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Black Pot Beach Park (Hanalei Pier)

Top choice in Hanalei

The short easternmost stretch of Hanalei Bay, alongside the rivermouth, usually offers the calmest surf among the wild North Shore swells, and is popular with novice surfers. It's also known as Hanalei Pier for its unmistakable landmark jetty, perfect for a sunset stroll. In summer, swimming, snorkeling and SUP are decent – though the river itself can carry bacteria. Kayakers launch from a boat ramp on the river.

Although the beach has re-opened after a year-long closure following the 2018 floods, its camping facilities remained closed at press time.

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