Makua Beach / Tunnels Beach

5 stars from 6 reviews
Address Along Kuhio Highway (Hwy 560), Haena, HI 96714
Secluded beach, great for snorkeling during calm seas. Parking is terrible, but we have a solution.

• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Poor / Few
• Good For: Scuba Diving • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: SUP

Full Description
Looking for a secluded beach with great snorkeling, then Makua Beach, or Tunnels Beach as it's better known, is for you. This is an excellent hidden beach in the Haena area on the north shore of Kaua'i. It would likely see larger crowds if the parking situation wasn't so bad. And it is bad so let's start with that.

There are a couple of small place to park off the Kuhio Highway just south of our pinpoint (see map / directions page) for the beach is which is fairly easy to see from the road (a second is a bit further west down the road). Go early enough and you might be one of the few spots there. More likely is that it will be full and possibly even have a few cars waiting for a spot to open up.

The better and easier option is just to drive further west down the road to Ha'ena Beach Park / Maniniholo Beach which is likely to have plenty of parking. From there walk towards the ocean and head right on the sand to our map pin point and you're at tunnels. Sure, it's a bit of a walk along the beach but the parking is so much better this way.

The snorkeling hear can be excellent if the ocean is calm so it's worth the trip for sure but there is no lifeguard here so you're on your own. On that note, there aren't any facilities at all here but you will find showers and bathrooms nearby at Ha'ena Beach Park / Maniniholo Beach.

The beach itself is very long and there should be plenty of room to spread out, because even with the bad parking situation this place is no secret and does attract plenty of beach fans (especially on the weekends).

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
A truly awesome beach on Kauai. It's too bad the parking situation has to be so bad and that you have to walk a bit west to have any facilities. Still, it's one to check out.
rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
I love coming to tunnels beach. It is very beautiful. Parking up on the north shore can be a pain, but once you get a spot the beach and views are so gorgeous. We like to comb the beach for shells, swim, and just hang out on the beach and enjoy the view.
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
Likes Received: 8
This beach can be a little busy as tourists explore the tunnels which are actually caves. The caves are interesting to walk inside for a short distance and are quite safe for all. The beach itself is near the beginning of the scenic Napali Cliffs and can also be busy but there is lots of room. There are washrooms and food trucks available. Interesting sand dunes are created by the waves. Enjoy.
Pam S
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 3
A beautiful beach with green mossy mountains as your backdrop. Often seals rest on the beach and if you look closely, you are sure to spot a turtle swimming. Snorkeling is great, even in rougher waters there are pockets of calmness within the reef.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Gorgeous beach with epic backdrop. The scenery here is uniquely Kauai. It's a bit reefy, so good for snorkeling. Nice place to take the family and spend a half day. If your staying on the Hanalei side of Kauai, this is beautiful place to relax and enjoy the scenery. Recommended.
Gene C
Joined: Apr 2015
Reviews: 18
Likes Received: 0
One of my favorite beaches. Love the snorkeling here and just a beautiful beach overall.
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