Shipwrecks Beach (Keoneloa Bay) is one of Kauai’s most coveted beaches for surfing and windsurfing, but non-surf enthusiasts will certainly find fulfillment here as well. There’s an easy hiking trail that leads to some amazing not-to-be-missed sites.
One of them is Shipwrecks Beach, located in front of the Grand Hyatt below the Poipu Bay Golf Course. There is a public parking lot but it fills up fast so get there early. The beach is a beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline with white sand. The water here is not the best for swimming -- there are sometimes big waves and strong currents. There are some cliffs on the eastern portion of the beach that have a 30-40 foot jump into the ocean, if you dare.
Sunsets from Shipwrecks Beach are some of the most remarkable anywhere. Shipwrecks Beach also marks the beginning of the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, an easy coastal hike that will take you past beaches, bays, streams, lava formations, monk seals, and much, much more. Be aware that this side of the island is more exposed to rough waves and wind.