Finding Solitude on the Shores of Hawaii

Finding a beautiful, deserted Hawaiian beach isn’t a tropical fantasy. You just might have to pay for it with a long and bumpy ride followed by a bit of a hike. But if you long to be alone and lost in paradise, buy a good map, fire up your GPS and come with me to these places where it is still possible to get lost in paradise!

Kauai: Polihale beach

The journey begins on a dirt road that will take you to one of the longest beaches on the islands. Make sure you have a well-equipped SUV for this ride. Officially, most car rentals and tourist agencies will tell you this place doesn’t exist.

The rewards a beautiful spot lined up for stuffing sunsets. The road keeps most people out leaving only a scattering of visitors. But because it is a state park, there are plenty of benches, bathrooms and other amenities. The water here is usually too rough to do anything but admire its beauty. This is historically a scared spot to the natives who believe the dead jump to the afterlife from this westernmost point of the islands.

Oahu: Army beach

Finding a good deserted beach on Oahuyou can pose a problem. The best choices are on the other side of the North Shore, away from Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.

Nicknamed Army Beach for an army recreation center located nearby until 1989, Mokuleia Beach is a gorgeous spot with usually no one around. Be aware of some rocky sots that will be hazardous to navigate. Much of the popular show “Lost” was filmed on this stretch of oceanfront.

Molokai: Kaupoa Beach

The least developed in the region, Molokai is one of the easiest islands to find an empty beach on. Even a spot like Murphy’s beach, popular in most guidebooks, is usually sparsely populated at best.

Kaupoa Beach on the west end of the island is not too far from Hoolehua, the main town on Molokai.This beach is something right out of a travel agency brochure. Blue waters bordered by white crescent beaches and dark volcanic outcroppings. This is a great place to explore and discover tide pools and wildlife.

Maui: Hamoa Beach

Hamoa is regularly voted on fog the most beautiful beaches in all of the islands. Despite this recognition, it is often nearly deserted. It’s just too much time and distance to be worthwhile to al but the most determined beach enthusiasts.

Finding the beach is easy once you get to the Hana area. Theres plenty of shaded areas in the nearby trees. The water here is gentle in the winter with some entertaining waves in the summer months.

Lani: Polihua Beach

Hulope Beach is located on the southern coast of Lanai and is one of the most stunning in the entire state. A great place to swim, body surf, or snorkel, which is usually packed with tourists due to the nearby Manele Bay resort.

The opposite is true of Polihue, on the northern coast. You will need a rugged four-wheel-drive jeep to navigate the road to this secluded spot. Get a good map and drive north on the bumpy dirt roads to a set of stone formations know as the Garden of the Gods. Continuing on, it’s a sharp grade to finally apex to a golden stretch of virgin sand with breathtaking views over Molokai.

Big island: Waipo Valley Beach

There are a few classic beaches on the Big Island such as Hapuna or Papakolea Green Sand Beach near South Point. These are almost always packed and hardly worth going to.

A much more interesting choice is the black sands at Waipio Valley on the northern end of the island. This is a real tough hike out, leaving most visitors and tourists behind. At this beach you will almost certainly be alone. The only people I have ever seen here are a few hardcore surfers or local fishermen. Stay away from the rough tides unless you are sure you know what you are doing.

With a little sense of adventure and knowledge, finding untouched deserted islands on Hawaii is entirely possible and an experience well worth the effort to experience the stunning sunsets, majestic waves, and rugged landscapes that await you.