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Makawehi Lithified Cliffs

near Shipwreck Beach, Poipu, Kauai, HI (Koloa)
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations
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Burke, Virginia, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

the ocean with the powerful waves crashing against the rocks with the red soil make for very nice photos. Did not see the turtles or fossils so may have to go back

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Kansas City
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Past the Hyatt there is a trail just off the beach at the end of Shipwrecks Beach. Follow the trail and you will experience a beautiful view of the cliffs and Keoneloa Bay. The hike is easy and best early in the morning when the sunrise is hitting the cliffs.

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Toronto, Canada
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173 reviews 173 reviews
43 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It was an easy climb and well worth doing. The view from up there was breathtaking. We took hiking poles with us, but they really aren't necessary for this trail.

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Leesburg, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's a short hike up with cliff just a little ways to the left of the beach. To get there, turn off of Poipu Rd onto Ainako Rd., past the Hyatt golf course. There's public beach parking (limited). If you want to get in the water on Shipwreck Beach, be a very strong swimmer. I saw a few people struggling... More

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Santa Fe, NM
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Do wear sturdy shoes, as some of the cliff walking is rocky. You can go part-way and spend hours watching the turtles and kite surfers (if they are out). Quiet beaches for those who don't want to swim but just want some quiet beach time.

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Irvine, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Short hike about one mile or so, but worth the trip in every way. Bring a camera and stand sixty feet off the water and watch as waves form out in the ocean and come crashing hard into the cliff. Explosions of water against the rocks is out of control.

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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a beautiful hike along lithified cliffs above the ocean. Start to the left of Shipwrecked Beach. Hike a far as you like and then turn around and go back. There are lots of trails along the way, it's prettier closer to the water.

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12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My daughters and I took this hike one evening. It's an interesting and easy hike that takes a couple of hours max.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I took the trail at the end of Shipwreck beach. There are beautiful views from up above the cliffs. It was a very easy hike. Highly recommend it.

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Seattle, Washington
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120 reviews 120 reviews
22 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This trail is also known as Mahaulepu Beach Trail, Mahaulepu Coastal Trail and Mahaulepu Heritage Trail; so confusing! This is one of the most beautiful trails in the island. Although not very popular among "serious" and "full-equipped" hikers, it offers scenic views of the rocky shores; you will walk listening all the time the brave sea hitting the cliffs. You'll... More

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