Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach)
Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach) Review
Kauapea Beach. This beach went relatively unknown—except by local fishermen, of course—for a long time, hence the common reference to it as "Secret Beach." You'll understand why once you stand on the coarse white sands of Kauapea and see the solid wall of rock 100 feet high, maybe more, that runs the length of the beach, making it fairly inaccessible. For the hardy, there is a steep hike down the western end. From there, you can walk for a long ways in either direction in summer. During winter, big swells cut off access to sections of the beach. You may witness dolphins just offshore, and it's a great place to see seabirds, as the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and its historic lighthouse lie at the eastern end. Nudity is not uncommon. A consistent on-shore break makes swimming here typically dangerous. Amenities: parking. Best for: solitude; walking; sunrise.