Destination guide

Hollywood loves Hanalei Bay

Famous as the backdrop to the movie South Pacific, Hanalei Bay has been one of Hollywood's go-to locations in Hawaii since the 1940s. Curving around Kauai's northern reaches, this lush, palm-lined bay is also the start of the dazzling Napali Coast. Get your Hawaiian adventure off to a great start by booking a Hanalei Bay vacation rental with movie star views. Doze in a hammock slung between the palms, take a helicopter flight over the Jurassic-style Napali Coast, or pad around the Na Aina Kau Botanical Gardens - Hanalei Bay makes for a star-studded vacation.

Things to do

Lei down some memories in Hanalei Bay

There's more to life on Kauai than just bumming about on the beach. Budding botanists will enjoy a daytrip to Limahuli Garden and Preserve, one of Hawaii's 5 National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Located inland from Ha'ena State Park, it's also known as Bali Hai after its appearance in South Pacific. The gardens are crammed with native Polynesian plants, including banana and breadfruit trees, paper mulberry, and taro terraces. As the sun starts to dip, head up to Hanalei Valley lookout for sunset, one of the most beautiful (and photographed) spots on the island.

Activities

Say Aloha to treasure island bliss

It's all about beach life in Hawaii. Known as the Garden Island, Kauai is renowned for its lush interior, craggy coastline, and some of the best beaches in America. Banked by rugged mountains and taro fields, the half moon-shaped Hanalei Bay is regarded as one of the finest beaches on Kuaui. Book a beachfront Hanalei vacation rental and have the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean lapping at your feet. Book a dolphin or whale watching excursion, or if you're feeling energetic, try one of the classic Hawaiian sports, like paddleboarding or surfing.

Weather

Things are hotting up in Hanalei Bay

Like the rest of Hawaii, Kauai is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it a great destination for any season. As a tropical island, it can still very humid, and of course, the island's lush foliage doesn't grow without a decent amount of rainfall. The driest months are between April and September, when Hanalei vacation rentals get booked up in advance. For many, the best time to visit Kauai is either spring or fall, especially between September and November, when the beaches are quiet but the weather is a stable and sunny 80 degrees.

Natural features

Hanalei Bay is Hawaiian heaven for hikers

On Kauai's north shore, Hanalei Bay is sandwiched between lush, Jurassic mountains and the twinkling turquoise of the Pacific Ocean. It's also the gateway to the epic Napali Coast, which is only accessible by foot, boat, or helicopter. The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge in Hanalei River Valley, is home to endangered indigenous birds, including the Hawaiian duck, coot, and stilt. The visitors center is the starting point for hiking the Okolehau Trail, a 2.5-mile hike up to 1,250 feet, for magnificent views of the Hanalei Valley and the Napali Coast.

Where to stay around Hanalei Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,509 vacation rentals near Hanalei Bay. From 379 Houses to 28 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hanalei Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hanalei Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hanalei Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kauai: 4,079 vacation rentals
  • Princeville: 1,560 vacation rentals
  • Kapaa: 2,477 vacation rentals
  • Hanalei Bay Resort: 96 vacation rentals
  • North Shore: 2,328 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hanalei Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hanalei Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hanalei Bay:

  • Princeville: 1,560 rentals
  • Kapaa: 2,477 rentals
  • Koloa: 1,505 rentals
  • Kilauea: 1,571 rentals
  • Waimea: 4,078 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hanalei Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Hanalei Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Princeville Center: 2,456 rentals
  • Maniniholo Dry Cave: 2,168 rentals
  • Koke'e State Park: 1,576 rentals
  • Na Pali Coast State Park: 1,570 rentals
  • Hanalei Pier: 2,342 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hanalei Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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