Ke’e Beach

Experience the enchanting Ke’e Beach in Hanalei, Kauai, where lush mountains meet crystal-clear waters. Snorkel, hike the Kalalau Trail, or explore nearby Limahuli Garden.

Ke'e Beach is a Beach located in the city of Hanalei on Kauai, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Ke’e Beach


  • Overview: Ke’e Beach, nestled in the picturesque city of Hanalei on Kauai, Hawaii, is a breathtaking destination that offers both natural beauty and a rich cultural history. This must-see beach is located at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore, making it a serene and captivating spot for visitors to the island.
  • Highlights: The stunning combination of lush green mountains, crystal clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs sets Ke’e Beach apart from other sites in Kauai. Its unique location at the beginning of the famous Kalalau Trail adds to its allure, making it a favorite among hikers and beachgoers alike.
  • Activities: Visitors to Ke’e Beach can enjoy snorkeling in the protected lagoon, exploring the nearby Limahuli Garden and Preserve, or embarking on the Kalalau Trail for an unforgettable hike along the Na Pali Coast.
  • Information: Ke’e Beach is open year-round with no entrance fees. However, parking is limited, and a parking permit is required for the Haena State Park lot. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the surf is calmer, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming.
  • History & Significance: Ke’e Beach holds a special place in Hawaiian history as it was once considered the edge of the world in ancient times. It is also home to the sacred heiau (temple) of Ka Ulu a Paoa, where the legendary hero Lohiau, lover of the goddess Pele, is said to have been buried.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Ke’e Beach, arrive early to secure a parking spot and avoid the crowds. Additionally, be aware of the changing ocean conditions, as strong currents and high surf can occur, especially during the winter months. Don’t forget to pack reef-safe sunscreen to protect yourself and the delicate coral ecosystem.

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