The Molokai beaches are much less crowded than those on Oahu or Maui. There are way less tourists visiting Molokai therefore the beaches are much less crowded.
The best Molokai Beaches are:
1. Halawa Beach Park
Halawa Beach Park is a secluded bay that offers picnic facilities and restrooms. The swimming is great in the summer, but the waves are much more treacherous in the winter months. Surfing is great on this beach in the winter. There are no lifeguards at this beach, so please be extremely careful. The views are stunning and Maui can be seen in the distance. This beach has no concession stands or drinking water, so come prepared. Fishing is great at this beach due to a stream that constantly flows into the ocean from the mountains.
2. Hale’o Lono Beach
Hale’o Lono Beach is a sandy beach but there are lots of rocks throughout the sand. There are no lifeguards, restrooms, concessions, or drinking water. Swimming is ok in the summer. Fishing at this beach is excellent. During the winter months, from December to May, this is an excellent beach to watch the humpback whales. Hale’o Lono Beach gets it’s name from a Heaiu (temple) that was built on this site to honor the Hawaiian God Lono. Lono was the God of fertility and agriculture. Lono was also the uncle of Pele the goddess of fire.
3. Honouli Malo’o Bay
This beach is one of the nicest Molokai Beaches. Honouli Malo’o Bay is a great surfing beach. The area is located within a protected bay which has a sandy beach that is also great for swimming and snorkeling. As with most Molokai beaches, this beach has no lifeguards, concessions, restrooms or drinking water. Across the highway toward the mountains is a small settlement called Malo’o. The native Hawaiians that live in this area still live in the ancient way. They fish, grow taro and live off the land. This beach is great for swimming, snorkeling and diving in the summer and excellent for surfing in the winter.
4. Honouli Wai Bay
Honouli Wai Bay is located about a mile or so west of Honouli malo’o Bay. This beach is much more rocky than Honouli malo’o bay. It is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing. In the winter it is also great for surfing. As with the previous beach, there are no lifeguards, concessions, restrooms, showers or drinking water.
5. Kakahai’a Beach Park
This is one of the Molokai beaches that is close to town. Kakahai’I Beach Park is located a few mile east of Kaunakakai so it is easily accessed from your hotel. This beach is very beautiful but is not a very good beach for swimming. There are lots of rocks in the water and the water is somewhat shallow. This beach is a National Wildlife Refuge. It is refuge to two endangered species of seabirds called the Hawaiian Coot and the Hawaiian Stilt. This is a nice beach to picnic and explore. There are trees for shade, but no lifeguards, restrooms, concessions or drinking water.
6. Kepuhi Bay
Kepuhi Bay is a great beach for taking a walk or watching the sunset. There are a lot of rocks at this beach and the strong currents can be dangerous, therefore it is not a really good swimming beach. It is an excellent beach for snorkeling when the surf is calm. In the winter huge waves crash along the shore and a lot of surfers hang out here. The beach is located right in front of the Kaluakoi resort. Although there is a shower at this beach, there are no lifeguards or drinking water. Concessions and restrooms can be found within the resort.
7. Kiowea Beach Park
This is one of the most historic of all of the Molokai Beaches. Kiowea Beach Park is located near the Kamehemeha Coconut Grove on the south shore of Molokai. It is said that King Kamehameha V planted these coconut trees in this grove. This beach is also rocky with no lifeguards. The swimming conditions are poor due to shallow water and a very rocky bottom. This is a very picturesque beach that is great for picnics or watching the beautiful Molokai sunset. This beach offers sheltered picnic areas, picnic tables, barbecue grills and restrooms.
8. Mo’omomi Beach
Mo’omomi Beach is a protected preserve that is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles. The beach is not a good swimming beach, but it is a nice place to hike. In the winter months, strong trade winds blow the sand inland from the beach and create sand dunes that can be miles long. Guided hikes in the area are provided by the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii for a donation. Reservations are required due to limited space. The Conservancy phone number is 1 (808) 553-5236. There is no drinking water, restrooms, concessions or lifeguards, so come prepared. Since this is a preserve, please be careful not to disturb rocks or corals in the area and remember to carry out all of you trash.
9. One Alii Beach Park
This is one of the nicest Molokai Beaches for families. One alii Beach Park is a favorite of Hawaii’s royalty (alii) which is where it gets it’s name. This park is just east of Kaunakakai. Swimming is decent but there are lots of rocks and sharp coral in the water so be cautious. This is a great place to spend the day in the sun with the whole family. There are no lifeguards but there are restrooms, showers, drinking, picnic facilities, covered pavillion, barbeque grills, a playground and baseball field. There are clear, close views of Maui and Lanai from the beach. This is one of the only well maintained beach parks on the island of Molokai. There is a very large lawn area that is often used for family reunions and birthday celebrations. There are not a lot of large waves, so surfing is not good at this beach. For a bit of history, the Alii fishponds close by have been restored. This is the area that fish were kept and breed to feed the kings and royalty of the Island.
10. Papohaku Beach Park
Papohaku Beach Park is one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches. It is close to three miles long and one mile wide. This is a great sandy beach for sunbathing. The swimming is good in the summer months but be careful because there are no lifeguards. Although this beach is one of the nicest in Molokai, it gets very few visitors. You may be the only one on the beach. It is a great place for swimming, snorkeling sunbathing, diving picnics or just beachcombing. There are restrooms, showers, drinking water and picnic facilities. Every year in the third week of May, there is a big Hula festival at this beach. The beach does get crowded at this time, but it is a lot of fun. The festival last three days and on the last day there is a big celebration that includes Musical groups, hula dancing and lots of food vendors and craft booths.
All of the Molokai beaches are pretty secluded and everyone of them are beautiful in their own respect. Please be respectful when visiting these beaches and carry out all of the trash and items that you brought in with you.
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