Port Angeles, Washington
July 10, 2003
My first trip started with the adventure of actually finding out how the heck to get there. Here is what I can tell you after trial and error. I think the best place to park is at Hana Beach Park. Then walk uphill on Uakea Rd. Just after the ballpark on the right, you will see the Hana Community Center on the left. Just past the Community Center, you will see a closed gate on the left. Walk around the gate and across the grass for about 40 or 50 feet, until you see a small trail on the right. Follow this trail, staying right at the fork (do not go into the Japanese cemetery) down a hill, then turn left and follow the water’s edge until you reach the beautiful rocky bay. Just ignore the Private Property, No Trespassing Signs… everyone does….ahem….
The beach itself is more gravel than sand, so it can be rough on the body parts. But for scenery it can’t be beat! The cove is very small and cozy, with high red cliffs on all sides. There is a narrow band of volcanic rock jutting up out of the ocean which goes all the way across the bay, forming a natural barrier and calm waters for swimming and snorkeling.
Once, my friend and I were on the trail on the way to the beach and we paused at a rocky point to admire the view. All of a sudden, a huge spray of water appeared a few hundred yards offshore. "It’s a whale!" I said. We settled in to wait for it to happen again. Before too long, we were rewarded with quite a show. There were at least two whales, and one of them was being extremely playful. We repeatedly saw his tail come up out of the water and SLAP down on the water. We clapped our hands and squealed "Do it again! Do it again!" like a couple of little kids. Not only did he do it again, but he breached, his whole body coming up out of the water vertically, and then splashing down on his side. We cheered! And then sadly, the whales disappeared around the point toward Hana Beach.
On another trip in, my roommate and I decided to check out the tidepools below the trail that we had passed so many times before. We had no idea what we had been missing. These are the best tidepools that I have found in Hana, with lots of fish, coral, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers to look at.
Finally, Red Sand Beach is a clothing optional beach, just so you aren't surprised!
From journal Where to Get Wet in Hana (Maui)