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Beaches, Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Getting to Shipwreck Beach (also known as Kaiolohia) is no walk in the park. But those who reach this fascinating destination on the island's northeastern coast receive quite the photo-op. Here, you'll spot two World War II ships that were intentionally grounded. Most come to see the YOGN-42, a fuel barge that's visible off the shore of Kaiolohia Bay. On the western end of Awalua Bay, there's another wreck, the YO-21 oiler that sits 6 miles away.

Though recent visitors warned this beach is not for swimming or sunbathing, they still recommend making the trek for the hike and views alone. However, they also caution that you'll see piles of trash debris that have washed ashore. If you want to help out the ecosystem here, consider bringing a trash bag to aid in the cleanup. Also, don't attempt to drive on the sand if you're not in a four-wheel-drive vehicle as you will get stuck and need to be towed. 

You'll find Shipwreck Beach less than 10 miles north of Lanai City. Take the Keomoku Highway past the Lodge at Koele. From there, take a right onto Keomoku Road (Highway 430). To reach the beach, you'll drive onto a dirt road and then hike a short distance. Check with your concierge before you depart for exact directions. Because the route requires driving on unpaved roads, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is strongly encouraged. Access is free 24/7, though it's not advisable to visit at night.

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