Known for its scenic trails and lookout points, Shipwreck Beach is a favorite of nature lovers and surfers. The beautiful, clear waters and striking features of the landscape are a feast for the eyes while the powerful swells are favored by adventurous surfers and boogie boarders.
Shipwreck Beach received its name from an old wooden boat that sat near the shore for many decades. The boat slowly deteriorated until it was completely destroyed by storms in the 1980s. Although the boat no longer remains, people still use the name. The Hawaiian name for Shipwreck Beach is Keoneloa (the long sands).
Accessible from a nearby resort and golf course, swimming is not recommended at Shipwreck Beach, due to the unpredictable currents and water depths. In addition, the beach offers no facilities or lifeguards.
The seclusion that this beach provides should appeal to those wanting to escape the more crowded beaches of Hawaii. Relax on this white sandy beach or take a gentle stroll through one of the nearby trails.
One of the highlights of the beach is Makawehi Point, a large sandstone cliff standing over the eastern end of the shore. A trail takes you to the lookout point and beyond. Follow the meandering trail to take in sweeping vistas and oceanfront cliffs that skirt the nearby golf course.
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