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Shipwreck Beach, Poipu

4.3
#5 of 26 in Beaches in Kauai
A great spot for surfing and body surfing, Shipwreck Beach offers a wide sandy shoreline surrounded by greenery. You may recognize the 10.7 m (35 ft) cliff at the site, as it was featured in the movie "6 Days and 7 Nights" with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, who jumped off it. You can climb the cliff for a new perspective of the beach. (Jumping is not recommended, however, because tides can cause shifting sand and expose rocks.) Hike a nature trail here to take advantage of the scenery. Due to strong waves, and because there are no lifeguards in the area, swimming at this beach is not recommended. To visit Shipwreck Beach and get the most from your holiday in Poipu, create itinerary details personal to you using our Poipu travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I can see why ships wrecked here. The rocks and huge breakers must have combined to create a real danger zone. Despite that, we saw several swimmers off shore and two Hawaiian seals lazing in the surf...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We initially found this beach because we took a "yoga on the beach" class. We came back the next day to hike the bluff overlooking the beach. We were treated to spectacular views and even watched a co...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The waves are huge crashers, the beach not often crowded, and there is a historic trail that goes up to the cliff and for miles beyond for those that want to wander in a natural setting. Do be careful...  more »

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