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Makawehi Lithified Cliffs

Address: near Shipwreck Beach, Poipu, Kauai, HI (Koloa)
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Ranked #5 of 20 Activities in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks

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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We were put up at kapaa and it rained there a lot, so 30 mins south (on advice of a local) the weather pattern alters. In GPS put in the directions for "Shipwreck Beach" There is a small parking lot that gets filled early on (so worth coming here right after breakfast). From the beach there is a quick trail... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was the highlight of our trip. My bf who has been to Kauai 10x had never heard of this place and he could not stop grinning the entire time. Some of the best photos are from this hike. We hiked in from the Gillans Beach lot and decided after we got back to the car to spend the rest... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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365 reviews 365 reviews
165 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Very scenic / nice hike ---- 4 of us really enjoyed this hike. Keen sandals were good. Hiking boots would probably be better because they wouldn't be filled with sand. We were a bit confused when we were looking for the trailhead. In the dirt area of the parking lot (just E of Hyatt) it looks like you could hook... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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167 reviews 167 reviews
40 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had some confusion around this and the heritage trail but it seems they are the same, at least to start. There are two options to begin with. One - take the dirt road leading out of the small parking lot just outside the entrance to the beach lot. This will shoot you further into the hike and is a... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We parked at Shipwreck Beach and took the short walk East to the start of the cliffs. It was still dark so we took our headlamps, this helped us find the start of the trail, during the day it would've been no problem. We found a nice spot to wacych the sun come up, it was the best sunrise spot... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

The coastline has many interesting rock structures, mostly formed from its volcanic history. The deep red colouring of the ironstone a great contrast to the green surrounding it. It's an easy walk but be aware the weather can change within 10 minutes here.

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michigan
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46 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We hiked here while heading out to Maha'ulepu shoreline. The shoreline here is amazing. We took probably 80 pictures. The hike can be difficult if you take the route right at the shore line. There is a little easier trek if you stay inland about 30 yards but we would recommend the route right on the beach. Bring rain gear... More 

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Donner Lake
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Wow, what a cool place. An easy walk along the coast with the cliffs. Easy to find at Shipwreck Beach. Just explore and have fun

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Victoria, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

On this hike you'll go from being on the cliffs high above the ocean to right alongside the surf, to strolling through beautiful vegetation. Not a difficult walk, but make sure you bring snacks and lots of water if you're going to do the whole thing. This was a highlight of our trip, and we'd do it again in an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Hiked this today and had a ball but you have to get off the cliffs and climb down to the beaches and tide pools. So many cool things to see including some tropical fish that got washed into the pool and were trapped til the next high tide. The view from down below is even more amazing!

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