The Secret Beach Waterfalls are not the same as the very touristy Secret Falls which, much to the chagrin of the eager sightseer, are not a secret anymore! The Secret Beach Waterfalls on the other hand, as the name suggests, are very secluded. They are located on the Secret Beach between the Kilauea Lighthouse and Kalihiwai Valley. The beach is not easily accessible as there are no public roads leading directly to the beach. You need to hike downhill for about 10 minutes (in good weather) to arrive at the waterfalls. The pristine beauty and the seclusion of the beach promise a wonderful respite to those seeking silence and rest on their holiday. The waterfalls are surrounded by tidal lagoons where you can swim amid breathtaking landscape. I call it paradise on earth! Please note that there are no facilities on the beach.
I had driven there with National Geographic photographer Patrick Kelley (www.pk-worldwide.com) to take sunrise pictures. After about shooting for half an hour, I was drunk with sheer joy as I stood under the magical waterfalls and swam in the tidal pools. Surrounded by such other worldly beauty where heaven meets earth, I felt like the life of the Universe was throbbing in me! All photos by Patrick Kelley.
Driving directions to the Secret Beach, source: Wikipedia.
To find it, take the Kuhio Highway past Kilauea and turn right on Kalihiwai Road. Follow the road for about 50 yards and then turn right into an unmarked, unpaved road. Proceed to the end and park. Nearby is the foot path leading to the west end of the beach.
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