Lanai Beaches

Of all of the Hawaiian island beaches, Lanai beaches are the most secluded and most interesting. Most of the beaches are wide white sand beaches with dark blue crystal clear water. Lanai’s best beaches are as follows:

1. Hulopo’e Beach

Hulopo’e Beach was once ranked as the best beach in the United States. It is a beautiful whit sand beach and the safest swimming beach on the island. This area is also a protected marine life conservation area so there are plenty of colorful fish and coral formations making it a great snorkeling area as well. Just left of the beach is a rock formation named Pu’u Pihe Rock (sweetheart rock). You can easily hike to the rock from the beach. There are plenty of shady grassy areas to escape the hot sun. There no lifeguards.

Amenities include:

Large grassy lawn
Picnic tables
Hiking trails and camping

2. Polihua Beach

Polihua Beach(egg nest beach) was given it’s name by early Hawaiians when the Hawaiian green sea turtles used this area to lay their eggs. Today few green sea turtles come to this beach. Polihua Beach lies about one hour northwest of Lanai city. Polihua beach is almost two miles of soft white sand and it is a great beach for walking or sunbathing. Strong currents make swimming unsafe. There are no lifeguards, drinking water, restrooms, concessions or facilities.

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3. Kaiolohia Beach

Kaiolohia Beach (Shipwreck Beach) is located about 30 minutes from Lanai City. This beach is about 8 miles north of Lanai City and the road is paved most of the way but a four wheel drive is needed to reach the beach itself. Shipwreck beach was named for the World War II era ship named Liberty who’s rusty body can be seen stranded on the coral just offshore. The beach has a strong current and is unsafe for swimming. The strong currents brings all sorts of “Junk” to the beach. Beachcombers can find all sorts of things from discarded trash to Japanese glass fish floats to rare pelagic nautilus shells. This beach has no lifeguards, no restrooms or drinking water.

4. Hulopoe Tide Pools

Hulopoe Tide Pools is a marine preserve located on the sough shore of Hulopoe Bay. At low tide you can explore the tide pools and see the many sea creatures that dwell there. You will see numerous colorful fish, starfish, spaghetti worms, sea cucumbers, opihi, and barber pole shrimp. The rocks are very slippery so caution should be taken and reef shoes should be worn. At the far eastern edge of the bay, a rather large protected tide pool allows for swimming and snorkeling. As with many of the other beaches, there are no lifeguards, restrooms, drinking water, or concession stands.

Remember, Lanai beaches are very secluded and you may be the only one there. Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water as there are not a lot of store on your way to the beach.

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