Relax at Tunnels Beach, Kauai

Tunnels Beach, Hanalei, Hawaii, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Diving

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic

Tunnels Beach offers a great inner reef area with calmer waters for swimming and kids. The outer reef offers snorkeling and diving.

Makua, aka Tunnels, is known for its incredible mountain scenery. This beach also offers great snorkeling, where people will usually see turtles. Public parking, bathrooms and showers are available at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels. Be sure to head to the beach early, parking on the town's streets can be a little challenging.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Snorkel gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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We stopped here to snorkel and swim and were not disappointed. There were tons of fish and two sea turtles while we were there. Theres also a great shallow area if you have little kids with you.

5 months ago
5 months ago

Loved the beach + the drive to it! It can be confusing once you get there on what beach is actually tunnels (it's where all the coral is, not the farthest left side of the beach) but once you find It; you'll get crystal clear waters, turtles and a snorkelers heaven of all kids of fishes.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Great place to catch rays and relax till sunset!

9 months ago
9 months ago

I love this beach. My sister and I camped here and slept in our hammocks! Awesome place to play in the waves, and great hikes near by!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is my favorite spot on Kauai. We have gone while staying in Princeville and even did the drive from Poipu Beach to spend another day there. The snorkeling is some of the best on the island and we saw lots of turtles. We also had two endangered monk seals entertain us in the waves right on shore one of the days. The views and mountain surrounding are incredible. One of my favorite spots that I have ever been to.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Tunnels Beach had some of the best snorkeling during our trip. Be sure to get to the parking lot really early in the AM. It fills up fast and once it fills up your options are limited to none because parking is illegal along the main residential road.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

This is definitely a great place for little ones. There are a couple of alley ways where you can park close to the beach. These are private alleys leading into private properties, but they allow parking. Get here early, or at 11ish, when some people start leaving for lunch.

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

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