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Murphy's Beach

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Address: Mile 20 East Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI

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Good beach for kids, go when tide is med-high for snorkelling

This easy to find beach (just past mile marker 20 on the highway to the east of the island) was well suited to families. There were a few local families and a couple holidayers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 July 2016
KristaNoriega
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Calgary, Canada
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go to mile marker 20 and pull in to the grove of trees. great for snorkeling. No facilities or water but beautiful views of lanai and Maui.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This easy to find beach (just past mile marker 20 on the highway to the east of the island) was well suited to families. There were a few local families and a couple holidayers there. It is rocky underfoot so if you have tender feet (like we all do in my family) water shoes are a must. The water is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice sandy beach but plenty of stones for the first few meters when you enter the water. There are no facilities.

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Thank ElTigre W
San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

At the East End of Molokai, Murphy's Beach is a beautiful spot. We visited during the week when there was only one other family at the beach. There are no facilities here. In the spring water is choppy and it can get very windy, but it is as far away from the hustle and bustle as you can get.

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Thank CaliforniaBrit
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

**Watch out for jelly fish!** We came here by recommendation from a local. There weren't a lot of people in the water (should've taken that as a clue). Water was warm & clear. Unfortunately hubby got stung by a jellyfish on his back 😟. We did see a couple of monk seals which was cool.

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Thank Kim K
New Durham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Great beach, one of the more popular ones, where there might be more than a dozen cars! Traffic jam! Boarding, swimming, snorkeling. Whales common.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Water is very shallow, no more than three or four feet. There's a ton of coral, but I didn't see any that was alive. There were almost no fish. Be careful of undertow.

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Easton. MD
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

The options for snorkel from shore in Molokai are limited, Murphy beach is one of the few options. We saw turtles and some fish in 3 feet of water.

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Thank Letro
Fort Worth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

At the 20 mile marker at the eastern end of the island. Nice sandy beach for laying out. Fringing reef is only 200 or so yards out. Decent snorkeling with varieties of coral and quite a few varieties of colorful reef fish from small to large. It's fairly shallow so best to go at high tide (tide charts are on... More 

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GC, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

We found a nice sandy area with parking and some shade. Entry into the water was a little tough it is real shallow. The coral was very pretty. We saw fish but they were real skittish, but did see some reef fish. The beach was sandy and great for sunning. Saw whales right off the shore out side the break... More 

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