Makua Beach (Tunnels)

A.K.A. Ha‘ena Beach Park, Tunnels • Photo by Wasabi
Hanalei Bay

Makua is known for its incredible mountain scenery featured in the movie, "South Pacific." A great snorkeling beach, Tunnels has something for everyone. The shallow inner reef is great for the novice and children, while the outer reefs are exhilarating for the more advanced divers and snorkelers. Tunnels gets its name from the surfers who have seen the tube and divers who have found the caverns. Public parking, bathrooms and showers at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels.

CAMPING PERMITS

Visit Kaua‘i County's website for info and applications

Things To Do
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Shell searching
  • Paddling
  • Beach walks
  • Family days
  • Camping
Cool Because

On calm days this is some of the best snorkeling on Kauai.

Hazards

Strong currents. Dangerous waves breaking on rocks, ledges and reefs. Sharp coral.

Topography

Mostly sandy shoreline. Mixed reef and sand underwater.

Not Good For

Learning to surf or bodyboard. While the reefs at Tunnels create perfectly formed waves (usually during the winter), the shallow and sharp reefs also present extreme hazards to even the most experienced surfers.

Surf Forecast

1-2 ft.

Read full ocean report

User Rating

Click a star to vote

3.2 / 5 (626 votes)

lifeguarded

become a sponsor

Your Questions Answered!

The Explorer's Guide to Kauai answers all the frequently asked questions from the discussions on this website, including the questions you didn't know to ask. Plus, there's detailed Kauai vacation maps and neighborhood info...Show me!

Let's Discuss (386 comments)

leave a comment

D. Dawson

Oct 17, 2006 11:05AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Oct 23, 2006 4:11PM

Kelly Noonan

Nov 03, 2006 11:18AM

Karen

Nov 04, 2006 10:13AM

Monica

Nov 09, 2006 6:53PM

Phil Chung

Nov 11, 2006 9:00AM

lori Guidone

Nov 15, 2006 4:33PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 17, 2006 3:17PM

Lenore Horowitz

Dec 07, 2006 10:08AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Dec 13, 2006 10:26AM

Jennifer

Dec 28, 2006 7:14PM

Fred Barrow

Jan 15, 2007 9:32AM

Philip Deffer

Jan 17, 2007 12:16PM

Ernie

Jan 17, 2007 9:42PM

Joette

Jan 28, 2007 11:36PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 30, 2007 12:40PM

Courtney

Feb 10, 2007 10:54AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 12, 2007 11:55AM

Sean

Mar 06, 2007 7:34AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 07, 2007 8:51AM

Linda Killian

Mar 07, 2007 12:43PM

Lynn

Mar 07, 2007 12:48PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 08, 2007 2:05PM

Nancy

Mar 09, 2007 6:13AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 09, 2007 1:48PM

Bon

Mar 27, 2007 5:21PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 28, 2007 10:47AM

Tim F.

Apr 02, 2007 2:28PM

Charlie Prokop

Apr 03, 2007 7:37AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 04, 2007 11:00AM

swezin

Apr 08, 2007 6:47AM

Justin

Apr 09, 2007 11:18AM

Bill

Apr 12, 2007 4:04PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 13, 2007 9:23AM

Kristin Anderson

Apr 16, 2007 4:47AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 18, 2007 9:40AM

Angela

Apr 19, 2007 3:35PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 23, 2007 3:43PM

John and Jean

Apr 25, 2007 2:14PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 01, 2007 11:17AM

Sarah

May 10, 2007 5:48AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 14, 2007 12:32PM

Anna

May 23, 2007 6:35AM

MaryGrace

Jun 02, 2007 10:27AM

Gary Bailey

Jun 15, 2007 1:41PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 16, 2007 8:23AM

DLittman

Jun 30, 2007 11:49AM

DLittman

Jun 30, 2007 11:53AM

Marjorie Barr

Jun 30, 2007 1:07PM

blevins

Jun 30, 2007 6:52PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 30, 2007 7:21PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 30, 2007 7:23PM

JBandit

Jul 06, 2007 4:34AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 06, 2007 8:22AM

Tony

Jul 11, 2007 7:43PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 12, 2007 7:36AM

Jessica

Jul 15, 2007 4:17PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 16, 2007 10:23AM

Roger

Jul 29, 2007 2:18PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 30, 2007 6:59AM

Rhonda

Jul 31, 2007 10:21AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 31, 2007 10:36AM

Dennis Bovee

Aug 07, 2007 5:51PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 07, 2007 8:36PM

Rosemarie H.

Aug 09, 2007 12:07PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 09, 2007 1:51PM

Rowdy

Aug 11, 2007 8:15PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 12, 2007 7:17AM

Raymond

Aug 13, 2007 8:14AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 13, 2007 9:13AM

kar

Aug 16, 2007 3:23PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 16, 2007 4:40PM

tim

Aug 30, 2007 7:02PM

Neal

Aug 31, 2007 8:12AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 31, 2007 8:49AM

Claire

Sep 02, 2007 2:02AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 02, 2007 9:12AM

gr8mstr

Sep 06, 2007 1:26PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 06, 2007 5:42PM

Evince

Sep 07, 2007 1:20PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 07, 2007 5:06PM

Karen

Sep 07, 2007 6:16PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 08, 2007 6:57AM

gr8mstr

Sep 08, 2007 8:20AM

Eric

Sep 08, 2007 10:29AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 09, 2007 9:27AM

romedeiros

Sep 09, 2007 9:44AM

Randy

Sep 16, 2007 1:42PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 16, 2007 6:09PM

Ersilia

Sep 19, 2007 6:21AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 19, 2007 8:07AM

Chris

Sep 23, 2007 12:00PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 23, 2007 3:18PM

H Sylvester

Sep 27, 2007 11:52AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 27, 2007 4:00PM

Nancy

Oct 24, 2007 5:02AM

maria

Nov 03, 2007 5:01AM

Marc

Dec 02, 2007 5:54PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Dec 02, 2007 7:07PM

Eric

Dec 07, 2007 8:56AM

KEVIN

Dec 10, 2007 11:00PM

Mary Lou Gotshall

Dec 23, 2007 7:11PM

Tim

Dec 30, 2007 8:18AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Dec 30, 2007 10:49AM

Deborah Hazen

Jan 03, 2008 2:34PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 03, 2008 3:12PM

Laur

Jan 05, 2008 5:56PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 06, 2008 6:53AM

Jonathan

Jan 21, 2008 8:31PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 21, 2008 8:51PM

Joel P.

Jan 22, 2008 6:16PM

Jonathan

Jan 29, 2008 5:42PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 29, 2008 9:32PM

Leah

Feb 07, 2008 6:32AM

lee

Feb 10, 2008 7:02AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 11, 2008 8:29PM

John

Feb 23, 2008 4:03AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 24, 2008 9:19PM

Janet martinson

Mar 15, 2008 4:06AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 17, 2008 5:25PM

Sunny Steve

Mar 21, 2008 5:46AM

Lisa

Mar 25, 2008 7:35PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 27, 2008 4:39AM

John

Mar 29, 2008 3:48AM

Mary

Mar 30, 2008 2:58AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 30, 2008 5:54PM

Jeff

Apr 03, 2008 7:54PM

Craig

Apr 06, 2008 4:50PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 07, 2008 8:45PM

Aptivus

Apr 09, 2008 12:09PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 09, 2008 7:00PM

GregB

Apr 16, 2008 8:06PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 17, 2008 3:53PM

Sean Lyons

Apr 21, 2008 3:49AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 22, 2008 9:15PM

ANNE LALONDE

Apr 24, 2008 11:10PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 25, 2008 4:02PM

rita e guglielmo

May 01, 2008 8:45PM

chad

May 05, 2008 5:34AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 05, 2008 6:54PM

Raija

May 16, 2008 4:52PM

Justin

May 17, 2008 1:17AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 19, 2008 6:56PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 19, 2008 7:03PM

Gary

May 27, 2008 3:56PM

Gina

May 28, 2008 3:58PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 28, 2008 8:59PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 28, 2008 10:13PM

Steph

Jun 08, 2008 9:00PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 09, 2008 7:58PM

teter

Jun 26, 2008 1:18AM

emma

Jun 30, 2008 2:03PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 03, 2008 8:25PM

Trim

Jul 08, 2008 10:49PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 09, 2008 8:53PM

Sam

Jul 18, 2008 3:22PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 21, 2008 8:34PM

Brigitte Borngaesser

Jul 26, 2008 9:43AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 28, 2008 7:46PM

wallace

Aug 01, 2008 3:37PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 04, 2008 7:01PM

Tom

Aug 07, 2008 3:51AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 07, 2008 8:26PM

Alysia

Aug 13, 2008 10:42PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 14, 2008 7:06PM

Shelly

Aug 19, 2008 2:56PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 19, 2008 10:34PM

Brigitte Borngaesser

Aug 20, 2008 10:49PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 21, 2008 9:23PM

Steven

Sep 04, 2008 12:09AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 04, 2008 6:28PM

Julie

Sep 24, 2008 5:12AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 24, 2008 4:47PM

Jason

Oct 08, 2008 4:42PM

Phil

Oct 08, 2008 5:37PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Oct 09, 2008 5:08PM

Brent

Oct 23, 2008 3:34AM

Mike & Jen

Nov 19, 2008 10:46PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 21, 2008 10:00PM

Jim Boulter

Nov 22, 2008 5:52PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 22, 2008 7:33PM

Polly

Dec 01, 2008 5:35AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Dec 02, 2008 5:33PM

Wally

Dec 22, 2008 2:22AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Dec 26, 2008 4:54PM

mike

Dec 27, 2008 4:38PM

Rachelle

Dec 29, 2008 6:47PM

John

Jan 05, 2009 11:49PM

Kelly

Jan 06, 2009 5:51AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 08, 2009 4:02PM

Cecilia

Jan 31, 2009 8:21PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 01, 2009 5:23PM

kevin

Feb 04, 2009 4:10AM

Debbie

Feb 07, 2009 5:15PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 08, 2009 5:55AM

Gus

Feb 10, 2009 7:37AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 13, 2009 4:08AM

Alyson

Feb 18, 2009 6:23PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 20, 2009 9:49PM

Nicole

Feb 24, 2009 9:54PM

Steven

Feb 25, 2009 12:50AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 25, 2009 1:24AM

cheri

Feb 28, 2009 8:43AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 28, 2009 5:30PM

paul Rogo

Mar 09, 2009 3:26AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 09, 2009 5:55PM

Kolekona Feliciano

Mar 12, 2009 8:31PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 12, 2009 9:41PM

Don Lachini

Mar 30, 2009 6:10PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 31, 2009 11:10PM

Jeff

Apr 01, 2009 3:20AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 01, 2009 8:03PM

Anna

Apr 23, 2009 5:24PM

Cavalcanti

May 07, 2009 8:23PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 12, 2009 5:00PM

Sil

May 12, 2009 9:04PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 13, 2009 6:05PM

Jennifer

May 19, 2009 3:32PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 19, 2009 5:24PM

M

May 20, 2009 3:06PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 20, 2009 6:33PM

Tom Crotty

May 29, 2009 2:43AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 30, 2009 7:06PM

Ron

Jun 02, 2009 11:56PM

Chad

Jun 07, 2009 8:38PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 09, 2009 6:52PM

Bill

Jun 10, 2009 12:11AM

Deborah North

Jun 13, 2009 2:30AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 13, 2009 5:15PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 13, 2009 5:18PM

Jeff

Jun 16, 2009 3:17AM

Louise

Jun 16, 2009 2:48PM

susan

Jun 16, 2009 6:00PM

Bausee Wilson

Jun 17, 2009 9:04PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 17, 2009 10:45PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 18, 2009 8:36PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 18, 2009 8:38PM

Michael Stroud

Jun 26, 2009 3:00PM

Rita

Jun 29, 2009 3:20PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 01, 2009 3:33PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 01, 2009 3:40PM

Dan

Jul 07, 2009 12:28AM

Priscilla

Jul 11, 2009 7:24AM

Chris

Jul 12, 2009 5:43AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 18, 2009 6:05PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 18, 2009 6:09PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jul 18, 2009 6:14PM

Keenshoe

Jul 21, 2009 4:56PM

Matt

Jul 21, 2009 8:32PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 01, 2009 8:53PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 01, 2009 8:55PM

Charlene

Aug 03, 2009 7:32PM

Erin

Aug 04, 2009 9:46AM

Zack

Aug 08, 2009 5:27AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 09, 2009 7:17PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 09, 2009 7:36PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 09, 2009 7:40PM

Kurt

Aug 11, 2009 7:18AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 11, 2009 5:58PM

M. Flesher

Aug 15, 2009 5:08AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 15, 2009 7:43PM

wendy

Aug 19, 2009 9:40AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Aug 22, 2009 7:02PM

Fred Barrow

Oct 28, 2009 8:13PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Oct 30, 2009 5:39PM

Melanie

Nov 12, 2009 1:17AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 13, 2009 9:57PM

Bryan

Nov 19, 2009 2:20AM

hanna

Nov 24, 2009 11:45PM

Jennifer

Nov 25, 2009 7:48PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 26, 2009 4:47PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Nov 26, 2009 4:48PM

stevenson

Dec 05, 2009 3:34AM

Dave Cinzori

Dec 10, 2009 3:38PM

Halle

Jan 18, 2010 10:09PM

Stacey

Jan 24, 2010 11:26PM

Nancy

Feb 15, 2010 4:50PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 15, 2010 6:03PM

AndyL

Feb 26, 2010 12:18AM

Mike

Feb 28, 2010 1:29AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 01, 2010 8:16PM

Jeff

Mar 04, 2010 9:55PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 04, 2010 10:30PM

Cara

Mar 22, 2010 12:43AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 22, 2010 5:10PM

BARB WOODS

Mar 26, 2010 12:03AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 26, 2010 4:57PM

Carly

Mar 27, 2010 10:00AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Mar 28, 2010 5:38PM

Carrie R

Apr 05, 2010 5:45PM

Brian

Apr 08, 2010 2:47AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 09, 2010 4:12AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 09, 2010 7:16PM

Lisa

Apr 20, 2010 4:55PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 22, 2010 4:56PM

Carol

Apr 26, 2010 8:14PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 30, 2010 5:12PM

Michelle

May 03, 2010 2:34PM

John

May 04, 2010 4:53PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 04, 2010 4:54PM

joe walsh

May 05, 2010 3:11AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

May 08, 2010 4:57PM

Bryan

May 08, 2010 6:51PM

Daan

May 10, 2010 8:50PM

Jeff

May 17, 2010 1:44AM

Nancy

Jun 03, 2010 2:47PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 03, 2010 5:38PM

Dave

Jun 19, 2010 12:33AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jun 20, 2010 5:02PM

Brian

Jun 28, 2010 4:45PM

Lita

Jun 30, 2010 3:33PM

Rachel

Jul 02, 2010 11:29PM

Spencer

Jul 17, 2010 5:53AM

wendell cunningham

Aug 06, 2010 5:38PM

Norma

Aug 17, 2010 3:55AM

Ron

Aug 18, 2010 7:50AM

Chistina

Aug 28, 2010 8:45PM

Chistina

Aug 28, 2010 8:51PM

Jen

Sep 07, 2010 6:36AM

shelly

Sep 18, 2010 5:30AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 18, 2010 5:13PM

shelly

Sep 20, 2010 6:25PM

Mike

Sep 24, 2010 3:38AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Sep 27, 2010 10:27PM

Rebecca

Sep 30, 2010 10:23PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Oct 03, 2010 6:19PM

Darren

Oct 13, 2010 1:12AM

Francine

Oct 24, 2010 8:40PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Oct 25, 2010 8:00PM

Grant

Nov 11, 2010 3:46PM

Deanna Tormey

Nov 18, 2010 5:09AM

Candie Smith

Dec 11, 2010 1:37PM

Platinumapple

Dec 31, 2010 12:11AM

SunnyvaleMom

Jan 06, 2011 7:42PM

Theresa

Jan 07, 2011 5:34PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Jan 09, 2011 6:38PM

Theresa

Jan 16, 2011 10:04PM

Vicki

Jan 31, 2011 8:23PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 01, 2011 6:21PM

Helen

Feb 08, 2011 6:40PM

Mac

Feb 18, 2011 4:27PM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 19, 2011 8:16PM

Kim

Feb 26, 2011 10:38AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 26, 2011 6:33PM

Erin Wagner

Mar 09, 2011 5:33AM

lauren

Apr 13, 2011 2:19AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 13, 2011 5:25PM

Waiii

Jun 26, 2011 7:44PM

Greg Valencia

Jul 27, 2011 7:35AM

Ryland

Aug 02, 2011 1:38PM

Lola

Aug 10, 2011 3:36AM

heana frank

Aug 19, 2011 7:09AM

claire

Sep 04, 2011 6:46AM

Seann

Oct 11, 2011 6:08AM

Kevin Etten

Oct 19, 2011 10:03AM

Craig

Jan 18, 2012 11:57AM

Clare

Jan 30, 2012 6:43PM

Scott Frazier

Feb 08, 2012 5:06AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 09, 2012 11:16AM

Jessica

Feb 15, 2012 5:26PM

Kenzie G

Feb 20, 2012 5:45PM

Gunter

Feb 20, 2012 11:10PM

Jamie

Feb 28, 2012 3:18PM

Peter Skinner

Mar 05, 2012 2:14PM

Scottie

May 07, 2012 7:16AM

Vicki Rearick

Jun 19, 2012 3:18AM

Shannon Bolla

Aug 26, 2012 2:09PM

Rhonda

Nov 02, 2012 8:52PM

hihoneymoon

Nov 05, 2012 5:50PM

Carla Nix

Nov 21, 2012 11:08AM

Susan

Dec 02, 2012 11:54AM

Mo

Feb 05, 2013 11:40AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Feb 05, 2013 12:05PM

Kris

Mar 27, 2013 6:33AM

June Knaack

Apr 05, 2013 5:40PM

Terry Sheldon

Jul 11, 2013 7:13AM

Mark

Jul 17, 2013 8:21AM

Koralee

Aug 25, 2013 5:35PM

Bonnie K

Sep 17, 2013 2:15PM

Veronica

Oct 14, 2013 3:53PM

Anne Pettersson

Oct 20, 2013 10:38AM

Laurie

Jan 15, 2014 9:12PM

Walker

Jan 16, 2014 7:07PM

Susan

Apr 24, 2014 11:05AM

Kauai Explorer Staff

Apr 25, 2014 7:02AM

Ellie L

Jul 29, 2014 7:52AM

top of comments

Leave a comment:



  Please enter security code*:
  

Note: Comments will be reviewed for relevancy before being posted. Any content deemed inappropriate or offensive may be edited and/or deleted. Please allow 24 hours for approval. Emails will not be visible or used in any way, and are not required. Emails allow us to contact you to let you know when your comment has been posted.