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Lumahai Beach

Gorgeous Lumahai Beach, at the western edge of Hanalei Bay, has starred in countless movies, among them South Pacific, but is too treacherous for swimming. All the roadside beaches from here on, however, are good for snorkelling. Just two miles from the start of the Na Pali coast, the Hanalei Colony Resort (t 808/826-6235 or t 1-800/628-3004, w http://www.hcr.com; $201–300) is Kauai’s most dramatic waterfront property, within a few feet of the pounding surf; all its units have two bedrooms. The road finally comes to an end at Kee Beach, perhaps the most delightful spot of all, with safe inshore swimming.