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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to West Molokai  

Molokai Beaches:
A Sampler

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West End
(See also Molokai Camping)


  • Call National Weather Service 877-5111 for Weather & 877-3477 for Marine Forecast.
  • Molokai offers a wide variety of ocean activities. However, there are no lifeguards on Molokai and some of its most beautiful beaches are remote and treacherous (especially during winter months). Exercise EXTREME caution before entering the water. When in Doubt, Just Stay Out!
  • See Common Hazardous Beach and Ocean Conditions that apply to all Hawaiian beaches.
  • For more information on Molokai beaches, call Molokai Visitors Association at (808) 553-3876.
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©Ann Cecil
DIXI MARU COVE
Located at the very end of Kaluakoi Road

Popular with local families. Good snorkeling in the cove when the sea is calm.


©Ann Cecil

KAUPOA BEACH
Accessible via a clearly marked pedestrian trail headed south from Dixi Maru Cove

Two crescent shaped white sand beaches in an extremely isolated location. Good swimming in summer only. Extremely dangerous water conditions at other times. Site of ancient fishing village.


©Ann Cecil
POOLAU BEACH
Located between Papohaku Beach and Dixi Maru Cove.

A pretty beach surrounded by a rocky coastline. No swimming unless conditions are safe. Whale watching in season (December - April).


©Ann Cecil
PAPOHAKU COUNTY PARK
From Kaunakakai, take Maunaloa Hwy (Hwy 460) to Kaluakoi Road. Take Kaluakoi Road - beach is 2 miles beyond the Kaluakoi Resort

One of the longest white sand beaches in the Hawaiian Islands - extending 3 miles and averaging 300 feet wide. For those seeking the ultimate in isolation. Note: Extremely dangerous shorebreak all year round.

Restrooms, showers, picnic tables, camping.


©Ann Cecil
KAWAKIU BAY
Located near the Paniolo Hale Condo at Kaluakoi Resort. Beach access is via a nature trail along a dirt road known locally as the "Back of the 9" on the Kaluakoi Golf Course.

A secluded white sand beach - 600 yards long. Safe swimming in summer only when the sea is calm.


©Ann Cecil
KEPUHI BEACH
Located off Kaluakoi Road at Kaluakoi Resort

A white sand beach in front of the Resort. Ideal for strolling and sunbathing, but too dangerous for swimming - except on very calm days. Surfing spot for experts only.

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