By John Fischer
While most would choose Hulopo'e Bay Beach as their pick for best beach on Lana'i, Shipwreck Beach is in many ways more interesting and certainly more adventurous.
Located about a half hour drive north of Lana'i City, past the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i Lodge at Koele, Shipwreck Beach is not a swimming beach. It is made up of boulders, lava rock, washed-up timber and sand.
Shipwreck Beach is also not easily accessed. You'll need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to drive the rough, unpaved and often impassible (when wet) road that leads to the beach.
However, once you arrive, Shipwreck offers spectacular views of the nearby islands of Moloka'i and Maui, the abandoned hull of a World War II Liberty Ship ship beached on the reef, green sea turtles and whales, and the nearby the Kukui Point petroglyphs, located about 200 yards from shore.