Dixie Maru Cove (Kapukahehu Beach)

4 stars from 3 reviews
Address The end of Pohakuloa Rd, Maunaloa, HI 96770
Calm ocean during the summer makes this great for swimming and snorkeling.

• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Fishing
• Good For: Snorkeling

Matt Anderson's Take
Kapukahehu Beach, or Dixie Maru Cove as it's commonly called, is located at the end of Pohakuloa Road on Molokai's west side. Just drive to the end of Pohakuloa Road and turn right which will lead you to the parking lot.

This is often a very good beach for swimming, when the ocean is calm, since it's a protected cove. If the ocean is on the angry side, even this protected cove isn't a safe place to swim. Remember that there is no lifeguard here either.

This cove gets its name from a Japanese boat called the Dixie Maru that wrecked offshore near here. The name plate from the boat was hung up near the beach entrance and the name stuck.
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Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 16
Likes Received: 2
We visited this beach area in June 2016 thinking we would be able to snorkel here, and we were very disappointed. The water was very murky and cloudy and there was zero visibility in the cove, making snorkeling impossible. We were told afterwards that the water does get murky there after rain, so hopefully if you go during a dry spell you will have better luck!
laura m
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 0
This is a peaceful cove great for all types of activities. There are only a handful of people and families that visit each day. A short walk from the parking area with shade and picnic tables. It's great for swimming, snorkeling, playing ball or frisbee on the beach, looking for Monk Seals or exploring the lava rocks. It's a great place to just sit, read a book and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. We can't wait to go back.
Dawn G
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 26
Likes Received: 0
We were here during the winter and warnings were posted all over the place about not going in the water. We heeded those warnings, but still really enjoyed walking along the beach. You can see Oahu from here and it was amazing to be on such a beautiful beach with just a few other people. It felt like our own private beach. It's a long drive from the side of the island where you come in on, but worth a stop if you are out exploring.
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