Mahaulepu Beach is two miles of lovely natural Kauai shoreline, virtually untouched by modern life. One of the island's major coastal hiking trails leads straight to the beach's idyllic stretch of red-gold sand at the foot of the 1,500-foot high Haupu Ridge's sea cliffs.
The gorgeous isolated ocean wilderness ambiance is beautiful but there are no lifeguards or facilities.
Scientists spend much time studying this unspoiled tropical spot, but it's also a popular place to swim, windsurf, shell hunt, and take leisurely private strolls.
Just west of the sandy parking lot is a reef-sheltered lagoon that's ideal for a dip. Outside of that location, large waves and strong currents can make swimming risky.
To reach the secluded beach, drive about 3 miles east past the Hyatt Regency on Poipu Rd., pass a golf course and stables along the dirt road and turn right at the T intersection. Turn let at the big sand dune and park in the small lot under the trees about a half mile down.