Molokai Beach Guide
Molokai offers a choice of secluded beaches perfect for couples, including:
Papohaku Beach (West Shore) – At 90m wide and 4.8m long, golden-sand Papohaku Beach is arguably the longest and certainly one of the largest beaches in Hawaii. It is perfect for year-round walking, beachcombing, picnicking and watching sunsets, with good swimming, snorkelling, diving, body boarding and surfing in summer when the waves are calm.
Located on the west shore of Molokai, this remote and beautiful beach offers idyllic seclusion; here the only footprints in the sand may be your own.
Facilities include outdoor showers, toilets, a barbecue, picnic tables and drinking water. There are no lifeguards. Note: swimming in winter may be hazardous due to high surf and strong currents.
Halawa Beach Park (North Shore) – Located at the end of scenic Halawa Valley, Halawa Beach Park offers two beautiful tree-fringed, black-sand beaches (known as Kama'alaea and Kawilli) that flow into an azure lagoon framed by black lava rocks.
The best swimming and snorkelling is close to shore in summer, while winter attracts surfers with big offshore waves on the north side of the bay. Enjoy a picnic or go fishing. Facilities include toilets, a picnic pavilion and barbecue grills. There are no lifeguards.
Murphy Beach Park (East Shore) – Discover this pretty strip of golden sand that curves around a reef-protected shallow bay, safe for swimming, snorkelling and diving outside the reef when the sea is calm. Enjoy a picnic beneath ironwood and palm trees, sunbathe on the soft sand or cast a line for papio. Facilities include three small pavilions, barbecue grills and picnic tables, but no lifeguards, toilets or showers.
Sandy Beach (East Shore) – One of Molokai's most popular swimming beaches offers a tiny shelf of golden sand protected by a reef, with great views across to the islands of Maui and Lanai. Relax on the soft sand or go swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are no facilities here.
One Ali’i Beach Park (South Shore) – Stroll in the footsteps of Hawaiian royalty on the oldest public beach park on Molokai. One Ali'i I and One Ali'i II beaches offer safe swimming and picnic areas that sit within a shady coconut grove. Facilities include outdoor showers, toilets, barbecue grills, picnic tables and a children’s playground.
Kepuhi Beach (West Shore) – Summer months bring calm water to this pretty golden-sand beach that fronts the Kaluakoi Resort and Golf Course. Enjoy picturesque sunsets any time of the year and go beachcombing, swimming, snorkelling, diving and bodysurfing in summer.
Watch out for the high surf conditions in winter that make watersports dangerous here. Apart from the resort’s facilities, beach amenities include toilets and showers, but no lifeguard.