A Mysterious Shipwreck off Shore: Shipwreck Beach
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Have you ever heard someone suggest going to Shipwreck Beach? Say, don’t you think the name is kind of interesting? The Hawaiian name for this beach is actually keoneloa, meaning “the long sands." But in Kauai, almost everyone calls it Shipwreck Beach. And... it’s because of a shipwreck!
So, back in the days, there used to be a wooden boat on the beach that likely had shipwrecked and was left abandoned. For many years, it lay near the shoreline. But with every storm, the boat deteriorated a little more - until hurricane ‘Iwa hit Kauai in 1982, completely destroying the boat. Although the shipwreck is now long gone, the name stuck.
Shipwreck Beach is not suitable for casual swimming due to the high surf, strong rip currents, and powerful shorebreak. But when it’s the right time of year, you’ll find surfers and windsurfers out there challenging the ocean. When the ocean is relatively calm, local kids often come here to bodyboard and have a great time.
Now to explore the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, from Shipwreck Beach, go towards the left and follow the path that leads to the top of the large rock cliff. The vantage point from the top of the cliff is a breathtaking, panoramic ocean view. If you’re here between December and April, you might spot humpback whales that migrate from Alaska to Hawaii to breed!
From the top, you can also see the Pa’a sand dunes. They are not like the normal sand dunes that might come to mind. The ones here, are more like petrified sandstone.
Wanna visit Shipwreck Beach and see the views?
It's a stop on our Poipu and Koloa Tour!