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Papohaku Beach

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Address: Kaluakoi Rd, Molokai, HI 96770

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Three miles of beautiful beach and a lovely park

We saw a total of 2 people on this amazing stretch of west shore beach. The park has clean restrooms and picnic tables under a canopy of trees.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 9, 2015
San Luis Obispo, CA

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2015

We saw a total of 2 people on this amazing stretch of west shore beach. The park has clean restrooms and picnic tables under a canopy of trees.

Thank SLOcyn
Weston, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very scenic beach with huge crashing waves. Not a swimming beach though just really nice to see. For photos I would recommend morning but the sunsets are good as well, just windier.

Thank Ezra S
Dalton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Papohaku Beach! We did not enter the water but loved the beautiful sand and view. Molokai'i is a great, restful place if you can live in harmony with the geckos.

1 Thank Nancy R
Rainier, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2015

We accessed this beach both from the road and from our rental condo at Kepuhi Shores. It offers a great walk with views of crashing waves and small sand dunes. Never did see anybody, though we did see some footprints.

1 Thank Ed K
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

The entire time I was on Molokai, not only did it rain but there was a pulverizing surf. I am a strong swimmer and grew up at the beach, but no way was I going in the water. The locals, however, were amazing. The aloha spirit runs strong here.

Thank CarmichaelVentura
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is the most famous beach in Molokai, so has a good visible sign and facilities, but we didn't see anyone else. The beach is pretty, but water is rough, and no life savers, so won't take any risk to go in the water. The beach has tiny prickly plants which sting my feet, so recommend to ware shoes to... More 

1 Thank akm193Sydney
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2014

I grew up in Hawaii. This is one of my favorite beaches in my home state and the one that best balances beauty, accessibility and isolation. Unfortunately, these adjectives may seem contradictory these days but they are not in the case of Papohaku Beach. This is an extremely rare experience and I highly recommend it. WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE PAPOHAKU... More 

2 Thank gocats89
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you want to feel like you are the only one left- this is a wonderful beach. we had the only foot prints in the sand. We did not do any swimming, we were warned by the locals about the bad riptides and told to do our swimming on another beach. It is a beautiful beach and wonderful for spending... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is one of the largest beaches of Hawaii--akin to Makena beach on Maui, yet there is no one here. It is absolutely gorgeous with great sand and some waves close to the shore. There are some eating pavillions and toilets, but no other facilities nearby. Great beach--highly recommended if you are a beach type person.

Thank TammyS3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Pāpōhaku Beach is a wonderful beach that appears to be virtually uninhabited. We spent a lovely evening there, renewing our wedding vows. I couldn't think of a better place to do that renewal.

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