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Tunnels Beach on Kaua‘i ranks on ‘Best Beaches in the World’ list

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Makua, or Tunnels, on the North Shore of Kaua‘i. Photo Courtesy: Big 7 Travel

Tunnels Beach on the North Shore of Kaua‘i has earned a spot on a global travel site’s “50 Best Beaches in the World” list.

Big 7 Travel put Tunnels, also known as Makua, at No. 21 on its list, describing Tunnels as the “ultimate snorkeling spot, with the picturesque backdrop of Mount Makana and lush jungles.”

Lava tubes form the many underwater caverns at Tunnels, which give the beach its name.


Tunnels was the sole Hawai‘i beach to score a placement on Big 7’s list. Other included beaches included San Fruttuoso (a small pebbled beach in Italy) and Butterfly Valley in Turkey.

Big 7 Travel awarded its No. 1 spot to White Beach near Port Barton in the Philippines.

“This gorgeous stretch of sand near Port Barton is a pristine gem. The only way to reach the beach is by hopping on a boat from Port Barton or taking a very bumpy journey in a 4×4 – being hard to reach means the beach is clean and wonderfully quiet,” the Big 7 Travel list reads. “Think hammocks, powdery white sand, kayaks to rent, and of course, crystal-clear water. All with a backdrop of lush forests. Kayak over to Coconut Beach for a mini adventure.”


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