This Hawaii Destination Is A Great Spot For Your Next Swimming Adventure

When the weather gets colder, many of us reminisce about the lazy days of summer. Perhaps you're dreaming of a beautiful beach vacation, sand between your toes, salt water in your hair, stunning ocean views, and, best of all, swimming in crystal blue waters. It doesn't have to be a dream, no matter the current season. A gorgeous destination in Hawai'i is just perfect for your next swimming adventure. 

On the island of Kauai, there is a beautiful place called Hanalei Bay, a crescent-shaped area on the North Shore, the biggest bay on the island. The bay has three stunning beaches, each with unique qualities and plenty of stuff to do, including swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, picnic areas, snorkeling, and more. There is even an area that is perfect for kids to swim. Let's take a look at the beaches of Hanalei Bay, what you can do there, and what you need to know before you go. 

The beaches of Hanalei Bay

There are three main beaches in Hanalei Bay: Black Pot, Wai'oli, and Waikokos. Black Pot Beach is named after a large, black cooking vessel used to cook fish during festivities on the beach. Tree trimming has removed some shade, but you can access a grassy area with picnic tables and a public restroom with showers. It's a popular spot that lets you drive right up, meaning you won't have a long trip with your gear. Don't miss the sunset views, which include the mountains in the distance. The water is usually calm, making it perfect for swimming, plus it has a lifeguard. It also gives you access to Hanalei Pier, which has been around in some form since 1892. There is no entrance fee at the time of publication.

Wai'oli's white sand beach is in the middle of the bay and is great for surfing, particularly in Pine Trees. Keep in mind that winter waves are strong here, and surfing is best left to experts. This area of the beach doesn't have a lifeguard. If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path, Waikoko Beach is usually less crowded, with a little bit of a climb down towards the sand. There is shade, a little lagoon, and parking, though it doesn't have restrooms.

Here's what to know if you're heading to the Bay

Hanalei Bay has 2 miles of lovely beaches and views; in some areas, it is up to 125 feet wide. Not only do you have sight of the stunning mountains, but you can see Bali Ha'i, aka Makana, which might sound familiar if you know the musical "South Pacific." Do keep in mind that these are popular beaches, so it's worth going early. You can visit these beaches all year, but the winter has rougher waters. You can even rent a kayak, but it's worth getting an experienced guide if you haven't done it before. 

If your swimming adventure pulls you towards snorkeling, there is much to see, particularly at Wai'oli Beach. The fish include damselfish, green wrasse, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, eels, and even green sea turtles. The weather is lovely all year round on Kauai, with the average high between 78 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit and lows between 67 degrees Fahrenheit and 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, the water is the calmest during the summer and fall.