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For those longing to get away from it all, Molokai’s miles of sandy beaches offer amazing unspoiled beauty and seclusion. You won’t find resort-studded shores teeming with beach bars and surf schools, as is common on other islands, nor is there an abundance of clear, calm water for snorkeling. But don’t be surprised if you have the beach all to yourself (that means no lifeguards, either)—a rare luxury that sets Molokai apart.
Note: Many of Molokai’s beaches are subject to very strong currents, especially in the winter months. Always heed warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, rip currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ability level.
Central Molokai Beaches
One Alii Beach Park
Situated just east of Kaunakakai, this favorite beach of Hawaiian alii (royalty) has picnic facilities, restrooms and parking, making it a great place for a day in the sun.
West Molokai Beaches
Papohaku Beach Park
At three miles long and 100 yards wide, this is one of the largest white-sand beaches in all of Hawaii, offering distant views of Leahi (Diamond Head) on Oahu and ample space to spread out. There are restrooms, picnic facilities and even campsites, but no lifeguards.
Kapukahehu Beach (Dixie Maru Beach)
There are no facilities at this small, sheltered cove, but the protected waters make it a popular swimming spot for families. High surf can bring strong currents, so use caution.
East Molokai Beaches
Kumimi Beach Park (20 Mile Marker Beach)
This is one of Molokai’s snorkeling spots that is easier to access. There are no restrooms here, and the water can become rough at high surf, so be careful.
Halawa Beach Park
At the mouth of the majestic Halawa Valley, Halawa Beach Park offers two separate beaches on a secluded bay, with sweeping views of lush mountains and distant waterfalls. The beaches are good for swimming on a calm day, and picnic and restroom facilities are available.