Whenever travelers think of Hawaii or Lanai, one thing that inevitably comes to mind is the abundance of beautiful beaches. Hulopoe Beach Lanai is one of the best and most popular Lanai beaches, and it's a great destination to include in a Lanai vacation. With great conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and more things to do, the beach provides ample diversions for all kinds of beach-goers. Whether you prefer an active beach experience or something more relaxing, Hulopoe Beach can be a perfect sandy paradise.
There's much to do in the water at Hulopoe Beach. The beach is located on protected Hulopoe Bay along Lanai's southern coast, which makes it a very safe spot for swimming and body-surfing. In fact, it is often said to be the safest spot to swim on the entire island of Lanai. These safe swimming conditions make it an ideal beach for families with children—just be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty.
Checking out the scene underwater at Hulopoe Beach is a must, as the waters of Hulopoe Bay contain wonderful, unique coral formations. Also, because Hulopoe Bay is part of a Marine Life Conservation Area, the bay is filled with beautiful and colorful fish to look at. If you want to go fishing, you'll be limited to using a basic hook and line from the beach. This combination of safe swimming conditions and interesting things to see underwater, in addition to the amazingly clear water, makes Hulopoe Beach a fantastic spot for snorkeling and diving. Of course, the scene above water is beautiful, too, and the long stretch of golden sand juxtaposed with the cliffs and deep blue water will wow you without you even having to leave your beach towel. If you're lucky, you might see spinner dolphins, or in the winter, Humpback whales, as they migrate south from Alaska.
It's easy to spend a whole day at Hulopoe Beach. When lunchtime rolls around, take advantage of the barbecue grills and picnic tables, and if the afternoon sun gets to be too intense, you can find respite from the glaring rays on the grassy and shaded areas. There are also restroom facilities and even showers for when you're ready to wash off all that sand and saltwater. If you want to take a break from the beach, visit the tide pools close by in volcanic rock, the hiking trails to the left of the beach, and nearby Sweetheart Rock. It's also possible to stay the night and camp.
For those who want to spend a substantial amount of time at Hulopoe Beach Lanai but aren't quite ready for beach camping, the Four Seasons Manele Bay hotel is a convenient choice for Lanai hotels, as it is located just above the beach on the overlooking bluff. While you're there, check out the Manele Bay restaurants and spa, and if you're interested in the golfing, the Challenge at Manele is a world-class course.
Spending time on the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Lanai, and Hulopoe Bay is at the center of the beach action. There's swimming, snorkeling, diving, dolphin- and whale-watching, nearby hiking, and of course, the stunning bay and beach themselves. It's clear to see why Hulopoe Beach Lanai is one of the best beaches on the island.
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