Ke'e Beach
Ke'e Beach
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Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Along with Polihale State Park, Ke'e Beach is the safest beach to access for prime Napali views. Ke'e Beach is conveniently situated at the Kalalau trailhead, offering beachgoers sweeping views of the Napali cliffs from the comfort of the sand instead of the muddy Kalalau Trail. Unlike Polihale State Park, there are lifeguards posted here and depending on the time of year, it is safe to swim and snorkel, so long as you keep close to the shore. The beach also offers restrooms and showers, though due to its close proximity to the cliffs, there is no cell phone service.

Because of its stunning north shore location, recent visitors couldn't help but fall in love with Ke'e Beach. But remember, because of its location at the Kalalau Trailhead, this beach does see considerable traffic. Some recent visitors noted that parking here is exceptionally difficult. There is only one parking lot for the trailhead and the beach, so if you want to avoid a parking headache, visitors suggest you arrive as early as 10 a.m.  

Another great time to go is at sunset. By then, many of the hikers have gone and there is more parking available. Visitors say the sunsets at Ke'e Beach, which are made spectacular thanks to the Napali cliffs, are awe-inspiring and worth the evening trip.

You can find Ke'e Beach at the end of the Kuhio Highway in northern Kauai. There are no set hours or admission fees to access Ke'e Beach. For more information on Ke'e Beach, visit the Hawaii tourism board's website.

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Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park
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#1 Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park

Waimea Canyon, aptly nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," should be at the top of every traveler's itinerary. This 14-mile-long, mile-wide and approximately 3,600-feet deep gorge is awash with spectacular scenery difficult to find elsewhere on the Hawaiian islands. Here, you'll find craggy red cliffsides and crested buttes blanketed in lush, evergreen vegetation as far as the eye can see, with waterfalls and rivers dotted in between. Most travelers who visit Waimea Canyon choose to take in the sight by car, as there are multiple lookout points situated along Koke'e Road, including the popular Waimea Canyon and Puu Hinahina lookout points. If you're hoping to explore outside your car, there are trails in the canyon that range from easy to difficult. Many trailheads can be found off of Koke'e Road, with some, including the Cliff Trail Lookout and the Waipo'o Falls Trail, accessible from the Pu'u Hinahina lookout point. 

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