Molokai is home to beautiful beaches where the only footprints you find will be your own. Explore these beaches and you may find a sleeping monk seal or two, but take caution when swimming as there are no lifeguards on duty.
Although the best snorkeling on Molokai is from a boat, the beaches on the East End provide great snorkeling during the winter months. In particular, Kumini Beach at mile marker 20, also known as Murphy Beach, has a plethora of ocean life for snorkeling. If you’re looking for swimming, especially during the summer, Sandy Beach is another great beach on the East End.
In the West End, all beaches go through seasonal changes and the sand begins to disappear in the winter and the underneath sandstone can be seen until the sand returns in April.
Kapukahehu Beach, also known as Dixie Maru, on the West End is great for swimming.
Papohaku Beach, also referred to as Three Mile Beach, has a dangerous shore break especially during the winter where waves crash right onto the sandstone. The sandstone is particularly prevalent in January and February. Do not swim here during winter and take extreme caution in the summer, but enjoy strolling along this beautiful beach all to yourself.
Also on the West End is Kepuhi Beach and Kaluakoi, a great spot for surfing where the waves are 10 feet to 30 feet and bigger in winter. Advanced surfers only. Swim/surf at your own risk.
In Central Molokai, One Ali’i Beach Park has calm water which is perfect for families with small children. Although it is too shallow to swim, it’s ideal for wading and relaxing.
If you do encounter a monk seal, please keep your distance from these endangered animals and let them lie peacefully.
Don’t miss the beautiful beaches of Molokai during your visit and as always, take great caution when entering the ocean.