Shipwreck Beach Keoniloa Bay

EASY 27 reviews

Shipwreck Beach Keoniloa Bay is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Koloa, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and surfing and is accessible year-round.

3.7 miles 482 feet Out & Back

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Hike along scenic Shipwreck's Beach and up rocky outcroppings past Shipwreck Rock to more secluded coastline. Seaside trail travels Kauai's southern coastline from Shipwreck's Beach on Keoneloa Bay to remote and stunning Mahaulepu Beach near Kawailoa Bay. Along the trail discover rugged sea cliffs, secluded coves, dunes, tide pools, sculpted lava formations, native plants, and petroglyphs. The beach has prime whale watching in the winter, and is a favorite hangout for endangered monk seals......

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7 days ago

Make sure you wear GOOD shoes. Also we made the long hike there and the cave was locked. Such a disappointment

12 days ago

Beautiful photos as sunset. Jump is frightening & not recommended as it's very difficult to swim in.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful views, easy stroll along the cliffs.

2 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful view of some pretty varied terrain. Starts in a beach. Go up cliff top for spectacular sunrise views. Nice golf course view for a bit before heading over to the cave. Made it to the cave but cave is locked up mon/tues.

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2 months ago

Starting near the Hyatt hotel and ending near the Makauwahi cave this trail is beautiful. It has some solid climbing to do that I would rate moderate. If you make it to the cave on a weekday morning there might be a tour guide giving little tours. And just past the cave is a turtle farm where you can go and look at Turtles and sheep. Great trail with incredible views! Pack plenty of water and some snacks!

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1 year ago

Great hike through a variety of rugged coastal terrain. It was easy to get lost off the trail during the first part through the sandy hill and dessert-like dry brush, but I used this AllTrails App to get back on track. The rest of the trail is well marked. You pass through lava rock formations, a sacred Hawaiian site, the edge of the Poipu golf course, a horse ranch, and a sinkhole and cave. The cave had its own trail markers and brochure about its history and restoration. This cave trail had a nice bonus loop and a shaded bench with an incredible view where I decided to take a snack break and try to see whales. Alas, what I thought might be whales spouting or breaching was just whitecaps on the rough sea. It's too early for migration season, but bring binoculars if you are here in winter.

The trail was dry despite the downpour earlier on the southeast side by Lihue. Wear sturdy shoes. They will be covered in red dirt and full of sand. Bring lots of water. It got very hot on my return facing the sun in the afternoon. I took many photos of the beautiful views and some of the warning signs and uploaded them to recorded track.

The GPS recording mysteriously stopped a few times. Sacred Hawaiian intervention? Satellite weakness zones? Who knows, but I had to resume the trail recording a few times. I estimate it was about 5 miles round trip from the parking lot, ending at the cave and walking the cave loop before I headed back. It took me about 3 hours.

trail running
1 year ago

Nice workout. Sandy trail with spurs that all seem to progress in the same direction, weaving in and out of trees. Occasional view of ocean. Eventually parallels a golf course. Ends at a nice overlook. Too fun. I did also jump off of the cliff. Exhilarating, but I would not recommend unless you know what you're doing and are in good shape and can swim well.