What’s the greatest reason to visit Hawaii? The outstanding ocean views, of course! And the best way to view the coastline of Kauai is a hike on the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail: a beautiful four-mile route along the island’s southeast coast. When I say it’s the best, I’m not exaggerating; it’s the number one thing to do in Poipu on TripAdvisor with 308 reviews — only 4 of which are “poor” (and written by people who seem to have gotten lost looking for the trailhead).
The trail begins at Shipwrecks Beach, to the east of the Grand Hyatt. It’s a little tricky to find the trailhead because it can be accessed in a variety of ways. Just north of Shipwrecks Beach, you’ll see a small parking lot next to the hotel and a sparsely wooded area. Start the hike by walking east along the path — you should be able to easily see the beach. You’ll soon come to a rocky hill. Climb uphill towards the rough cliff faces and continue to walk along the coastline. A few different paths lead up the hill; some are steeper than others. We opted to stay close to the cliffs for a better view.
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