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Makapu’u Point Tide Pools

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Makapu’u Point Tide Pools

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Erin Schmiedt wrote a review Nov 2020
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Check tide levels before trekking down there because the rogue waves and surges will sweep visitors back out into the open ocean (and there have been deaths from it re: 2016 and 2011 father and daughter incidents). If you see wave turbulence at all going into the tide pools then stay out and away from them. Also, be aware there is some scrambling involved getting down and up from them. This is an intermediate hike. With all the rain, it may be a bit precarious especially when muddy. Also, wear water shoes because getting in and out of the pools there are a ton of sea urchins. Otherwise, it’s a must-see and experience spot.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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getreal2me99 wrote a review Jun 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii476 contributions10 helpful votes
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Instead of hiking the lighthouse, why not something else. We hiked the down to the tide pools instead to chilaxed. It’s about 15-20 minutes descending hike but heading back it’s incline of course. The view down there is absolutely stunning. Panoramic view of Makapuu. There’s a blowholes also where you can get up close. But be careful, always safety first. When it’s low tide, the tide pool is perfect for swimming. Rocks are slippery though. For your safety, DO NOT get close to the edge. Just stay on the poolside only.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Sam K wrote a review Feb 2019
Maple Ridge, Canada105 contributions25 helpful votes
This will be our greatest memory from our 2018 trip to Waikiki. We took the bus to the golf course and walked a km or two to the light house trail. Follow the trail to the third rest stop and you will find some warning signs with a slight trail leading down to the ocean. Oh man, this was very steep and treacherous! If any skin contacts the lava you will be bleeding. WEAR SHOES! Do not take this hike down in flip flops. As most everyone says, be VERY cautious about the waves. I saw people letting their guard down and rogue waves would completed wipe them off their feet. The rocks in the pools are to slippery to stand on so even if you get your balance any wave will easily knock you off and pull you under. None the less, a MUST do when on Oahu, I am very happy we made the effort to get here. Of course use sunscreen, my husband and I both burnt badly and we had sunscreen on.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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CoupleCastaways wrote a review Jul 2018
Los Angeles, California41 contributions13 helpful votes
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Make sure to follow the trail that has the white arrows painted on the rocks or you're in for some loose gravel. I accidentally took friends on a slightly different path and it was rough. We finally worked our way over to the right trail and it was much safer. Try to go on a clear day to get the most beautiful photos because the sun needs to shine into the water of the tidepools for the aqua blue color. I've gone on clear days and cloudy days, and the cloudy days disappoint because the pictures on those days just don't do it justice. Gorgeous on the clear days! Try it at least once. The Dragon's Breath blowhole is fun to see also. I've also attached photos of a Trail that's higher up, when you go back up and scale the other side. Gorgeous views there too.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Mili Laff wrote a review May 2018
Kapolei, Hawaii11 contributions8 helpful votes
We hiked to the tide pools in a less conventional way. (If you're doing this, go up the paved lighthouse trail to the 3rd whale watching spot and look for the white arrows and dots painted on the rocks.) We stupidly took the trail to the shoreline from the parking lot, and then climbed around the coast to the pools. We've lived on the island for a year, and done the Makapu'u Lighthouse trail at least 15 times. It's one of our favorites so I assumed this would be as easy; I was wrong! We are still pretty new hikers, and the climbing was fun at first, but the waves were really rough, and in a few spots we came close to falling in the water. We kept going, according to our apple watches, for about 1.75 miles along the coast. I thought we could hike around to the pools from the coast, but we were wrong. The rocks drop off before the main pools that (if you're researching this) you've probably seen on Instagram. So, 3 hours in, sunburned, and out of water we were forced to decide to make the hefty climb back, or scale the rock wall up near where we saw folks climbing. With no rock climbing experience, we climbed the 600 feet back to the paved trail. The rocks shifted constantly, and we both cut our arms and legs up a lot. I was terrified but when we reached halfway there was no way to go down. I say all of this as a warning to NOT do it this way. Once we hit about 450 feet, we made it to the path marked for the pools and it was an easier climb. I can't emphasize enough, please be careful. The rocks slip and the wind is crazy. I don't see this hike as kid-friendly, and the waves are beautiful, but as you're reenacting that picture from "The Little Mermaid" please be careful not to be swept out to sea.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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