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Makapu'u Beach

41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Waimanalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing, Sunbathing
Owner description: Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is...
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Type: Beaches, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing, Sunbathing
Owner description: Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Bodyboarding. The view. The water. This is a phenomenal body boarding spot, not for beginners. Make sure you check the surf report. Locals can be territorial, so learn to get along. Not a layout beach. The barrels can be super tubey and you can get threaded!

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We were trying to get away from Honolulu, driving along the coast, when we were surprised to find this beautiful, quiet beach. Amazing photo opportunities in every direction. Be sure to check out the lighthouse, just over the hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Had to get away from congested Waikiki and drove East. Makapu'u did not disappoint. Quiet, picturesque and serene. You won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We found this beach by accident. We were planning to go to Hanama bay to snorkel but they won't let anyone in at 9pm due to there was no more parking left. We just drove around the island and found this beach from the highway, it is so beautiful and inviting. It wasn't crowded and parking was easy. There was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This beach is certainly well worth visiting, beautiful surroundings not crowded like Waikiki, if you don't have a car you can get there by bus and it only takes about 30 mins, just 2 stops after Hanauma Bay, you get off at Sea Life Park and its across the road.

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Pompano Beach, FL
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

this beach is definitely worth the time. Very scenic and fun to swim at as with any ocean swimming make sure you are aware of what your up against. Usually there is a life guard on duty and there are beach facilities available to freshen up after the fun in the sun sand and sea.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I am a photography enthusiast + knew that I wanted a sunrise picture from my trip. With the lighthouse in the backdrop reflecting in the sunlight, the images captured was exactly what I hoped for! Just being there and experiencing the sunrise itself was amazing - it was beautiful and majestic and overwhelmingly breathtaking. It's worth the 5:30am wake-up!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great local bodysurfing and bodyboarding beach. Surfing not allowed while the lifeguards are there from about 9:30am to 5pm. Less crowded than Sandy Beach, though parking is harder to find here. When it's flat to 2 feet, great place for swimming. When it's 3 to 5 feet, perfect for bodysurfing. Beyond that, if you don't know what you are doing,... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were just exploring some beaches and we decided to stop at Makapuu. It is a not so big (but not so small either) beach, full of locals, with pretty clear waters and funny waves. No shade locations, so most of the people gathered below some dunes and bushes looking for some break. The beach is comprised by very soft... More 

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Naples, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is my all-time favorite beach on the island, don't miss it! The Kalanianaole Highway runs right along the length of the dreamy scenery, a hotspot for tour buses and photographers. After parking and walking past the showers/restrooms, the black rocks will lead you to the most incredible view of turquoise water fading into sugar-white sand, nestled in a cove... More 

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