• Facilities

    Restrooms · Showers · Picnic Tables

  • Lifeguarded


  • Good For

    Relaxing · Sunset · Beach walking

Shipwreck Beach is a local favorite for surfing and body surfing. Located in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, parking is just beyond the hotel’s main entrance. Large surf usually pounds the shore and makes for difficult swimming and boogie boarding.

Here is also where you can find the start of the  Mahaulepu Heritage Trail,  a great hike to explore the otherwise inaccessible coastline.  A strong shorebreak can make this beach a dangerous spot to swim. Best for beach combing and sunsets.

And just nearby, you’ve got the start of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. It’s like stepping into another world. As you begin your journey, the coastal views open up, revealing the sheer magnificence of Kauai’s southern coastline. The waves crashing against the cliffs, the seabirds soaring overhead—it’s a scene straight out of paradise. Yep, Shipwrecks Beach and the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail are more than just sand and surf—they’re a piece of Kauai’s soul.

Beach Safety

  • Choose beaches with a lifeguard.
  • Before entering the water check for any warning signs indicating hazardous conditions.
  • Avoid swimming during high surf.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Never allow small children to swim or play in water unattended.
  • Never swim in murky water and never swim in river mouths.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean, an unexpected wave can knock you down and drag you out.
  • Listen to weather and surf forecasts on local radio or check the surf report