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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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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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Silverthorne, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This hike is worth doing if you are in the area and like hiking. There are plenty of great views to take in and a nice beach to cool off in on either end of the hike. If you are staying at the Hyatt, this hike is easily accessible from the beach. You might see a few different paths to... More

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Portage, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just go up from shipwreck beach for great views. Amazing ocean views from scenic cliffs. We took a ton of pictures which are all on my wife's camera so I could not include them here. You can spend 5 minutes or hours.

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San Francisco
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The hiking wasn't too strenuous and there were some wonderful views of crashing surf. A very beautiful area.

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Seabeck, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

VERY bumpy dirt road with huge potholes. if you have high clearance or a ratty ride go for this road past the Hyatt in Poipu. It's a must. lots of beach, cliffs are beautiful and easy access. Maybe bring a picnic. Also good for little ocean goers with small pools of water where an adult can sit and cool off,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is an awesome hike with gorgeous views of the south shore. I suggest to go early because it gets hot as it gets later in the day. We had a little problem finding it but we did. You can either go through the Hyatt hotel and veer left towards the cliffs where it starts or just pass through the... More

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new hampshire
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8 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

In the many times staying down at the Hyatt we have never taken the hike out here. Finally made it earlier this month. Very different look then the rest of the island. Minimal sun coverage so it gets very hot so wear sunscreen and a hat. Watched some crazy local kids jump off into the ocean.

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