Unlike many places worldwide named Shipwreck Beach, where the name seems fanciful at best, you can't miss the namesake wreck here. A large WWII tanker sits perched atop rocks just offshore. Unlike a metal ship (which would have dissolved decades ago), this one was part of a series made from concrete. It was dumped here by the Navy after the war.
Start your beach exploration by taking the sandy road that runs 1.4 miles north from the end of Hwy 44, past some beach shacks. Park in the large clearing overlooking a rocky cove which is known locally as Poʻaiwa and has good snorkeling among the rocks and reef, as well as protected swimming over the sandy bottom. The main beach runs north of here.