Makapu'u Beach
Makapu'u Beach
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Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
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Alina G
Germany265 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Very beautiful sandy beach but with no shadow and big waves and currents. I recommend bringing an umbrella to hide from the burning sun. Also, when we came, there were big waves and it was literally impossible to go in the water. It wasn't even recommended because the currents were very strong.
Written September 17, 2023
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JDSoui
Tampa, FL6,487 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The access to the beach is convenient and below the lookout. There are also areas to walk along the rocks and enjoy the swells that come in. A great experience
Written April 1, 2022
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p_tong0
Orlando, FL69 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
While Makapu'u Beach is known as a great body-surfing and boogie board beach, this review is is for Baby Makapu'u where locals take their keikis to play safely in the tide pools.

To get to Baby Makapu'u coming from the Honolulu direction on the Kalanianiole Hwy, pass the main Makkapu'u beach parking lot entrance (across from the Sea Life Park entrance) and continue to the second parking lot on the ocean (makai) side which is just past the entrance to the Oceanic Institute on the mountain (mauka) side. Turn right into the second parking lot, then left to parking area near the end of the black lava tidepools.

This will get you to several very calm, protected tidepools with sandy bottoms that the little ones will love to splash in. Older kids can explore the rockier tidepools that are filled with little fish and crabs. The beach is close to the parking lot, making carrying the stuff you have to take to the beach with kids a lot easier. No shade, so bring a beach umbrella or a canopy and sunscreen if you are fair skinned. There are no bathrooms or showers at this end of the beach but there is a water spigot for cleaning the sand off your feet before getting in the car.

As a bonus, there are often paragliders that jump off the cliffs behind Sea Life Park that are exciting to watch.
Written October 25, 2015
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AMB135
Philadelphia, PA47 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
What can I say? It's Hawaii...it's Makapu'u Beach...it's memories we have for a lifetime! From our Reverend to the ceremony (intimate, quick and awesome)...cannot wait to go back in a few weeks to visit the very spot we were married on!!

The beach itself is just gorgeous...then again, where in Hawaii isn't?
Written April 7, 2015
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luvmy32000
San Antonio, TX1,296 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
My daughter chose this location to get married at. It was a great choice. We finally accomplished the wedding after 6 months of covid delays. What a treat to give her away here.
Written December 11, 2020
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converge77
Surrey, Canada329 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Bussed in to Sea Life Park and then walked down to the sparkling white sandy beach with an awesome lush surrounding. The waves are 10-14 feet high for the surfer's delight and as you get closer to shore, the waves are fantastic for body surfing and boogie boarding. There is a local life guard who warned us to stay in closer to shore because of the dangerous rip currents. We saw helicopters a couple of times circle over head, so I'm sure if they saw any sharks they would have alerted us.
Written April 9, 2018
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NeilSwindells
Tampa4 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
After hiking Diamond Head, we realized it was a bit windy to hang at the beach, so we drove the Windward beach towns to check them out. From Hawaii Koa to Koko Crater to Hanamau Bay (Lot was full REALLY early!) to the "From Here To Eternity" beach to Sandy Beach and then Makapu'u. Needless to say, next day, we came armed with towels and swimsuits, but skipped them all and went straight to Makapu'u!

Fantastic few hours of bodysurfing, wave jumping and just hanging out as a family in what seemed like our own little slice of paradise. Arrived just before 10 and left just before noon on Friday 27th. Red flags were out, but lifeguards (added bonus!) just advised us not to get too far off the sandbars into the blue-blue open water as there was a strong rip that seemed to be pulling towards the rocks on the east side of the beach under the lighthouse.

We heeded their warnings, and the sandbar was a perfect wave break for 6+ footers that lifted me off my feet a fair few times!! I'm 6'1" as is my son, and we got pounded a few times, but generally it was just strong, powerful 6-8' waves breaking onshore. The key was not letting them take you back out with them, of course!

The color of the ocean (bluest blues and whitest whites in a sparkling Pacific, against a rocky, lava outcrops and a lighthouse up on the point....RIDICULOUS postcard views!

We will never forget that day and will measure every other beach against that experience from now on. Yes, Waikiki has the name and the famous locations, but anyone who does not head east to the windward beaches is missing what Hawaii beaches are really about.....oh, and there are 99% less people on them than Waikiki! Bonus!
Written March 29, 2015
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Carrie S
Seattle, WA44 contributions
Apr 2014
We went snorkeling just west of the Makai Research Pier, just beyond Makapu'u Beach, across from the oceanic institute. It's a nice little spot with zero crowds, a nice little sandy beach, plenty of parking, and quite a bit of fish to see here. It's not the most amazing snorkeling I've done in Hawaii, but for Oahu, it was pretty good, and very low key.
Written April 28, 2014
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kayla0307
San Diego, CA25 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
The beach was breathtakingly beautiful with bright blue water against dark volcanic rocks. We didn’t see anyone in the water because the surf was strong that day. Not a very busy place, we only saw a handful of other people wandering around. A must stop if you’re in the area just to take in the beautiful scenery. Restroom facility was decent.
Written September 23, 2019
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AF1231
London, UK57 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Beauty often comes with a price and this beach certainly does. the waves look quite benign, but they are not. I saw several people being taken off guard, and the lifeguards were always calling out to be careful.
Great if you are experienced at surfing, steer clear if not.
Written August 23, 2017
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