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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, Outdoors
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Donner Lake
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Burke, Virginia, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
70 helpful votes 70 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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