Pristine and beautiful, Gillin's Beach is one of three sections that make up the Mahaulepu (pronounced ma-ha-oo-lay-poo) Beach. The soft golden sand and privacy created by the surrounding cove makes Gillan's Beach the perfect spot to sunbathe and enjoy splendor of the crystal clear hawaiian waters.
Gillin's Beach is named after the longtime Koloa Plantation civil engineer, Elbert Gillin. In the 1940s, Mr. Gillin built a house just off the beach, which was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and then later rebuilt by the Gillin family. If privacy is what you seek then look no further. There is also a beach trail to/from the nearby Makauwahi Caves, a great detour for all travelers interested in learning the history of the surrounding area. Many are happily surprised at this hidden gem.
The journey to the Mahaulepu area makes this beach significantly quieter than the more popular Poipu Beach. There are a few ways to get to Gillin’s Beach. You may enter by foot on the path of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, which starts just after the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s parking lot. The Trail itself passes by Gillin’s on your way to the majestic sea cliffs of Southeast Kauai. You may also enter by vehicle however you will have to park just off of CJM stables and continue toward the beach also using the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. The trail is traveled by many young and not so young and admired by all.
Locals and visitors enjoy beach activities such as swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, wind surfing, sunbathing, beach strolling, and fishing.