Makua Beach (Tunnels)
A.K.A. Ha‘ena Beach Park, Tunnels • Photo by Wasabi
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.
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On calm days this is some of the best snorkeling on Kauai.
Strong currents. Dangerous waves breaking on rocks, ledges and reefs. Sharp coral.
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.