Ke'e is one of the most popular beaches on Kauai, and perhaps Kauai’s most frequented north shore beach. Located at the start of the Kalalau Trail, many tourists exploring the north shore end their journey at Ke'e since the highway ends at the beach. The snorkeling at Ke'e is good in the summer when the ocean is calm. During the winter the north shore experiences large winter swells and the number of good snorkeling days are much fewer. Our Tunnels beach page includes a chart that will give you an idea of how often you can snorkel during the winter. Keep in mind that the snorkeling at Tunnels is slightly better, and the reef there offers a little more protection than Ke’e.
Ke’e beach extends back toward Haena and it's possible to walk along the mostly course sand for several miles. About 600 yards down the beach was the location of the famous Taylor Camp – a hippie community in the 70s. None of the structures remain but it's an interesting area to explore.