Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach

Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach

Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach
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This hidden cove in Kauiki Head is known for its unusually red sand, hence the name, caused by the oxidization of iron from the surrounding lava rock. Bordered by steep cliffs, the bay itself is protected by jagged black lava rock, sharply contrasting against the vivid blue of the ocean beyond. The trail to the beach, however, passes through private property and navigating the narrow unpaved path to the cove along the cliff edge can be dangerous—so it's best to view this wonder from afar. Don't forget to wear proper hiking shoes and only visit when the weather is good. – Tripadvisor
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William H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is not a kid friendly beach, nor is it safe for the elderly, the trail us very dangerous, the beach is made of tiny sharp rocks ( not sand) the area to swin is dangerous due to all of the lava rocks creating very concentrated push and pull, also there is a good bit of nudity. In a nutshell if you aren't familiar with the beach skip this one and leave it to thw locals or those who are familiar with it as in the few hours I was there I saw several injuries both from the trail and people getting pusher in to the jagged rocks.
Written June 10, 2024
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smhr
Pickering, Canada298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a nice place however finding the place was a challenge. The place is in Hana and almost towards the end of the town. We asked a couple of locals and they had no idea about this place, so you better get the directions figured out BEFORE you embark on the trip. There is no parking lot there, so you will need to park on the side of the road. There is space available for about 10 or so cars. The parking is free

After parking your vehicle, you will need to walk towards the beach via a private property ie someone's lawn. I dont think they mind as there were no signs asking people to stay away but there were ample signs that you are taking the trail at your own risk. Once you get to the beach, you will need to walk on the trail along the sea. Be very careful because the trail is not very safe. Its very narrow and also slippery due to loose gravel

Once there , you will enjoy the red sand beach
Written November 18, 2023
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getaways
Maui, HI4,270 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Saw the no trespassing signs and stopped.
Spoke to some residents that explained that the path to the beach is eroding and slippery.
There have been many accidents where adults and children have fallen down the slope into the rocks below.
We turned around and did not go .
Written October 17, 2023
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Ipututrisna D
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
A very nice and hidden beach even though the road to get there is very dangerous but fun good for sunbathing and very beautiful evening views with red sand beaches and red cliffs
Written October 11, 2023
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drbsick
Maple Grove, MN139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
It was a bit of a pain to get to and a little scary, but a highlight of our road to Hana trip. Make sure to park in designated areas. A policeman was writing tickets for others when we left. When the trail splits uphill or to the rocky beach, go uphill. You can't get there just walking along the beach. It is dangerous as many signs will point out, but we saw people at the beach of all sorts - older couples, families with young kids, young adults. It was cool to see the sand but the swimming was only mediocre - shallow and small waves (probably good for young kids but the trip there is not).
Written December 26, 2022
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SmitcheQ
Waikoloa, Hawaii48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
I debated this stop due to the warnings, but I am SO glad we chanced it. It was by far my favorite stop on our Hana trip. Yes, getting there is tricky. It is not for those uncomfortable with a narrow, sometimes slippery path uphill. However, if you are fit & careful it can be done. Once there, the absolute beauty of the cliff & water is breathtaking. The water was crystal clear & the rocks very manageable. Worth the risk!
Written October 9, 2022
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AdventureSheSaid
Brisbane, Australia223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
If you're doing the Hana drive - then this beach is a must! Very cool and surprisingly very easy to get to! Take care on the hike.
Written September 29, 2022
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Trisha
Fair Lawn, NJ624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a Isolated beach accessed via a steep hiking trail which goes next to a private property. Clear warning is posted at the beginning of the trail being dangerous and to hike at your own risk. This is a place mostly locals are aware and not crowded by ignorance. Which probably a good thing to preserve the nature at it's best form. The contrast between the red and turquoise water makes it out of this world scene. During the high tide or heavy rainfall water level must rise up which is evident from the water marks on the side of the cliff. I was the only person in the beach when I was able to navigate down via the steep and narrowed trail since my partner wanted to stay back up on the cliff to take a video (posted in instagram). It was a little scary to be all alone in the cove surrounded by the mesmerizing red cliffs. But it worth every second. Don't venture out here after the sunset. It get's dark here quickly.
Written August 21, 2022
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Karl
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a great little hidden beach that is protected by perfectly placed rocks that break the waves. Great swimming destination.
Written July 23, 2022
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Steve Murphy
Denver, CO2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
This beach is something else entirely. However, think about the perspective of the locals. They deal with non stop rental car traffic and still they operate throughout their day to day with a smile and nod. However, when a sign says do not trespass, it means do not trespass. It’s insulting to both Hawaiian and Hawaiian culture to disrespect their wishes here. No amount of instagram likes isn’t going to shake the dirty feeling of trespassing.
Written June 8, 2022
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