Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Waikoko Beach is a hidden beach that lies off the beaten path. Most travelers along Kuhio Highway will drive right by a few cars pulled off on an unsigned shoulder along the road without giving the area much thought. However this scenic bay is an amazing spot for lying out and spending the afternoon beside a wide calm area at the western end of Hanalei Bay.

From the parking area, a couple short steep trails descend to the water. From here, the sandy shore curves around to a cluster of black rocks and the edge of the reef that keeps the waters here calm. A single home emerges from the tropical foliage at the beach's edge. 

While the water is calm, the whole cove tends to be pretty shallow with reefs along much of the bottom, so it's not a good beach for swimming at all, and if you're looking to head out into the water you should make sure to have some type of foot protection on. There is some okay snorkeling in parts if you can walk out past the shallow reef areas. But large trees line the edge of the cove, covering the beach with wide, shaded canopies. It's a great beach for laying out at, with views of scenic Hanalei Bay across the water but none of the crowds that flock to those beaches. And the cove is perfect for getting out and sitting down to cool off after lying out on those hot afternoons.

There are no amenities of any kind at the beach. Trails are unsigned and unmarked. Once you're parked on the shoulder, keep an eye over the railing for the paths leading down to the water.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Low crowds. Scenic area.


Shallow beach.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


Snorkeling / SCUBA
Big vistas



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