Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail

Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, Poipu: Address, Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail
4.5

Tours and Tickets

Popular mentions

4.5
958 reviews
Excellent
746
Very good
184
Average
20
Poor
7
Terrible
1

Dawn Champine Larzelier
Nampa, ID35 contributions
Excellent Views and Hiking
Apr 2021
We spent most of the afternoon hiking this trail and taking pictures of the waves on the rocks below. The local fisherman were friendly. Some Jeepers rode into the trails and on the rocks. Definitely wear your sturdy shoes on this one as there is all kinds of rocky terrain not suitable for sandals.
Written 18 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

harbrsl
Pacifica, CA321 contributions
beautiful trail but sometimes hard to navigate
Aug 2021
i had incredible weather for this hike and i loved every minute of seeing the blue blue of the water and the light changing the color of the orange in the cliffs. it is a beautiful hike that ends at a really nice beach.

my only issue was that the trail was hard to follow at times, to the point that i was literally looking for footprints in the sand. there were some hazards with tree roots as well. just a few well placed markers would serve everyone well, especially if they aren't local.
Written 9 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Seattlebirk
18 contributions
Great views and small hike
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing. Very small hike up from parking lot. Incredible ledge hike on top. Keep a hold of the young ones. Easy to walk / hike and near a secluded beach
Written 9 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

busconi
Wenatchee, WA4,691 contributions
Great Hike!!!
Aug 2021
Nice moderate hike along ocean cliffs from Shipwreck Beach to Mahaulepu Beach...pretty amazing hike. A little over two miles and the entire way are jaw dropping, beautiful views. We left early, about 8:00, before it got too hot. The hike back around 2:00 was a bit warm....be sure to bring water. You do have a small section where you hike along the side of a golf course, but most of the time you are right along side the cliffs. You will find there are many trails you can take...we chose to stay along the cliffs for the views and the cool breezes (sometimes really strong breezes!!!. If you don't get to the Shipwreck Beach Parking area early, it might be hard to find a parking spot...gets very busy. Highly recommend this hike!!!
Written 5 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mbaack
altoona, ia54 contributions
Breathtaking Hike
Jul 2021
My husband and I have hiked in many locations across the world and this is one of the best we've done! We were able to see sea turtles along the shoreline and the trail led to a cave and a secluded beach area. The trail is classified as 'easy', but I found a walking stick to be helpful along the way to maneuver across some of the rocky and sandy terrain. Make sure to wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes rather than flipflops! It is best to go early so it is cooler. We even tried the hike 2 days in a row and it seemed like a different hike each day due to the weather conditions being sunny one day and cloudy the next. Also, there are so many different trails along the coast line that all lead to the same place, but they each have different vegetations and views.
Written 10 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gary333888
Phoenix, AZ104 contributions
Fantastic Hike!!!
Jun 2021
First time to do this trail. Wow! What a great hike. Distance is good (we did about 6.5 miles out/in). The hike is not difficult by any standards. Beautiful views of the coastline (including Shipwreck Beach) throughout the hike. 2-3 beaches are accessible along the trail. There were a lot of comments about the trail being confusing. Yes, there are a lot of off-shoots that might be confusing, but if you just stay w/ the coastline and/or next tot he golf course, you cannot get lost. Towards the end, do visit the caves. There is a recommended donation when you do. We suggest you do the $10 pp donation to aid in the protection of that site.
Written 14 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

The Thompsons say Hi!
Jamestown, NC30 contributions
Utterly breathtaking
May 2021 • Family
We have done a bunch of hikes on the islands and this one probably has the most magnificent views. This was unexpected since it’s a coastal trail and doesn’t have major elevation change. But my goodness the views were astonishing. Huge rock formations, stunning cliffs and those amazing Hawaiian waters. This is a relatively easy hike but it is hot so bring water and lather up in advance. This will now be top of my list of “must do on Kauai!”
Written 21 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

john b
Valparaiso, IN772 contributions
Great until golf course ( IMHO)
Feb 2021
Great hike, sandy and many off trails that let you gaze at the ocean and cliffs. We wanted to go to the end but as you approach the golf course you will see signs of "sacred place". Next time I would stop here ( BIG stone wall to your left). From here on you walk over little rocks, then through a gold course to a path that seems to go don to the beach.
Wonderful walk
Written 1 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

robert c
Sunnyvale, CA3,510 contributions
18 things you must know about the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail
Jan 2020
One of the most picturesque hiking trails on Kauai, with views of ocean, cliffs, limestone caves, sinkholes, horse stables, and expansive beaches.

We drive along Poipu road, passing the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa, making a right turn just before the big concrete sign of the Poipu Bay Golf course.

Best to start early in the day before the temperatures heat up. Even on December 12, 2019 , temperatures hit 81 degrees by 11am, peaking at 83 degrees by 3pm. Carry water and wear a hat to protect from the tropical sun.

Parked in the free Shipwreck beach parking lot, which can fill in a hurry. Later arrivals parked alongside the road in the mud leading to the parking lot.

Use the bathroom facilities, as no bathrooms nor water alongside the trail. However, once we came here before 8am, and the bathrooms were closed.

We dressed in running shoes, as the first half mile is sand, and you don't want those causing blisters in your sandals or flip flops.

Walked along the edge of Shipwreck beach, and then up a rocky hillside, climbing upwards boulder to boulder. Over the top of the hill of limestone, and an awesome sight of waves crashing against the stone cliffs below, on this southeastern coastal corner of Kauai.

Trail goes alongside the ocean, in and out of forests of Kiwae, with fantastic limestone rock formations in view right at the ocean' edge. Arches of rock, and pinnacles rising right out of the sea.

Not advisable to hike on the sandy areas right on the cliffsides, as they might crumble.

Sandy dunes replace the rock path, and then red clay. Inlets everywhere along the jagged coast line, where during calmer times you can see sea turtles or Hawaiian monk seals resting on the sands of the inlets.

In the background the red-brown Makawehi Bluffs. We pass a pond and then the golf course itself. One time saw a dude on a mountain bike, just waiting to be cited by a ranger. Hikers are warned by signs to stay on the very edge of the golf course. Safety fences separate you from the very edge of the cliffs.

At the end of the golf course is an area of tall grasses, where you can see where you've hiked.

Go over the hill, and come down, passing CJM country horse stables.

Pass by the Makauwahi sinkhole and cave, now open 10am-4pm daily for tours.

Reach Mahaulepu or Gillin's beach about 75 minutes after starting. Rugged and remote area, but there is Gillin's beach house right on the beach.

On our way back, one can cut through the forests away from the limestone hill formation, but don't get lost, like we did and reach a dead end before doubling back.

Three hours after starting, we return to the now full parking lot and open restrooms. Long line of women at the women's restroom, and no line at the men's restroom.

I was stopped by two women, as their lady companion had to go so badly, she's using the guy's bathroom. At least they didn't have multiple unisex bathrooms like they do in Yosemite NP, as I would have had to wait my turn in line with all the ladies ahead of me!
Written 13 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Johnny_A916q
Hurricane, UT121 contributions
Easy fun sunset hike
Nov 2020 • Family
I’d recommend this for any age group or active lifestyle. Easy to wake along the beautiful east coast of island. Unbelievable views around every corner.
Written 27 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 935
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing