The spectacular Cathedral Cove rock arch and white-sand crescent-shaped beach is possibly the most visited feature in Coromandel. The two hour return walk is steep but incredibly popular, although heavy rainfall on the unstable cliffs have caused considerable track damage in recent years. At the time of writing the track is open, though rough in parts, and plans were in place for a major upgrade. The water at the cove is usually calm and clear, good for swimming and snorkeling,
plus along the way there is a sidetrack (albeit steep) to Gemstone Bay, a rocky beach with an underground snorkel trail. To get there, travel along Hahei Beach Road, turn right toward town and the sea, and then, just past the shops, turn left onto Grange Road and follow the signs. In the height of summer the parking lot is likely to be full and you can start your walk down at the northern end of Hahei Beach, though it takes an extra 25 minutes and involves a bit of a climb. Another option is to jump on one of the small boat tours and water taxis that operate off Hahei Beach and can buzz you around to Cathedral Cove, or you could paddle there with Cathedral Cove Kayaks.