Ke'e Beach

NileGuide Expert Says:

Check it out and don't forget the snorkel and mask. It's a picturesque location.

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end of Kuhio Highway
Kauai, HI 96714



NileGuide Expert tip:

Ke'e is best between 8 and 11 A.M., or evening time for the sunset.


Snorkeling, sand, and sun awaits at the end of the road. Located at the north end of the Na Pali Coast, Ke'e Beach is home to a unique natural swimming pool thanks to a reef protecting it from the open ocean. Like most beaches on Kaua'i, swimmers and snorkelers need to be careful, but the snorkeling here is some of the best on the north side. Snorkelers can explore in the pool and very experienced snorkelers can go outside of it and explore the open ocean. A lifeguard watches over the beach here and there are also restrooms and showers.

Parking is extremely limited here so it's hit or miss, but the beach is worth the wait. One of the reasons parking is scarce is that the Kalalau trail head is also here so many cars are left for the day or overnight. Strolling to the right eventually leads to the former site of an old hippie camp called Taylor Camp where they lived on the beach for almost a decade in tree houses and living without rules. Ke'e is also an ideal place to watch the sunset.


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