Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point

EASY 84 reviews

Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Koloa, Hawaii that offers scenic views 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.

3.7 miles
318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running




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......

1 day 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 days 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.

15 days ago

Beautiful scenic trail overlooking the ocean.

29 days 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.

2 months ago

love the trail!

3 months ago

Great views, great picture opportunities.

4 months ago

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

4 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.

4 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!

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

6 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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Great easy hike

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

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.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Easy trail with gorgeous views.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Starting near the Hyatt hotel and ending near the Makauwahi cave this trail is beautiful. It has some solid climbing to do that I would rate moderate. If you make it to the cave on a weekday morning there might be a tour guide giving little tours. And just past the cave is a turtle farm where you can go and look at Turtles and sheep. Great trail with incredible views! Pack plenty of water and some snacks!

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