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Hanalei Bay picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay beach picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay pier picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay beach picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay pier picture in Kauai
Hanalei Bay picture in Kauai

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Hanalei Bay is located about 4 miles southwest of Princeville, one of the island's premier resort areas. Hanalei Bay is composed of three different beaches: Waioli Beach Park, Hanalei Beach Park and Black Pot Beach, the latter of which is sandwiched between the historic Hanalei Pier and the mouth of the Hanalei River. Travelers say they didn't notice much of a difference between the three beaches, noting that unless there are signs posting otherwise, it's safe to swim. Lifeguards can be found at multiple points along the beach and bathroom facilities are also on-site. And just a few blocks south on Kuhio Highway, travelers will find many more amenities, including dining options, shopping, as well as various water sport rentals, including kayaks and catamarans. If you're looking to surf in Kauai, know that this spot is loved by locals.

It's important to note that while Hanalei is safe for swimming, conditions vary by season. Travelers who visited during winter said that the waves were a lot rougher, while those who came in the summer said the waters were calm. Always pay attention to signs posted by lifeguards and never swim at night. There are no set hours for Hanalei Bay and it is free to visit, even if you're not a guest at one of the bay's hotels. Because the beach is so big, visitors say the beach doesn't get too crowded, but warned that there isn't a whole lot of parking in the area, so be sure to get there early to score a spot. And even if you're not up for swimming, surfing or boating, travelers say the beach's unparalleled beauty  especially considering its sweeping views of the nearby mountains – are more than worth the journey. For more information on Hanalei Bay, visit the Hawaii tourism website

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