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Haena Beach Park

Haena Beach Park
Picnics, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Surfing, Body Boarding, Camping
Haena Beach Park
Public Restrooms, Public Parking, Dirt Parking Lot, Public Showers (Cold), Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Campsites, Lifeguard, Drinking Water, Covered Pavilion

Haena Beach Park - Kauai

Haena Beach Park is a favorite camping spot for both visitors and locals. This beach is a favorite  the North Shore of Kauai, the park sits at the edge of the Na Pali coast (fantastic views) and is just a short walk to the famous snorkeling and swimming beach Tunnels . Haena is a small park (about 5.5 acres). It offers a grassy picnic area with tables and benches, restrooms, cold showers, shady trees and camping spots.

Nearby trees provide shady places to relax and sun bath. This beach isn’t the best for recreational swimming, however, due to the seafloor’s sudden drop-off and the pounding shorebreak waves that often form when a swell is running. Surfing is sometimes good but only for those who are very experienced. (See Cannons Beach) There are two large reefs offshore to the east (Makua Reef) and to the west (Hauwa Reef) but Haena Beach itself is not protected by a reef. This means Haena Beach is exposed to open ocean waves that can create a dangerous conditions.

The beach at Haena has beautiful golden sand and panoramic views, but visitors are urged to use extreme caution when swimming here.

Green vegetated sand dunes line the backshore of the beach and trees fronting the beach provide plenty of shady places to relax. Just across the road from the beach is the Maniholo Dry Cave which is fun to explore. A short walk along the beach to the east from Haena Beach leads to Tunnels beach which has great snorkeling.

You may see backpackers at Haena Beach Park before they begin their journey to the Kalalau Valley. This valley is reached by hiking the Na Pali Coast trail that begins at the end of the road about one mile west of the park near Ke'e Beach.


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Map & Directions

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This beach is one of the easy to find north shore beaches in Kauai. You can't miss it mainly because it's a large open area, with a huge cliff and cave to inside of the highway. Please park in a spot, not in the road, as it can get real congested with rental cars and people. If you are heading to tunnels, you can hike along the beach, or walk along the road (our preferred method) to get there. These two beaches really blend together, but the water is generally much calmer near tunnels (thanks to the huge reefs).

From South
Take Hwy 560 west from Princeville past Hanalei. Haena Beach Park is located just before Mile Maker 9 right alongside the highway. You will see a decent parking lot and a large cave to the left.

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Haena Beach Park Safety

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Because there is no reef protecting this beach, currents and waves can be very powerful and often dangerous. Haena Beach Park should only be used for swimming when the water is calm. Summer months tend to be the calmest.  Never go in the ocean during times of high surf or rough seas.

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