Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
Yes
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
Yes
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Papa'a Beach is an absolutely dreamy cove environment. The water is reef-protected, which creates a wide deep calm area ideal for swimming when conditions are good. 

The sandy shore fronts a large residential compound, so the only way to access the beach is by a short hike in, either directly down a quarter mile trail with about 70 feet of elevation loss from a parking area, or with a little boulder hopping from neighboring Aliomanu Beach.

Once at Papa'a, the crescent shore seems perfect for a stroll, with plenty of shade trees hanging over the sand where you can lay out a blanket. Black rocks and reef shelves cover a lot of the shore area, so foot protection is helpful here. But once past that, there is a large area where the waves that crash in the distance offshore flow into, making a large pool in epically clear turquoise water.

There are no amenities of any kind located at the beach or the parking area. The trail and boulders will be very slick following wet conditions, with portions that remain very muddy even in dry conditions.

With multiple trails located at the parking area at the end of Kalalea View, it is the trail at the far left (nearest the parking lot entrance) that descends to Papa'a Beach.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Few crowds.

Cons

No amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Snorkeling / SCUBA

Location

Comments

Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.

You May Also Enjoy

Organ Mountains Wilderness Area, New Mexico
Truckee + Lake Tahoe area, California