Hulopoe Bay, Lanai
Name: Hulopoe Bay
What: Fronting the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, named one of America's best beaches
- Where: Follow Manele Road south to the coast
- More Info: Toilet and picnic facilities available
The pristine beauty of Hulopoe Bay earned Hulopoe Beach the title of America's best beach in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach). Located on Lanai's southern coast, Hulopoe Bay greets you with a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters.
Most of the year, this protected bay fronting the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is the best spot on the island for snorkelling and swimming. In the winter months, swimmers should avoid rough conditions. Open to the public, Hulopoe Beach Park also has a great beach park with picnic tables, barbecue grills, toilets and showers.
One of the highlights of Hulopoe Bay is its large tidal pools located at the eastern side of the bay. Carved out of volcanic rock, these tidal pools are well protected, keeping the waters calm for exploring. Tidal pools are created when rocky shores are covered and then exposed by the fluctuating tide. Small organisms adapt to this changing landscape, and many hermit crabs, sea stars, opihi (limpet) and small fish dwell here.
As a protected site, rich with marine life, visitors are asked to leave every stone and shell in its place. This helps preserve the bay for Hawaii's colourful native fish and sea life. Acrobatic spinner dolphins can often be seen in Hulopoe Bay, while the winter months bring visits from humpback whales.
Be sure to take a 15-20 minute hike along the cliffs just southeast of the tidal pools to view the Lanai landmark Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock). Legend says a heartbroken warrior jumped from this 80-foot summit, rising from the sea, overcome with grief after his wife’s passing.