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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May_EXL
Winnipeg, Canada1,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We came here after we hiked the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. Awesome fine sandy beach! We visited in February so the waves were wild…good for body surfing! Lots of parking spots, the grounds were well maintained, clean bathrooms/change rooms and there are also outdoor showers. Bring your supplies as there are no stores, restaurants or food carts here. It’s a beautiful beach to dip your toes in after your hike. Makapu’u Beach Park is divided into two by a rugged stretch of coastline. We went to the one right next to the Makapu’u Lookout. There’s also Sea Life Park across the highway.
Written May 27, 2023
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Travelcooking
London, UK3,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This beach is more for locals, so it is quieter and nice. The scenic views are impressive that includes the hillside, the view of the park and the dark lava mountains. The contrasting colors of the blue water, the white sand and the mountains are really a nice beautiful.
Written July 2, 2020
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia1,566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Makapuu Beach Park, Oahu
Great beach for surfing and patrolled with lifeguards , lots of parking. Each beach along the Windward coastline (East Shore) are a little different and worth a look.
#MakapuuBeachPark
Written July 11, 2022
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Alina G
Germany291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
There are many great spots to stop when driving along the southeast coast of Oahu and this is one of the best places. Beautiful spot with terrific surrounding scenery. This is a surfing beach. Surf was up when we visited in March, and it was pretty cool to see the locals out doing their thing. There is also a nice vista point along the road just east of here offering a great photo opportunity called the Makapu'u Lookout with plenty of parking.
Written December 21, 2023
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JDSoui
Tampa, FL6,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, TX1,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Canada317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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