Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point

EASY 202 reviews

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
3 days ago

Get there early if you’re looking for secluded hike.
Very dandy at beginning. Beautiful views, highly recommend.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy, beautiful, interesting trail. We did this as a whole family with hikers of all skill levels, and we all enjoyed it. Great views of the coastline throughout. Recommend doing hike in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.

7 days ago

This trail was a better workout than I had expected based on reviews. Lots of walking along sand, and it gets really warm with little shade. Very beautiful and scenic hike so worth the views. I was expecting to hike down to a sandy, swimmable beach, and although it was pretty, there were signs saying the bacteria levels were high in the water. So if you’re looking to hike to a secret beach to take a dip in, this isn’t for you. But the views and good workout was worth it for me!

12 days ago

Beautiful hike along the coast with scenic views. Definitely an easy hike.

hiking
21 days ago

July, 24, 2018. Great hike along the coast. Tallied up 6.26 RT mileage and suprisedly 1,555' elevation from the trailhead, next the golf club to Makau'wahi Cave Reserve out/back. Although, trekking along the beach, expect to get your sweat on with the tropical humidity and rough terrain when you get to lava trail part. I loved it.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, great for trail running. Gets really hot, I ran early in the morning (before 8am) and it was already hot

1 month ago

A nice and easy walk with an amazing view!

walking
1 month ago

Nice trail for a beautiful leisurely stroll. My husband and I went mid-morning and took a lite snack and water. Not very challenging but views were definitely worth it! Bring water, Not very shady

1 month ago

The views, secluded (compared to Maui) beaches, and 4 sea turtles and 3 monk seals made this hike nothing short of amazing. Flat trail with rocks throughout, don't wear flip flops.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and beautiful
Roughly 5 miles along the Ocean and partially along a great golf course. Would have given 5 stars but it’s not very challenging. The views are great!

walking
1 month ago

Viewz On viewz On viewz. Not very challenging tho.

1 month ago

Great hike but beware of tons of mosquitoes when passing the golf course in the afternoon.

2 months ago

It gets very hot on the trail. I’d recommend a hike in early morning.
The views were very nice.
These is no signs marking the trail anywhere.

2 months ago

Not well marked. Very hot bring lots of water

2 months ago

Definitely do this Trail. As always the earlier the better. Less foot traffic. Trail is not really marked and don’t be concerned about getting lost just keep going east when going out and west when coming back. Near the horseback riding ranch stay high on the trail as there will be less rock hopping. Go all the way to the beach and watch for wedge-tailed shearwater marine birds that nest in that area. Impressive, large marine bird. During whale season I’m sure you will have many sightings. Turtles can be seen from any of the high cliff vantage points. I did see one. Definitely take water as always.

2 months ago

Incredible views the entire route. Great walk/hike for the entire family.

hiking
2 months ago

Great ocean views of the crashing waves. Also some spots where you can climb down close to the water and explore small caves.

hiking
2 months ago

The view from this trail is amazing! You can see the waves crashing on the cliffs and you can even find some natural pools and a “secret beach” on its way.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with awesome view points along the way

3 months ago

very nice views, spectacular area

walking
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Hike was much better than I expected. Great views.

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

Great views!

walking
8 months ago

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

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