Ke'e Beach is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling and is one of the must see beaches on the north shore of Kauai. Its warm, gentle waters are ideal for a casual dip or for viewing an abundance of fish and underwater wildlife, including turtles and the occasional monk seal. Ke'e is the beginning of the rugged Na Pali Coastline. When swimming and snorkeling here, avoid getting too close to the far left side of the beach where the currents can pull you around the point towards Na Pali without a way to get back.
Ke'e Beach and the Na Pali Coast
Because of its popularity and because it's the starting point for hiking Na Pali, don't be surprised to see hundreds of cars in the parking lot. It's getting harder and harder to park close to the beach. A second parking lot exists about a half mile from the beach if you don't mind walking. But even when the lots are both full, don't worry about finding a spot on the beach. Ke'e is long and wide and most of the cars belong to people hiking the trail. Keep in mind that a large crowd arrives to watch the sunset and then leaves just after it goes down. Arrive early if you want to get a better place to park. The views of Na Pali are best if you walk to the far right side of the beach.
How to Pronounce Ke`e: Pronounce both "e"s in Ke`e with the hard "a" sound so that they rhyme with bay). There is a glottal stop between the "e"s so you stop the sound like between the expression "Oh Oh!"
To get to Ke'e Beach, drive west from Princeville through Hanalei and Haena until you reach the end of the road.
Ke'e Beach, Kauai
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Pictures and Comments By Doug Porter