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Shipwreck Beach, Poipu

4.4
#2 of 6 in Beaches in Poipu
A great spot for surfing and body surfing, Shipwreck Beach offers a wide sandy shoreline surrounded by greenery. You may recognize the 10.7 m (35 ft) cliff at the site, as it was featured in the movie "6 Days and 7 Nights" with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, who jumped off it. You can climb the cliff for a new perspective of the beach. (Jumping is not recommended, however, because tides can cause shifting sand and expose rocks.) Hike a nature trail here to take advantage of the scenery. Due to strong waves, and because there are no lifeguards in the area, swimming at this beach is not recommended. Use our Poipu journey maker to add Shipwreck Beach and other attractions to your Poipu vacation plans.
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  • Shipwreck Beach is interesting but it's a long haul to get there. You should combine a trip here with a trip to the Lanai Petrogylphs and to Old Club Lanai  more »
  • This is a fun little hike to get to this beach. Fun to explore and quite pretty. Be careful not to get lost on the trail to the beach. There are several little side trails that can be confusing.  more »
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  • The water is extremely rough, even for experienced swimmers. Sat on the sand for a few minutes before leaving and heading elsewhere. It's pretty enough, but since you can't go in the water it's not much of a beach.
  • Even though the glass pieces are now very small it's still pretty and unique. But if you go around to the left, there's really cool lava rock to climb around which definitely added to the experience.

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