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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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Leesburg, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
132 helpful votes 132 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
22 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
45 helpful votes 45 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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