If you’re searching for a beach that has all the look and feel of a deserted island, then Haula Beach is for you. A small beach located on Kauai’s far, south-eastern shore, Haula Beach feels like another world with lithified cliffs, a wide-open sunny expanse, crashing waves, and a very blue ocean framed by Kawelikoa Point.
All this gives the beach a raw and untamed feel. Adding to the mystique, at least on our recent visit, is an improvised beach shack built from driftwood and adorned with discarded netting and other items. It’s a scene right out of Robinson Crusoe.
At Haula Beach you will find plenty of sun and absolutely no shade. Offshore, the sea is turbulent and the rocky beach is no place for swimming or snorkeling. Haula Beach is best for sightseeing and beachcombing.
Haula Beach is about a quarter mile from the main part of Mahaulepu Beach. Park at Mahaulepu Beach then hike east along the coast. You can also park at Makauwahi Cave and hike east along Gillin’s Beach past Mahaulepu Beach.
Additionally, you can hike the Mahaulepu Trail from Shipwreck Beach near the Grand Hyatt Kauai to the area. Regardless of how far you are hiking, take plenty of water and use plenty of sunscreen. This area is hot and sunny.
This rocky, sunny beach is unlike some of the other beaches on Kauai.
Waves crash into the coastline beyond the beach.
The far promontory is Kawelikoa Point.
The improvised beach shack is a nice touch for this deserted beach.
Hike east past Haula Beach and you will soon see this fence. We stopped our journey at the fence, but have heard it is possible to hike all the way to Kawelikoa Point (though we are unsure of access rights).
Haula Beach Panorama