Honopu Beach is a remote and secluded beach on Kauai’s spectacular Na Pali Coast. The only way you can get there is by boat or swimming to it. The incredible beach is backed by 1200-foot high sea cliffs, and they are separated by the Honopu Arch. There is a huge waterfall that comes down the sea cliff and goes through to arch on its way to the ocean.
The word Honopu means conch shell in Hawaiian, and it is so named because when the winds blow, it makes a sound that is similar to the conch shell. If you want to swim to Honopu you must be a very strong swimmer, even then we would not recommend it. It is best not to go when the surf is up because the rip currents can be very strong. Currents can be strong when the water appears calm as well, so it is important to be very careful.
Honopu Beach is considered to be a spiritual spot, and there are many old Hawaiian myths and stories about it. They say that ancient tribal leaders were buried here. It is not legal to bring a boat in or any other vehicle, and the only legal way to get here is by swimming. Just be sure to wear flippers and take precautions because it can be dangerous.
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