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Safe beaches in December

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Safe beaches in December

I looked for old posts on this topic and did find one but is there anything more to add? We are going to be in Kaua'i Dec 25-Jan1 and would like to do some snorkeling. We're good swimmers but don't want to get caught floating back to the mainland or smashed against reef or rocks. We'll be staying near Hanalei.

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1. Re: Safe beaches in December

There are no guarantees -- ever.

In Dec, you'll probably have better/safer conditions on the south shore. Winter usually means heavy surf on the North side and the East side. That said, today the east side looked like a sheet of glass so maybe you get lucky.

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2. Re: Safe beaches in December

Dave pretty much nailed it. Po`ipu and Lawai on the south shore are your best bets, but there may very well be days you can swim on the north shore. Both Ke`e and Anini are reef-protected and have some snorkeling potential. Hanalei Bay may have a good day or two, if you're lucky. No snorkeling there, though.

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3. Re: Safe beaches in December

Do try Anini -- it is not far away frm Hanalei and is usually calm even when there is high surf elsewhere on the north shore. There are not always a lot of fish, but we have had excellent luck there seeing turtles and eels. And it is also a nice, quiet place to hang out -- particularly beyond the public park and around the corner. Just one caution, if you do snorkel there, stay away from the break in the reef toward the end of the road. Sometimes there are strong currents there.

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