South of the long stretch of Papohaku Beach, there are small sandy coves surrounded by rocky outcrops. At the southern end of Pohakuloa Rd there's a parking lot with access to a narrow, round inlet, which the ancient Hawaiians knew as Kapukahehu.
It is now called Dixie Maru, after a ship that went down in the area long ago. It's the most protected cove on the west shore, and the most popular swimming and snorkeling area. The waters are generally calmer here than other West End beaches.