Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach), Lanai
Kaiolohia, Shipwreck Beach
Off-the-beaten-track beach featuring a wrecked ship offshore
Roughly thirty minutes north of Lanai City. Roads are unmarked so get clear directions from your concierge
4-wheel drive vehicle is required
4-wheel drive about a half-hour north from Lanai City and you’ll discover Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck Beach. This windy, 12-kilometre stretch of beach has wrecked numerous ships along its shallow, rocky channel. In fact, the hull of a ghostly oil tanker from the 1940s is still beached on Kaiolohia Bay’s coral reef, its rusted hull giving the beach a surreal sense of wonder.
With excellent views of Molokai and Maui, this is a great area for beachcombing and exploring, but swimming is not advised. Beyond the beach, about 180 metres up a trail past the Shipwreck Beach sign are the Kukui Point petroglyphs, marked by reddish-brown boulders.
A 4-wheel drive is required. Visitors should be careful not to get their vehicles stuck in the sand. Once you reach the sand at sea level and the road opens up, roughly 30 minutes from departing the Lanai City, park and walk the rest of the way to the beach. Consult your concierge for details.