fish) How early should I arrive to secure a parking space? @ Swezin: During the summer, surf at this beach is generally small and good for snorkeling. Check prices close to Makua Beach for tonight, 29 Dec. - 30 Dec. When is the worst time to camp at Haena Beach ? Scuba divers explore the Tunnels in the reef below. Any recommendations? Thanks! HI..we are planning to go to Kauai in June. We live on a beautiful and quiet San Juan Island, we don't enjoy crowds or city life and prefer to hike,sail, snorkel, explore... We have kids from age 10 to 14. Hi M - each island is uniquely beautiful. Sounds like snorkeling conditions may be hit or miss. Also over the winter period, is there surf pretty much most days? 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