Tunnels Beach is Majestic, Picturesque and as Postcard Perfect as it gets.
Tunnels Beach (Makua Beach) located at Ha'ena Point on Kauai's north shore is a postcard worthy stretch of golden sand flanked by ironwood trees, tropical palms and lush mountains. More than one movie has used Tunnels Beach as backdrop including the movie "South Pacific."
You will find some of the best snorkeling on Kauai at Tunnels Beach. Lava tubes form the many underwater caverns give Tunnels its name as well as a magical underwater world to explore. The shallow inner reef is great for the novice and children, while the outer reefs are exhilarating for the more advanced divers and snorkelers.
To reach the beach:
Drive west of Princeville on 560 and go 1.1 miles west of the Hanalei Colony Resort. Drive past the 8 mile marker where there are two dirt roads you can park on. Parking is legal on all country roads. Look for the first one at about 0.4 miles past the 8 mile marker and the second road at nearly 0.6 miles past the marker. Don’t park on the highway or you’ll be ticketed.
Make sure you arrive early if you want a good spot. If all the good spots are taken, then you can park at Haena Beach Park. There are no facilities available at Tunnels Beach. Ha’ena Beach Park has restrooms, showers and picnic tables but we don’t recommend swimming since there is no reef protection from the waves.