Tunnels Beach has to be one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world and one of my favorite beaches in Kauai. There are no services, no public showers, no restrooms, and there's hardly any parking, but once you're there, you're in paradise so bring some drinks and anything else you'll need. With the backdrop of "Bali Hai" and the protective reef, you won't want to leave; at least not until you've seen the sunset.
Sunset at Tunnels Beach, Kauai
Tunnels is a great place to sit on the beach and enjoy the show as the sun drops into the Pacific Ocean. For anyone that has experienced it, the north shore of Kauai is magical and nowhere more so than at Tunnels.
Tunnels gets its name from both the underwater lava formations and for the surf break which surfers compare to a tunnel. Bring your snorkel mask and fins because this is one of the best places for snorkeling and diving and you'll see lots of fish, wildlife and a maze of coral and lava formations.
Tunnels is also a favorite spot for windsurfing and Kauai kite surfing but leave this to the experts. There are safer surf breaks on Kauai for beginners.
To get to Tunnels Beach, drive west from Princeville towards Ke'e Beach. The road past Tunnels is too narrow to park along; don't try it or you'll get towed. Although there are a couple of turn offs with some parking, the best advice is to continue past Tunnels and park at Haena Beach Park (across from the Dry Caves). From there, walk back east along the beach about a quarter mile. If you have questions, ask the life guard at the park.