Hanalei Bay Spot Guide

Hanalei Bay Guide

About Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is the focus of Kauai surfing, providing a range of waves in a small area. Below deluxe Princeville Resort is the righthand pointbreak that everyone wants to ride, crowding the sections of Impossible, Flat Rock and The Bowl on all sizes of board. Speed is king at Hanalei once it gets overhead and maintaining speed through the curvaceous barrels and racetrack walls is key. As size increases, so too does the possibility of linking up the 3 take-off points, but getting caught behind will result in a long journey as the tough current sweeps over the shallow lava/coral bottom and deposits you in the Bowl channel. Good trade wind protection and handles rugged size but it’s a very long paddle and of course, every wave is over-subscribed so the locals are often aggressive. If there's no space, the bay has an embarrassment of riches - try Waikokos wicked lefts, Middles deepwater cracking peaks, Pinetrees perfect walls or head out on the 'skis for some tow in action at Kings and Queens.

Highly consistent with crowds to match.

User Rating
  • Stormrider Guide for Hanalei Bay
  • Low to Mid Tide Low to Mid Tide
  • Right-hand break over submerged reef Right-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand Sand
  • NW - NE NW - NE
  • South Easterly South Easterly
  • 20 2 Swell Range 2 - 20ft

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview