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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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Seattle, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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35 reviews 35 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
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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Portland, OR
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This hike is very scenic next to the ocean it can get very hot when you are off the trail by the ocean and do not feel the trade winds. If you like taking pictures of the scenery and like knowing the history of the trail I would suggest walking it and taking your camera and binoculars.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The cliffs are great, unlike most of the other scenery on Kaua'i. We only saw a few other people in the hour we were hiking, too. The landscape, even though right next to a huge resort and golf course, was pristine.

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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We've been going to Kauai for many years but somehow managed to miss this attraction. Depending on the path you take, it can be easy or tricky (but doable for most people). The path we took near the edge of the beach did require a little bit of minor climbing but you are rewarded with a nice view from the... More

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