NileGuide Expert Says:
Remote, gorgeous, absolute perfection!
HI, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Don't pass this one up.
Ahhhh, Shipman Beach... That's how you'll feel when you get there after a roughly one-mile hike with a changing terrain or open lava ground, shady ironwood forest, and tall grassy area. Shipman Beach is a hidden treasure, and the one-mile hike is a blessing as it keeps out crowds. There's a good chance you'll find it empty whenever you decide to go. The sand is fine and white (a rare thing for the east side of the Big Island), fresh water bubbled up from beneath, and swimming is in a cove-like area that keeps the water rather mellow. A small stream runs down from the historic house bordering the land, and sea turtles bask in the sun here, and must always be left alone.
Those who make the trek out should be prepared to spend the day, simply to enjoy the amazing location. Bring enough water, some snacks, and basic beach gear. The walk it pretty easy- no huge vertical cliffs or hills, no teetering on the edge of a cliff, or anything like that. It's pretty level, although some areas of it are open to the blazing sun.
The beach is surrounded by many, many, acres of the private Shipman Estate, and this is the only way for the public to legally access it.
To get here turn down Kaloli Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Turn left on Beach Road and head all the way to the end, remember not to leave anything valuable in the car here. Look for the trail head at the end which is actually quite wide at the start. Don't forget your camera and please, be very careful swimming here.