Mahaulepu Beach (this is a dangerous beach for swimming)

Oct 4, 2021 | General Information

In many ways the Mahaulepu Beach experience is more of a hiking adventure than a traditional beach outing. The beautiful sands of Mahaulepu Beach are essentially the hiking path that will take you on a two mile journey starting from Shipwreck Beach in Poipu all the way to the cliffs on the eastern side. This beach is beautiful beyond imagination and each turn along the path will share with you a new type of terrain. From luscious deep white sand, to sand dunes, to spectacular cliffs, bluffs and more beaches this wild west romp will have you pumped with the sheer magnitude of its beauty.

Mahaulepu Beach is a Great Place for a Long Beach Walk
The scenery is so delicious that you may want to partake of its ocean delights but you might do best to over-ride your desires with a dose of common sense. There is no lifeguard to be found anywhere and you will in all likelihood be miles away from any sort of help. The beach itself is so remote that you might find that you are the only one around. The ocean in this area is often quite shallow as waves will break upon coral and sharp sandstone foundations. Waves can be prevalent and currents can seemingly come out of nowhere. Locals are fascinated with this beach which is laden with history (This is the scene of a battle between the remnants of Kamehameha’s war party that was struck by a savage storm while making the crossing between Oahu and Kauai to wage war on their northern neighbors. They made landfall at Mahaulepu Beach and were summarily destroyed by the Kauai warriors.) You will often see Hawaiian fisherman fishing from the rocks or from the sand and this is a location that is often enjoyed by local residents on weekends or on extended holiday periods.

There is a Long and Bumpy Road Trip to Mahaulepu Beach
If you would like to visit this remote area without having to do the walk there is a severely bumpy and slow-moving field road that winds itself through the privately owned Grove Farm. The two-mile journey will take you about forty-five minutes and at times you will be going so slow that a turtle could pass you but in the end you will arrive at your spectacular destination at the far side of Mahaulepu Beach. There you will find a couple dirt parking areas and nothing else in the way of amenities.

Ocean Caution
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water. There are no lifeguard towers at this location.