Outside Magazine’s 2012 Travel Awards have just been announced and Kaua‘i’s Maha‘ulepu beach has been selected as the Best Beach in the World. Brazil’s Ilha Grande was the runner-up.
“The area is considered sacred by native islanders, with ancient burial sites in the dunes and water where endangered monk seals outnumber people and whales pass by in winter. Bring a sailboard, snorkel the offshore reef, or simply take in the mountains and the sea from your own private stretch of shore,” says the magazine. “This is the Hawai‘i of centuries ago.”
Maha‘ulepu is located on Kaua‘i’s sunny south shore, just two miles from Kukui‘ula. Accessed via an unpaved, historic sugar cane road, the ride in is slow and bumpy, but the stretch of sand and water that greets you when you arrive makes the trip worthwhile. According to some, this beach, and the nearby Hau‘ula are the quietest beaches on Kaua‘i’s south side. Monk seals lounge and local fishermen catch dinner. With any luck, you’ll have the place – which is where King Kamehameha was defeated in an attempt to invade Kaua‘i – virtually to yourself.
The road to Maha‘ulepu is on private property with an access gate that is opened at 6 am and closed at 6 pm sharp daily so while you’ll be tempted to linger and enjoy the view, it’s best to leave well before sunset.
Make sure this beautiful beach is one of your stops during your stay at one of Kukui’ula’s Hawaii luxury homes.