When you think of surfing in Kauai, you think of Hanalei Point. One of the world’s premiere surfing destinations, Hanalei not only boasts incredible, rideable waves but sparkling white sands and a majestic mountain range for a backdrop. For beginning surfers, the waves near Hanalei Pier are more novice-friendly. Just make sure to ask the lifeguards on duty for advice if you’re iffy about where to surf for your skill level. With a mostly sandy bottom, there aren’t many tropical fish to see if you’re a snorkeler, but there are plenty of other activities to partake in, like sailing, swimming, paddling, or a game of beach volleyball.