Moloa'a Beach
Moloa'a Beach
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Sissy C
Ruston, LA172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
I've visited this beach several years now but my most recent visit gave me pause on how this spot should be rated for 2017. Five years ago, I would have said 5 stars all the way, but a few factors have changed my opinion.
A lot of sandy beach area seems to have eroded since my last visit. A lot of large rocks are now exposed where I used to watch families with children swimming and playing. The waves would now push them right in to harm's way. Moloa'a beach was almost pristine on past trips; this year there was quite a lot of trash about.
On the north curve of the beach there is a small area that provided some nice, very safe snorkling. That bowl is shallower now and a lot of fishing takes place now...We dont see people catching much, but their broken lines and lost tackle are scattered across the areas we used to snorkle and swim. For the first time this year, people were out near the snorkling/swimming area shooting at fish with crossbows. It just didnt feel safe.
If you rent a vacation home near or at the end of the dead end access road, just know before you go that you are NOT welcome by a lot of the locals who camp out on the beach in the evenings and on the weekends. It's bad when alcohol gets in the mix and a few bad eggs steal your paid parking spot, shine flash lights in your house windows when you're trying to sleep, bang on your house doors and various other pranks and nonsense.
If you rent a house anywhere on the road, be aware that there is really no public parking there to speak of, so people encroach upon the road. Traffic in or out becomes a hassle.
If you just want to see a pretty area, come in the morning when almost no one is about, but the narrow river inlet may be a challenge to cross if the water is running swiftly. It's only a few inches deep, but it will sure take your feet out from under you if you aren't careful.
Written August 16, 2017
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Ken V
Charlotte, NC565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Actually a nice beach, but wanted to visit because of ties to Gilligan island. It was pretty cool to see where pilot was filmed in early 60’s homes here have some awesome. Idea. I am jealous. Spend a half day here and take I the quiet
Written December 20, 2019
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Theresa C
Allendale, NJ782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
As we continued up the coast, north of Kapa'a our guide pulled into a residential neighborhood and led us through what seemed like people's back yards to Moloa'a Beach. In Hawaii, all beaches are public and even private homes must provide access to the ocean.
Once the access-way opened up onto the bay, we were treated to a fairly secluded beach area with a stream running through it.
Fun fact: the pilot and a few other episodes of Gilligan's Island were filmed here.
Written November 23, 2019
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Lisa S
Hummelstown, PA9,941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We were brought here by Shaka Guide app. You must park and walk down a resident only street. About a city block down on the right side is a sign pointing to a walkway between 2 houses. Very shortly you are on the beach and the cove is amazing. It’s where the first season of Gilligan’s Island (TV show) was filmed. There is shade but no bathroom facilities of any kind which is why we didn’t stay!
Written January 20, 2019
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oldmayor
Portland, ME233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Discovered this beach for the first time...only a few people there. Steeply raked down to the water, so could be dangerous in heavy surf. We did not get back to spend more time but will do so on our next visit. Very limited parking, so go early.
Written November 28, 2017
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yourvito
burbank,california2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Gorgeous beach, relaxing waves, ugly ghost crabs, pretty reefs. Loved it. Standing in the exact area where the SS MINNOW was beached, also the day JFK was shot, was chilling. Try to imagine the pilot was shot here before there was any real estate, with different actors playing GINGER, MARY ANN and the PROFESSOR. You can see this beach in the unaired pilot MAROONED. Also in the first episode TWO ON A RAFT.
Written July 27, 2019
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Matt L
Fair Oaks, CA157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Had to go see where Gilligan's Island started. As others have said you have about a 1/4 mile walk to get there. The beach was nice. Sand meets water on Hawaii, what's wrong with that? Perhaps the only useful part of this review is "buy a Neso shade tent". Take it with you every time you go to the beach. 9' by 9' and easy to set up. It will tolerate REALLY strong winds and double your stay time on the beach. Everybody who walked past asked "what is that thing?" Then they went and tried to find shade on the rocky edges while we luxuriated in the middle of the beach! Find a lightweight giant beach blanket thing too. Ours is made out of parachute material (I think "Wekapo" makes it) and it stuffs into the side pocket of the Neso Tent carry bag. I'm surprised the Professor didn't think of that. . .
Written June 30, 2019
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Via_girl
Qualicum Beach, Canada3,004 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
This peaceful beach is good for sunbathing but we were told to be careful in the water because although it may look calm, there can be a strong current. Hardly anyone was there; we had it almost to ourselves. A picturesque beach with its classic crescent shape – can totally see how it made it onto tv.
Written January 29, 2019
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robertgH3359RG
Winnebago, United States58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Only a few miles off the main highway on a paved road. At the end of the road there are some houses and a small lot for parking, then it's about a few hundred feet to the beach sign then stepping on a few rocks to traverse a shallow stream and you're on the beach. On the day we visited there was only a young couple with a toddler on the entire beach. The pilot episode of the TV show Gilligan's Island was filmed here in 1963. Fifty-five years later the beach is still pretty secluded and undeveloped and you can see why they chose this spot as a filming location.
Written December 20, 2018
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Monica R
Whittier, CA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
I read about this beach in a local magazine and happened to stop off tonight in the early evening coming “home” from the north shore. It’s spectacular. The big yet quaint cove is quiet and untouched; I’m so jealous of the people who live in the raised homes right on the beach there. It truly is a paradise. We will be back in the AM in order to spend several hours. There is a reef in one part of the bay that looks pretty rough as far as rocks and waves, but there are plenty of other spots for kids to play.
Written July 26, 2018
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