Honopu Beach, on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, features a 90-foot natural arch in the middle that is large enough to fly a helicopter through. In fact, that’s what happened in the 1976 movie Acapulco Gold.
When Hollywood needs a dramatic, exotic, tropical beach, they often head to Honopu. Movies filmed at Honopu include the 1976 remake of King Kong, Six Days Seven Nights, Pirates of the Caribbean ‘On Stranger Tides’ and Honeymoon in Vegas.
The massive arch separates the beach into two coves, each framed by steep sea cliffs. For added effect, there’s a waterfall on one side that flows onto the beach from the Honopu Valley. There’s also sand dunes on both sides!
The name Honopu means “conch shell” in Hawaiian because of the conch-like sound the arch makes in high winds. The beach is also called Cathedral Beach because of its spectacular, soaring appearance.
It doesn't get anymore remote than Honopu Beach on Kauai. No road or even a hiking trail leads to it. In fact, the only legal way to access it is to swim to it. Trying to reach Honopu Beach is an adventure that is certainly not for everyone. It takes a very strong swimmer to get there. And it takes fins, or full wetsuits , and mask and snorkel to get there. Things can go wrong and have serious consequences.
arche, beach, beach (tropical), rock
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche
When Quinn, a grouchy pilot living the good life in the South Pacific, agrees to transfer a savvy fashion editor, Robin, to Tahiti, he ends up stranded on a deserted island with her after their plane crashes. The pair avoid each other at first, until they're forced to team up to escape from the island -- and some pirates who want their heads.