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Beach Review of Shipwreck Beach

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 3.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • On the northern coast of Lanai, along the Kalohi Channel that separates Lanai and Molokai, Shipwreck Beach is whipped by winds and famous for powerful and treacherous currents. It is NOT a place to swim. It's a wonderful beach for beachcombing, however, and with eight miles of sand it offers a lot of beach to comb. It also has views of Molokai across the channel.
  • Take the 200-yard trail inland to the shaded grove of rock outcroppings on which ancient Hawaiians told the stories of their daily lives in petroglyphs. The Kukui Point petroglyphs are among the island's most accessible—although like most of the Lanai beaches, Shipwreck is accessible only by a four-wheel-drive road. Most of the trip, though, is on paved road.
  • The hulk of ship offshore has rested on the reef for some 50 years. While it was purposefully sunk here, many vessels, including one carrying gold, have wrecked off this shore and reef, hence the name.

Keomoku Rd
Lanai, Hawaii 96763
Parking: Daylight hours daily

Visitor Information

Neighborhood: Offroad
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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