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Molokai Beaches, West

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West Molokai Beaches DO NOT have Lifeguards

● Some of Molokai's most beautiful beaches are remote and dangerous (especially during winter months). Exercise EXTREME caution before entering the water.


Ocean Safety

When visiting the beach, please follow these Basic Ocean Safety Tips provided by lifeguards:

Never Swim Alone & Always Watch Your Children
Don't Dive Into Unknown Water or Into Shallow Breaking Waves
If You Are Unable to Swim Out of a Strong Current, Signal for Help
Rely on Your Swimming Ability Rather Than a Flotation Device
Look For, Read and Obey All Beach Safety Signs and Symbols

In addition, take the advice of old Hawaiians:
Don’t turn your back to the ocean!

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Dixie Maru Cove
West Molokai

Located at the end of Kaluakoi Road. Popular with locals. Good snorkeling and swimming in summer months.

● Enter water with caution; high surf in winter months


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Haleo Lono Beach
West Molokai

This beach is small and remote. In ancient times there was a heiau (temple) located in the area dedicated to the god, Lono, explaining the naming of the beach and harbor "House of Lono".

● No facilities
● Great whalewatching December - May
● Good fishing
● OK swimming and snorkeling


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Kaupoa Beach
West Molokai

Clearly marked pedestrian trail. South of Dixi Maru Cove. Extremely secluded, two white sand beaches.

● Good swimming, summer only
● Extreme, dangerous surf outside summer months


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Kawakiu Bay
West Molokai

Located at Kaluakoi Resort. Access from the nature trail known as the "Back of the 9" on the Kaluakoi Golf Course. Secluded, safe only in summer months with calm seas. 20 minute walk north of Kepuhi, Maunaloa.

● Rocks and undertow can make swimming extremely dangerous at times

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Kepuhi Bay
Kaluakoi Resort, West Molokai

Rocky and sandy shoreline. Usually not safe for swimming due to high surf. May be calmer in summer months allowing bodysurfing and snorkeling. Good photo opportunity for beautiful sunsets.

● Showers
● Enter water with caution; high surf in winter months


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Moomomi Beach
Moomomi Road, Northwest Molokai

Part of the Moomomo Preserve. The beach is accessible only by a 4-wheel drive dirt road that is often impassable. During the winter, a large portion of the beach is washed away, but the strong northeast tradewinds drive more sand inland creating huge sand dunes. These dunes are up to a mile long and hundreds of feet wide.

Guided hikes to the area are provided by the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Please call for reservations and details as space is very limited - 808-553-5236

  • No fresh water
  • No restrooms
  • No facilities
  • Swimming is not advised due to strong currents, high surf, and sharp rocks
  • DO NOT enter the sand dune area - this area is very fragile and protected
  • Use of the beach and designated parking and trails are allowed
  • DO NOT tamper with, remove or move ANY items from the area such as artifacts, plants, animals, rocks, bones, or coral
  • Fishing and collecting of limu, crab, salt, and opihi for personal use is permitted and governed by Hawaii state laws
  • Firearms and fireworks are prohibited
  • Do not litter - take all rubbish and items with you when you leave
  • Fishermen may camp overnight by obtaining a permit from the Nature Conservancy at 808-553-5236. Camping is allowed only on the beach, below the vegetation line.
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Papohaku Beach (Three Mile Beach)
Kaluakoi Road, West Molokai

This beach is over three miles long and more than 300 yards wide. It is one of the longest and nicest beaches in the Hawaiian Islands. Even though the beach is beautiful, it is often deserted. Can be very uncomfortable in windy weather due to strong tradewinds whipping up sand.

● Restrooms and showers
● Picnic facilities
● Fair Swimming
● Good Snorkeling
● Enter water with caution; dangerous shorebreak


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Pohaku Mauliuli Beach
Near Kaluakoi Resort, West Molokai

Located behind the Kaluakoi Resort and a little to the north of the main beach here, Kepuhi Beach, are the two Pohaku Mauliuli Beaches. The first beach has little sand that is usually being covered by waves. Climb the small bluff to a pretty, secluded beach with a lot more sand. Swimming is not advised in this area. Even if the ocean is extremely calm, rouge waves are common. There are strong currents and high surf along this coast, especially in winter months.

● No facilities
● Poor swimming due to high surf and strong currents


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Poolau Beach
West Molokai

Located between Papohaku Beach and and Dixi Maru Cove.

● Enter water with caution; no swimming unless calm
● Good whale watching December through May
● No facilities


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Sandy Cove
West Molokai

Located to the left of Hale o Lono Harbor, this beach is isolated and fairly protected. It is the last easily accessible beach along this coast due to restricted access by Molokai Ranch.

● No facilities
● Good swimming, fishing, diving and snorkeling
● Good whale watching December through May
● Enter water with caution; high surf in winter months


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Call The National Weather Service 808-877-5111 for Weather & 808-877-3477 for Marine Forecast.


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