Hanalei Bay offers hours, even days of beach-based enjoyment with its soft sand, clear water, and rugged cliff backdrop. Because the bay itself stretches for two miles, however, it can be difficult to know where, exactly, to hang out during a leisurely day at the beach. This is particularly difficult when you prioritize peace and quiet.
Thankfully, several tranquil spaces are available along Hanalei Bay — you just need to know which stretches of sand are most likely to fulfill your expectations.
If you desire a peaceful spot with a local feel and lots of recreational opportunities, look no further than Waioli Beach. Sometimes referred to as Pine Trees on Hanalei Bay, this local hangout provides all the essentials: picnic tables, restrooms, and even volleyball courts. Lifeguards are also onsite, so you can feel confident if you choose to hit the water.
Waioli Beach may provide ample opportunities to soak in the sun, but this beach is best known among locals as Hanalei’s premier surfing spot. The waves here are larger than those found in other sections of Hanalei Bay. As such, they tend to attract intermediate and advanced surfers.
During the winter, novices should avoid surfing at Waioli Beach and try the more accommodating area near the pier instead. Likewise, swimming at this beach is best reserved for the summer months, when the water is a bit calmer.
If you prefer to remain on dry land, you’ll be pleased by the excellent vantage point that Waioli Beach provides. In addition to the cliffs in the distance, you can watch the talented surfers show off their skills.
Feel free to pack a blanket and a picnic basket so you can enjoy lunch on the beach’s grassy area while you observe the surfers or simply take in the natural scenery.
If you prefer to eat out on your way to or from the beach, you can also hit up Kalypso Island Bar & Grill, which is located less than a mile away. Still, there’s something to be said for a leisurely beach-based picnic.
Whether your idea of the perfect beach excursion involves the excitement of surfing or the leisure of sunbathing, you will find plenty to love about Waioli Beach. After visiting this local hangout, you’ll thank yourself for venturing beyond Hanalei Pier and exploring some of the bay’s lesser-known spots.
-Multiple parking lots are available near the beach. The larger of the two can be found on Hee Road, although a small parking area is also available on Anae Road. Many visitors park closer to the pier and happen upon Waioli Beach while strolling along the bay.
-The late professional surfer Andy Irons learned his craft at Waioli Beach. Keep an eye out for the beach’s tributes to this iconic surfer, including a meaningful mural painted by the talented impressionist artist (and fellow surfer) Kevin Ancell.