Mermaid Caves
Mermaid Caves
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Make your way across lava rocks (sturdy shoes are a must!) and through an open hole to reach the Mermaid Caves, a secret beach and underwater cave. These unique half-submerged caves are only accessible during low tide, and you'll need some upper body strength to pull yourself back out—or you can always bring a small ladder. Visiting will children is not recommended. While the caves can be accessed during high tide, this is ill-advised as it requires you to snorkel around the beach and past sharp, dangerous rocks. Visit the caves and other off-the-beaten-track gems in Hawaii, like Ka'ena Point State Park and Ko Olina Lagoons, on a private guided tour. – Tripadvisor
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Erin S
Kailua, HI65 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
As many have noted, be sure to wear rubber-sole water shoes, bring a ladder to get in and out of the cave and check tide reports to be sure you are visiting during low tide. We had a strong swimming man die rescuing a young child just a month ago near this cave.

Otherwise, it is a stunning natural wonder anyone living or visiting ought to see at least once.

The photos I’m sharing are true color, no filter.
Written July 11, 2020
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Juan O
Philadelphia, PA54 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The best this about this location is that it’s free and also has some of the best natural beauty that you will see. If you’re brave to go into the cave you will not regret it as it was such a cool thing to do. Just make sure you trust yourself when going down because you will have to climb back up. So other than that have a great time in the cave and on the beach.
Written December 16, 2021
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ReviewGuyNoVI
Novi, MI2,197 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Jacques Costeu never did find those mermaids at the bottom of the sea, Ana neither did we during our visit the “The Mermaid Caves”. These caves give you the sense that your going deep into the earth when your literally only 10-12 feet below the surface with massive holes to wave to people up top.
Getting down requires having good shoes not flip-flops and a little bit of contortioning. Anyone with a little upper body strength Will have no problem getting up and down.
Go early and make your way down when there are less people because it’s very crowded down the hole... and if your breathe walk into the water and climb back up the giant massive opening.
I even posted pics of the nearby park where to park your car, close to the restrooms.
Take good shoes and spend about and hour here taking in nature!
Written April 30, 2021
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Terry S
Beaver Falls, PA146 contributions
Jun 2022
Only during low tide…reminds me of Bowling Ball Beach in MendocinoCounty, CA (Low tide makes it visible and better to enjoy). Parking is off of Laumania Ave. West of Farrington Highway..then walk towards the ocean veer left and go BEHIND the houses, at approximately the 2nd house in you'll start seeing holes in the ground (good climbers can get in at some of these places). A local resident sometimes allows a ladder to be used (I'm not sure which one but it was there when I was), if not you may have a tough time getting into these caves.
Written June 20, 2022
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Esther A
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Jul 2022 • Couples
The review with the aerial photo of the parking lot was SUPER helpful! Parked in that lot, walked to the beach, turn left on the rock side of the houses and like it said about two houses down there’s a portal to enter the caves. ONLY go at low tide. We wore sneakers and swim suits so we could take off shoes and get wet in the cave wave/splash. The best cave to go into has a little sandy beach with coral chunks. Beautiful!! We have two kids and we’re so glad we had them stay back bc it was tough to get in and out and tougher to walk on the lava rocks.
Written July 1, 2022
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Carolina_Aloha
Honolulu, HI14 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Im a local, and I’m here just to let tourists know this is just a small hole in rock with a little beach like below. Nothing special, just a spot for young people to snap a picture for IG. Not sure why became so popular. I have go there a couple of times taking friends visiting from mainland exited about this place, dude is not what you think, is just a random spot, not a destination.
Written March 30, 2021
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Kyle W
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Aug 2023 • Solo
Filthy. Trash everywhere, stray dogs digging through trash. Homeless people harassing you. So much garbage. I went at 6:30am. Maybe someone comes by and runs the homeless out and cleans the place up later in the day, but if you’re thinking of visiting in the morning: don’t.
Written August 15, 2023
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Brendee23
Bendemeer, Australia142 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Stunning adjacent beach framed by the range. A short wander on the rock ledge (left). Near private property so be considerate. Plan for low tide as the entrance is a scramble and would be easy to get stuck.
Written January 25, 2023
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nikkialan2018
Phoenix, AZ60 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
First gps send you to the wrong location so make sure you go to the right beach. No one has really said where to go in all these reviews. If we didn’t have a local homeless man tell us we would have never found them. From the correct beach walk left facing ocean over rocks behind the second house . There you go ! Make sure you check low tide times. You won’t make it in and out without that. Hopefully this map helps
Written June 17, 2019
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Adam B
Upton, MA179 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is a off-the-beaten-path experience, but totally worth it. Parking is near Zabian Beach, from there walk along the coast on top of the lava formations. There are random holes, which the ocean pours into. You can actually climb down into one of these holes and look out to the ocean. On a sunny day you get some very cool lighting inside. You can even swim in the cave.

This is one of the coolest things we saw while we were on the island, I'm so glad we found this.
Written December 11, 2018
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