Molokai's Wonderful Beaches

Sunset over Molokai
Sunset over Molokai
© HVCB / Ron Dahlquist

Beaches

South shore beaches are sheltered and quiet within the protection of the barrier reef, while east end beaches outside the reef can be breathtaking with pounding surf. North and west shore beaches range from quiet to rebellious depending on the season.

South Shore

One Alii Park has family safe swimming, with amenities including showers, shelter and cooking areas, a picnic area and campsites. Kakahaia Beach Park is another sandy family-oriented beach with good swimming.

East End

Pukoo has two beach areas and the second access (heading east) offers a wonderful sandy beach with great snorkelling where the reef swings close to shore. Watalua and Mile 20 both have good family swimming, with the reef connecting to the shore to provide safe snorkelling for children.

There are two coves past mile 20 with excellent swimming, but be careful anytime you see large swells. Halawa Valley Bayat, the end of the road, is swimmable year-round but be extra careful in the winter.

Papohaku
Papohaku
© HVCB / Ron Dahlquist

Northwest

Moomomi is a two mile nature preserve walk west and find a protected cove for year-round swimming. Few visitors venture south of Maunaloa to Haleolono Harbour. Take care on high surf days.

Papahaku and Kepuhi beaches are just below Kaluakoi Resort. Renowned for their vast expanses of sand, there is often high surf and undertows, so use some caution.

North of Kepuhi Bay and a 20 minute walk is Kawakiu Beach with good swimming depending on tide conditions.

If you are looking for a fresh water swimming pool, most of the hotels and condos have pools for guests while Kaunakakai has a community pool for those that want to do laps.