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Mahaulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point

One of the best sections of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail.

Hiking Moderate

5.9 km
141 m
141 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3 m
High Point
34 m
Mahaulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point Map

If you are looking for a stunning and easy hike on Kauai's south shore, you might want to check out the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. This coastal trail takes you from Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point, along some of the most dramatic cliffs and beaches on the island.


The trail is rich in history and culture, as it passes by ancient Hawaiian sacred sites, petroglyphs, and archaeological remains. You will also see evidence of the island's sugar plantation past, such as an old railroad track and a limestone quarry.

The trail is also a paradise for nature lovers, as it offers spectacular views of the ocean, the mountains, and the wildlife. You will walk past sandy coves, rocky outcrops, tide pools, and lava formations. You might even spot some whales, dolphins, or monk seals along the way.

The Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail is a must-do hike for anyone who wants to experience the beauty and diversity of Kauai's south coast. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll or a cultural adventure, this trail will not disappoint you.

Sources: Maha’Ulepu Heritage Trail, South Shore Kauai, Hawaii. https://www.nobedtimesnoborders.com/blog/mahaulepu-heritage-trail. Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail: Map, Photos, & Is It Worth It?. https://www.earthtrekkers.com/mahaulepu-heritage-trail-kauai/. Hawaii's Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail Is Full Of Natural Beauty. https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/hawaii/mahaulepu-heritage-trail-hi-2/. Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail in Kauai (Non-stop views! Amazing Easy Hike .... https://www.avenlylanetravel.com/mahaulepu-heritage-trail-kauai/. Conversation with Bing Chat



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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