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Murphy’s Beach

Murphy's Beach
An offshore reef provides protection for this beach along Molokai’s eastern coastline

An offshore reef provides protection for this coconut palm-lined beach along Molokai’s eastern coastline. The shallow and crystal clear nearshore waters are nice for wading, snorkeling and swimming when the sea is calm but should be should not be entered during times of high surf. The beach is sandy with some rocky areas.

Great For

Sunbathing, picnics. Swimming, snorkeling, and diving is good only when the sea is calm.


This is one of Molokai’s loveliest beaches. Make sure and stop here if you are taking the drive along eastern Molokai, and you can get a great view of the beach near the ancient fishpond walls just before Mile Marker 20.

Need to Know

Strong ocean currents often flow just outside the reef area so use extreme caution when swimming, and never go in the water during times of high surf or rough seas.

Murphy’s Beach by WaveCrest Guy




Picnic area. No restrooms or other facilities.


Located in Kaunakakai Follow Hwy. 450 east toward Halawa Valley and at Mile Marker 20 you will see Murphy’s Beach. A road sign labels it as Mile Marker 20 Beach.