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......

4 days ago

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

8 days ago

A nice and easy walk with an amazing view!

walking
14 days 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

16 days 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
21 days 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
23 days 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Not well marked. Very hot bring lots of water

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

Easy trail with awesome view points along the way

2 months ago

very nice views, spectacular area

walking
2 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
3 months ago

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

4 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
5 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

Great views!

walking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 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
7 months ago

Beautiful scenic trail overlooking the ocean.

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

love the trail!

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