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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.
Please note: Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. Visit HIOCEANSAFETY.COM which constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the conditions for safety of Hawaiian beaches. Use the hazard signs on HIOCEANSAFETY.COM as well to quickly assess conditions and help you find the appropriate beach for your visit.
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.
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.
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.