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.
Ke’e Beach Safety
In the aerial photos you’ll notice the “snorkeling lagoon” surrounded by shallow reefs. Note the channel in the reef. Reef channels always include the possibility of strong currents even in completely calm conditions. Any water flowing over the reef, whether from wind waves or tidal changes, has to flow back out and it does so via these channels. Don’t be fooled by the false sense of security provided by the reef and lagoon.
A life guard is on duty at Ke’e from 9am to 5pm daily. It's best to only swim here under their supervision..