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Makapu'u Beach

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Address: 41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795
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Activities: Surfing, Sunbathing
Description: Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is...
Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
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Great Waves, Good Parking

If you like waves, body/boogie boarding, and/or surfing, this is the beach for you. The waves and shore-break are huge, so this beach might not be for everyone. The current is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you like waves, body/boogie boarding, and/or surfing, this is the beach for you. The waves and shore-break are huge, so this beach might not be for everyone. The current is strong, so fins are recommended. This is not recommended for adults who want to relax in the water, but it is great for kids.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This beach has a beautiful view of the lighthouse and the ocean on the east side. The waves were very big though, too big for my 2 year old and almost for my 8 year old. It is a bit of a hike down to the beach from the parking lot which isn't much good if you are lugging 2... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

this is nice place love ho tje beach nice there like go to theboat go to walk go to nice resturant go to ear music

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Lanai City, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The drive from Waikiki is worth it to get to this breathtaking beach. There's places to fish, nice white sand and stunning views! Parking is scarce but patience allows you to enjoy this natural playground. Please be respectful around sacred sites.

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The views along this beach are truly fantastic. It is not as crowded as some of the more popular beaches in the area. The color of the water is stunning. As others have noted, use caution if the weather or surf is rough.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Such a beautiful beach and far enough around the east coast not to get too crowded. No surfers allowed but body boarding is, and it's a famous shore break for Oahu. If the surf is up it's best not to head in for a swim unless you are very experienced as it truly is a heavy shore break.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Waves on this beach as treacherous and they are spectacular. Do not use this beach for surfing or boarding unless you have a lot of experience dealing with fast and often very high waves. In fact, I would not recommend this as a swimming beach either since the strong undertow (rip current) can catch one off guard. But watching the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Please, experienced body boarders', and surfer's ONLY! Backed by sea cliffs, Makapu'u Beach Park is popular among body boarders and bodysurfers. Rip currents and a powerful shore break make for a very rough ride, perfect for adventure seekers. During the summer months the ocean is usually calmer than in the winter months (November to February), but even in the summer... More 

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We didn't go to the body surfing part of the beach but to the side where the waves are less and is protected by the reef more than the body surfing part as we had a child along to experience the tide pool swimming. The tide pool is located a few hundred feet towards Waimanalo from the last bathroom and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We first saw Makapu'u Beach at the top of the Lighthouse trail and we knew we had to go there. Everything is so beautiful. You're surrounded by moutains and you can see the lighthouse. Swimming there is a little rough because of the powerful waves so you have to be careful. Still, I would definitely recommand going there to at... More 

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Address: 41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Waimanalo

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