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We parked at Shipwreck Beach and made our way through this trail to a “secret” beach that is Maha’ulepu Beach - features a cave with guided tours and is much less crowded than shipwreck. You walk along some cliffs and get beautiful views of the coast. Then you cross into the golf course and follow that through a heiau. It took us around 1h 15 min to walk it, doable in sturdy sandals but not much shade so sunscreen up! Earn your beach!

Beautiful hike to a beautiful beach.

Amazing views!!! I highly recommend this trail!

loved it! easy hike for all ages!

Spectacular Scenery. The Coastal Cliffs, Ocean and Mountains are just amazing. It is an easy hike but still really worthwhile.

we loved it so much! dry, easy, scenic, adventurous. everything we love in a trail. don't discount this because it's easy. constant views. so much fun!

All around great hike...I’ll share details when I get back to the house :)

Great hike! Fairly accessible for most. At the beginning there is one spot with some steep steps, but once you are up it’s reasonably flat. Definitely bring a hat and water—almost no shade at all The coast is stunning. One could easily stop every 100 feet to take a photo. Saw some fun crabs in the rocks. I could have done without hiking by the golf course.

The road in is in very good shape today, lots of pot holes in the first 100 yards then washboard. Can be done in a rental car no problem, if you go fast enough you just hit the hi spots.

Gorgeous views of the ocean. The golf course section is not as bad as some make it sound we just kept looking at the ocean. We went late afternoon and finished up close to sunset which made for some great photos. Much more fun than sleeping giant the day before in the rain, 45 mph winds and the mud lots and lots of mud! We even saw a monk seal. It's a must do.

Great trail. Pick up sandwiches before the hike and picnic on the beach.

really beautiful hike along the ocean with very dramatic waves and spray. a good portion of the walk is on sand which can take a little longer to hike through but it’s a good leg workout! least enjoyable part was thru the golf course, but pretty on either side! really cool to walk thru old religious grounds by the ocean.

We loved this hike! Amazing ocean and cliff views views on a clear day. Mostly sunny with some shady spots. Footing is sand, rough rocks and dirt and there is a little rock scrambling if you want. There were plenty of other hikers but we found a lovely deserted and protected beach near the end with calm water, even in January, and took a little swim. A delightful surprise along the route is the Makauwaki cave reserve. Check it out!
Highly recommended hike.

1 month ago

There is no marked trail head like other trails. You park behind two cement barricades and walk an abandoned road to the beach. If you keep driving on the road you can park at the Salt Ponds parking lot. This area had a lot of people in tents who seemed to be living there. It is a good place to swim but not a lot to see if you snorkel. Life guard warned us not to go beyond the reef because of dangerous current. Not what we were looking for.

Great for families. Sunrise views all along but the best are about midway thru

I was lukewarm on this hike but so glad I went. The trail is unlike many on the island with unique terrain and views. Easy parking at shipwreck beach. Get there at dawn for sunrise and ahead of the crowds. Made it to the labyrinth at the end, including the sinkhole detour- which was just meh. The golf course section sucks, but a necessary segment to get to the less trafficked parts. Lots more people on return leg. Next time, I’d bring a suit to enjoy the secluded beaches. A lovely day if you are looking for beachy hike. I think it took me less than 3 hours- ish.

Loved the diversity of this coastline hike. Saw several turtles!!

We thoroughly enjoyed this scenic walk along the coast on low limestone and volcanic cliffs. You can take a short detour along the route to visit Makauwahi cave reserve and enter two of the caves. A naturalist was there giving a talk and answering questions. It was a pleasant surprise and pretty interesting but not exactly a thrill. Near the end of the hike we took a little swim in a deserted, protected cove. All in all a really good experience. Highly recommended if you are in the area.

Beautiful beach, nice walk! Road not too bad in!

beautiful views of mountains, oceans, whales and turtles. was headed to Makauwahi Caves but they were closed.

Awesome hike. Beautiful views of the south shore, Surrounding mountains and local whales and turtles.
Volcanic rock, packed soil and sand along this trail.

Nice. Great views. Not strenuous hike. Would have liked more history on heiau along trail. Did see whales spouting / a few turtles. We went farther to spend a relaxing hour or more on beach.

Extremely hot, quite average views compared to other hikes in the mountain.

But please get in the water! Nice waves on some spot for boards, and nice snorkeling too.

I love this trail! It a beautiful, yet easy trail, that features amazing views of the Haupu mountains and ocean 100% of the time. It a great hike for families and would be a spectacular trail run. It's a great trail to spot wildlife like humpback whales and sea turtles, which we have seen every time we've hiked it. If you want to check out the entire hike before doing it, check out the video we put together on youtube. Here's the link, happy hiking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOlUsQlBy8Y

Easy hike with great views! Keep your eyes open for whales and lots of sea turtles swimming off the coast.

Just a beach, but beautiful and warm water!

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