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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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
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 18 November 2023
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getaways
Maui, HI3,132 contributions
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 17 October 2023
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Ipututrisna D
3 contributions
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 11 October 2023
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drbsick
Maple Grove, MN126 contributions
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 26 December 2022
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SmitcheQ
Waikoloa, Hawaii36 contributions
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 9 October 2022
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AdventureSheSaid
Brisbane, Australia241 contributions
Sept 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 29 September 2022
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Trisha
Fair Lawn, NJ609 contributions
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 21 August 2022
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Karl
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Jul 2022
This is a great little hidden beach that is protected by perfectly placed rocks that break the waves. Great swimming destination.
Written 23 July 2022
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Steve Murphy
Denver, CO2 contributions
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 8 June 2022
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christine c
3 contributions
May 2022
Walked over to the red sand beach from our bungalow at the Hana-Maui. Like others have said, the beach is stunning. However, on our return a gentleman in his 70s just ahead of us fell 20 feet. Rescuers were able to get to him quickly. But, we have since learned the locals don't go to this beach because the trail crosses private property. It seems to be dissrepectful in general to visit this trail and beach. Falls happen at least 2 x per week according to the locals. We saw pregnant women on the trail, older folks, people carrying children and beach gear - all negotiating the trail without problem. However, it is very dangerous - one wobble or misstep and down you go. I wish the travel books would take this one off the visit list. Had I known how locals feel, I would not have gone.
Written 22 May 2022
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