Mahaulepu Beach to Kawelikoa Bay

EASY 84 reviews

Mahaulepu Beach to Kawelikoa Bay is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Koloa, Hawaii and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
416 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




1 month ago

Past the bay trying to ascend to ridge looking over kipu kai. Keawe and lantana thorns everywhere. And the cairns of 10 years ago all gone. Hand over food scramble to top. Easy to get lost. Not a true trail. Difficult.

1 month ago

Easy Hike along the coast with scenic views. We hiked all the way to Gillin’s Beach and were lucky to see a Monk Seal on the beach there.

3 months ago

The views were great once we got past the golf course!

4 months ago

Mostly Flat, not a very challenging trail.
Part of the trail is along the cart path of the Poipu bay golf course.

We hiked it right after a little rain so parts of the trail where very slippery.

I do feel that the "moderate" tag is a little dramatic, it was a fairly easy trail, if you have done any type of hiking you will be fine.

Word of advice, wear proper shoes, we passed a gal she had cut her foot when she slipped while wearing flip flops.

4 months ago

Like other users wrote, a “moderate” rating is a bit too high for this trail, as it is mostly flat and not super technical. However, seeing as though this trail takes you along the cliffs and ocean, you can easily make it anything from moderate to deadly depending on your skill level and stupidity.

The trail is not well marked but we found the user trails all generally ended up in the right place and you can easily make course adjustments for a better view or easier terrain depending on preference. As long as you are “generally” headed east/north on the way out or west/south on return you’ll get there.

The part by the golf course is a bit lame but quick; otherwise mostly spectacular coast and mountain / valley views the whole time. Keep an eye out for sea life along the way, and peak into the tide pools if accessible to find hidden surprises. Don’t forget to explore the cave area and spend some time looking at the tortoises just on the other side of the footbridge. Past the footbridge I’d recommend staying on the beach around the point instead of following the trail - the trail takes you down a utility road and the beach is ultimately more scenic. We were fortunate enough to see a mother monk seal and her two day old pup on the beach this way - never would have seen that on the trail!

Overall, a nice low-key hike. Not challenging or technical but don’t wear sandals or flip flops. Being mostly exposed wear a hat and bring lots of water. Pick a spot on the cliffs after the beach for lunch and continue on or turn back.

6 months ago

Beautiful vistas. Extend the hike past the stables two more beaches.

7 months ago

This was a reasonably easy hike. We did see some wearing slippers, but not recommended. Start hike at bluff at east end of Shipwrecks Beach, otherwise you will miss a good portion of the beautiful sea cliffs—and stay back from the edge!

9 months ago

Breathtaking trail overlooking the ocean

9 months ago

Go to end of trail. Lovely view throughout. Poorly marked.

10 months ago

Pretty easy, safe hike. Mostly flat with slight inclined and declined. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. Would bring water and be prepared for the sun.

Completed in a little under 4 hours

11 months ago

We did it in 4.5 hours and packed a lunch...Bring plenty of liquids...Highly doable for families.

11 months ago

loved this hike, beautiful scenery!

11 months ago

It's a hike not a bike path. Wear good shoes. Tennis shoes should be fine. Do not wear flip flops!!!! Pay attention there are sharp rocks around. Take water

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Good hike, not well marked, well worth going. Great views!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Easy and scenic, highly recommend.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fantastic views! Very leisurely hike with plenty of area to just stop and take in the scenery!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sehr schöne Wanderung an der Küste. Das Ziel fand ich eher mittelmäßig. Grundsätzlich würde ich empfehlen die Wanderung früh morgens oder in den Nachmittagstunden zu machen. Da man hier sehr viel in der Sonne läuft. Insgesamt sind wir auf 13 km gekommen.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Great hike. Lovely views. Very hot and sunny.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

my husband and I have been coming to Kauai since 2009 and we never skip hiking this beautiful coastal trail

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We had a wonderful time on this walk/hike. I'd say it was more easy than moderate- but maybe I'm just too used to hikes in the Northeast. Great views! We also saw some people on horseback, which was pretty cool.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Super nice coastal walk but yes lots of water if your gonna do this hike.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

take a lot of water (and don't hike it midday if you can help it), but this is an amazing hike along the coastline. If you go past Maha'ulepu/Gilin's beach (and house), you get to some pretty amazing cliffs/rock formation and a labyrinth for those who like those kind of things. I went past that as well to the end of the trail, marked by a barbed wire fence and that little beach/bay there is great, completely private, I was there all alone for 45 minutes or so. Great hike. It's not that difficult except that the trail isn't marked much (or at all in some places) but if you continue to walk in the right direction, eventually you find or make a path.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It was a very easy but good hike. We hiked to the caves and a few private beaches. We saw 6 turtles along the way. Only part we didn't really like was the walk through the golf course. We brought hammocks and took a nap on a private beach.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Million Dollar views! Easy hike, be sure to do it in the early morning as it gets very hot!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Beautiful hike along the coast. Beach swimming at the trailhead. More of a 3 1/2 star rating.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Amazing and million dollar views
The trails aren't well marked but the app helped us stay on track. Being a hot day we were out of water before we got back. So take lots of water.

Friday, March 11, 2016

We just did it again for 4th time. Every time it is an amazing hike. it has become our go to hike for friends that are visiting.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amazing views! I wish I wouldn't have taken the advice of the comment below me... Wear real shoes, not flip flops. My feet are tore up! Still well worth it though!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wonderful cliffs all the way through. Start from shipwreck beach near Hyatt and enjoy easy walk - it can be done even in slippers.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Not hiking, but amazing views! We sat on the beach and watched cliff jumpers then walked along the cliffs during the sunset. It was an amazing, relaxing 2 hours. Made the top 5 things we did on the island.

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