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“beautiful beach”(27 reviews)
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Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this beach around 5:45am with a 6:11am sunrise. The sky and colors were picture perfect, even with a slightly cloudy sky. We did not go to the sandy part of the beach or do the hike, so the area we watched from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank imscottedwards
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This beach is accessible from the public washroom across the Sea Life Park. Bus #57 from Ala Moana Mall is the only bus going . This is a very nice quiet beach which a walk away from the lighthouse and Sea Life park.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mildred D
Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful uncrowded beach with a lifeguard and restrooms. The current is very strong. The sand is pretty. There is some shade available. You can see a glimpse of the lighthouse. I would not take children here.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2019

If you can get here by car or bus, it's worth the effort. This beach is just plain gorgeous and a good place for body surfing or just sunning. Lovely.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed June 5, 2019

Everyone have to see this if you are in Oahu, this area is so beautiful, and serene it is almost like looking at a photo on a magazine, just perfect!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank gheorghes927
Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

This is a great beach for a quick stop. Just be careful since some days the waves might be a little stronger so watch the little ones. This beach does have a lifeguard and bathroom facilities.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank arkin1234
Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

The beach is nice and not crowded, but you'll be wading, not swimming, due to the rocks and current. For swimming, continue about 3 miles south on 72 to Sandy Beach Park.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank David C
Reviewed April 2, 2019

Consisting of small coves and being a Monday not many people. Clean and has bathroom block. Here we had the wedding and it was a perfect spot. If you can get out of town the this should be on your list.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank AlexandraLRR
Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Always love going to Makapu'u beach. Never crowded, always beautiful and serene. Can be dangerous for the novice, but always fun for those who know the currents.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Don96795
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Southern part has a nice sandy beach but the water may be a litter rough to swim. Walk a little farther north and you'll find one of few areas you can look for shells among the cracks and holes of the lava rock. Standing on...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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April 8, 2019|
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Response from Don96795 | Reviewed this property |
530pm during January at Makapu'u Beach might be too dark for a picturesque wedding. During that month the sun goes down about 530 on the West side of island. Makapu'u is in a cove behind 800 mountains. Early mornings are... More
July 5, 2018|
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Response from SaintChristopherS | Reviewed this property |
TheBus will get you there.