Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point

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Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Poipu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and surfing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wildlife

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......

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail with awesome view points along the way

29 days ago

very nice views, spectacular area

walking
1 month ago

Great trail. Great view. Well worth the walk. Pack sunscreen. We really enjoyed that walk/hike. Walk til the end to the beach.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike! Spotted three turtles which made the hike even more fun. Highly recommend this hike.

3 months ago

Hike was much better than I expected. Great views.

3 months ago

On this trail a few times a week. I will never get tired of the amazing views.!

hiking
3 months ago

Relatively easy hike along a cliff side ocean walk. The elevation gives a good perspective and enhanced opportunity to sight whales. Bring binoculars to help whale sight. Some trick footing for older hikers but relatively flat for most of the trail. Great isolated beach at end and some interesting historic caves. There is a back road you can run down to double back to your starting point if you want to come back and pick up some of your group from the beach.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful coastline trail, you do hit a golf course for about a quarter mile but runs right back into the greenery trail. Make sure to go into the Makauwahi cave towards the end. Stunning panoramic views throughout the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Was a very pretty view of the coastline. Didn’t love the walk through the golf course.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! It has a variety of terrain, viewpoints, and some historical sites. We began at 4pm and finished with a beautiful sunset. Great hike for kids. Definitely worth the effort!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views!

walking
5 months ago

Very peaceful trail along the coast!
My mistake was walking it with flip flops, which resulted in blisters.

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views of the coastline, a beautiful hike. Took the whole family, including my 18, 16, 13 & (whiny) 9 yr old. Take water as there's lots of exposure to sun and wind, even in December. Park in beach access lot next to Grand Hyatt & make your way toward the ocean. There are several sandy paths that join up at the ridge above the ocean.

5 months ago

We pushed past the end of the trail about a mile and and half almost to Kawelikoa point. Some great views of not only the cliffs and ocean but the mountain range to the north. lots of Dolphins off the coast and the water color is incredible. Disappointed to see huge amounts of garbage / plastic in the far bay. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Wear proper footwear as a lot of the terrain is lava and is sharp. A very easy and pleasurable hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenic trail overlooking the ocean.

hiking
6 months ago

I was irritated at first because the first mile is sand and has no marking... maybe I just didn’t see them. Felt like I was going no where. A make you own trail of sorts. Continue path past many different terrains. It was beautiful and worth it. Turtle cave, beach and just breathtaking views of the cliffs.

hiking
7 months ago

love the trail!

walking
8 months ago

Great views, great picture opportunities.

9 months ago

Beautiful! Amazing cliffs . A long walk but do-able with running shoes. Bring a camera you won't regret it !

hiking
9 months ago

Great views, close to resorts, and wonderous tidepool exploring all the way down this coastal hike. Wear good shoes and brace for the wind.

9 months ago

Stunning views from these sea cliffs! It is an easy hike that seems endless. It even takes you into a PGA golf course!

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous. Just do it. It's well worth it. Just beware of flying golf balls when you are passing the golf course!

hiking
11 months ago

The most amazing views! Wear you hiking shoes because of the rocks, but pretty easy trail.

11 months ago

Quite an easy, flat walk - a great one to bring your dog on (or take an ASPCA dog on for a field trip). Beautiful ocean views and some nice spots near the sandy beaches where you can jump off the rocks.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Nice and easy trip. Great views and good for photos. Wouldn't take toddlers or babies there

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great easy hike

Friday, January 13, 2017

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

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Wonderful views, easy stroll along the cliffs.

Monday, November 14, 2016

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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