Snorkeling at Ke'e Beach at Ha'ena State Park, North Kauai - Hawaii
Blog Post - November 11, 2021
We were so excited to go to Ke'e Beach to go snorkeling and to hang out at a beautiful beach.
You now have to make a reservation to get into Ha'ena State Park and that's where Ke'e Beach is located.
You have to book a parking pass and permit or shuttle pass and permit to visit this beach. The parking passes are hard to get and they are only for a few hours. The shuttle is the other option and that gives you access from 7am to 5pm.
We booked a shuttle with a permit to visit at $35 per person.
This is the website to book it: GoHaena.com
The shuttle leaves from Waipa Park and Ride in Hanalei. The address is 5-5631 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714.
This is what the Waipa Park and Ride looks like:
The shuttle dropped us off at the Ha'ena State Park parking lot.
As you walk over to the pavilion, there is a wood boardwalk path that takes you to Ke'e Beach.
As you walk the trail, you'll see signs pointing you in the right direction.
Right before Ke'e Beach, there is a bathroom and showers.
There is the last sign where you turn right and follow a short trail to Ke'e Beach.
This is the view as you walk out onto Ke'e Beach.
We decided to do some snorkeling as we had heard that there was a good coral reef here. As we went out into the water, it was crystal clear.
We got out of the water and decided to explore the rest of the beach. The farther you walk down the beach the fewer people you will find.
This is the view from the end of Ke'e Beach.
If you climb the Kalalau Trail for 1/4 of a mile, this is the amazing view you have of Ke'e Beach.
Overall, we loved this beach and would highly recommend going on your next trip to Kauai!
You have to make a reservation at GoHaena.com for either
- Shuttle + Entry Pass (Convenient | More Availability) Includes State Parks entry pass. $35 adults age 16+, $25 ages 4-15, ages under 3 free on lap.
- Parking + Entry Pass (Very Limited Availability) Limited parking. Lot fills up quickly. All ticketed passengers must arrive together in your vehicle for parking reservations to grant park entry (no multiple trips). Multiple vehicles must make separate reservations for each vehicle. $10/timeslot (plus $5 entry passes for everyone in the vehicle).
Total cost: $70 for 2 adults
We also hiked the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach the same day to get the most out of the $70 spent.
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Bring a plenty of water and some snacks
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- Bring sunscreen
- Bring a beach towel
- Bring your own mask, snorkel, and fins.
- This video was filmed with a Go Pro Hero 9 Black video camera
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