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Papohaku Beach

Kaluakoi Rd, Molokai, HI 96770
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Ranked #4 of 43 Attractions in Molokai
Type: Beaches
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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I grew up in Hawaii. This is one of my favorite beaches in my home state and the one that best balances beauty, accessibility and isolation. Unfortunately, these adjectives may seem contradictory these days but they are not in the case of Papohaku Beach. This is an extremely rare experience and I highly recommend it. WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE PAPOHAKU... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you want to feel like you are the only one left- this is a wonderful beach. we had the only foot prints in the sand. We did not do any swimming, we were warned by the locals about the bad riptides and told to do our swimming on another beach. It is a beautiful beach and wonderful for spending... More

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is one of the largest beaches of Hawaii--akin to Makena beach on Maui, yet there is no one here. It is absolutely gorgeous with great sand and some waves close to the shore. There are some eating pavillions and toilets, but no other facilities nearby. Great beach--highly recommended if you are a beach type person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Pāpōhaku Beach is a wonderful beach that appears to be virtually uninhabited. We spent a lovely evening there, renewing our wedding vows. I couldn't think of a better place to do that renewal.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Beautiful 3 mile sand beach. Access through state beach park or various public access lanes. Great for beach combing and tanning. We just went in knee deep as the surf was large and rip tides present.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a three mile expansive of gorgeous golden sand that is fine and soft. We visited there two days and spent our last morning on Molokai walking up and down this beach. It is too rough in winter to swim and you do occasionally feel somewhat sandblasted if you are sitting on the beach. BUT it is the most... More

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vernon bc
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This beach is amazing for sunset strolls and those iconic pictures of crashing waves lit gold and red as the sun drops. Swimming can be great here,mostly during the summer or when the ocean calms down. There is also a spot on the far right end were it can be safe and enjoyable but.....IF THE SURF IS UP AND THERE... More

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West Newton, Pennsylvania
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

As everyone before noted in their review, this is not a beach for swimming (or even wading into the surf). Strong undertow and crashing waves sent me back on my one attempt to at least get waist deep to cool off. It is, however, one of the best places in the state to find some decent size shells in unbroken... More

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Kahului, Hawaii
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights, and were almost alone at the campsite. The facilities we really clean, there was a shower both inside and outside. As well there were some tables and benches, which made it great to have a dinner and breakfast under the trees. In the morning you would be able to listen to the sounds of... More

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New York
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I think others have pretty much covered it, in terms of the beautiful sand, only rare encounters with creatures of the human kind, and the warning about not even thinking of going here to swim. (Tide and rock shelf are treacherous even for strong swimmers). Picnic/luaus followed by a walk seems to be the way to go for regulars, while... More

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