Spitting Cave of Portlock

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Bruce C
Twinsburg, OH975 contributions
Family
The view is incredible. Incredible colors and visual images.

Follow Waze to the site. If you are not fit or not wearing proper shoes, head home. You will park in an exclusive residential neighborhood. Look for the marker between houses - I think it was 119A.

I am risk averse but did the decent. You will look down a 4-6 foot wide path that looks like a 45 degree angle down. Your first thought will be “I am in the wrong place this is impossible.” Hang onto the fence, chains and vegetation as you head down this slippery and dangerous decent. It is a 3 - 5 minute decent to the rocks that overlook the sea. Be careful as people have died by falling into the sea. The view is unbelievable. Climbing up, using the chains and fence along the path was easier than going down.
Written July 7, 2022
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al22tecc
Philippines7,363 contributions
This is still in the same neighborhood/subdivision as the china walls. So it is strongly recommended to use google map and/or waze because there is no sign that points to it. When your map app tells you that you have arrived you look around and cant find it. There is a small alley between two houses on the right. I couldnt find the house numbers of these two. Instead, the houses across has the numbers 5 and 7. Go through this narrow alley. Take note the hike down (and up) takes some effort.

After the hike, we were rewarded with a very beautiful view of the ocean. Walk down and look down and left to see a cave that looks like it spits out the sea.

The bonus was that a whale suddenly jumped out of the ocean. Though I only saw it splash down, all of this, for free, and yet, priceless.

We did this midday instead of late afternoon or sunset when google map said it gets congested.
Written January 9, 2020
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awesterndialogue
The Cincinnati Region21 contributions
My wife and I took a less orthodox way to see this site: we parked on a neighborhood street just east of the China Walls, and then we hiked south on the cliffs until we finally found the Spitting Caves--there were some slippery cliffs, and the beating waters made some parts more treacherous. We saw no one on our way down to the caves (which had its own beautiful sites), though there were a couple other people there when we finally found the spot, and it was worth the trip: about every 5-10 minutes, the caves take in more water than they contain, and the caves "spit" the water back out in an aggressive spray that can reach up to hit all the onlookers. It's a marvelous site worth the risk of getting to, though we found out that another couple who came down to the spot came from an easier way, which we never learned. If you do travel south from the China Walls, beware of rusty nails in the ground!
Written July 14, 2021
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strudel2018
Honolulu, HI67 contributions
Having lived on Oahu for 12 years this was my first time visiting the "Spitting Cave" overlook. Mainly because it always sounded like a dangerous place. My son had been here before & invited me to go visit it with him. We parked on the street and walked down the trail (Wear good footwear!) to the large smooth rocks that overlook the cave. The smooth weathered rocks were interesting. A woman was preparing to jump off the rocks into the water in front of the spitting cave. Her friend was using a drone to capture her jump. I was concerned for the woman's safety! It was windy and we only stayed a short time. I have seen it and have no desire to return. Now when I hear of someone getting injured or killed at this site I will know why.
Written February 25, 2022
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Margaret A
Santa Clarita, CA78 contributions
Brent N from Atlanta got it right. We "rich" neighbors do hate: the noisy drunks and druggies. The wailing sirens coming several times a week to pull a tourist's body out of the roiling water. Screeching tires. Car doors slamming. Not enough room for two moving cars to pass between the parked cars on both sides of the street. What's the big deal? It's a bunch of water with no place else to go. It's very, very dangerous.

Want a great sunset? Try Haleiwa. Easy to find. Sunset over the water any time of year (at Spitting Cave Oct-March). Want a marine geyser? Five minutes up the road at the Halona Blow Hole. Easy parking. A plus? sometimes you can see Molokai and Haleakala on Maui from that lookout.
Written November 9, 2020
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Teacher20052013
DeLand, FL561 contributions
This place is nestled in between two magnificent pieces of property - one with a house, the other with a house being built on the site. Getting down to the caves you have to traverse a very steep path that can be treacherous if it has gotten wet. Not for the faint of heart as there is not really a railing to hang onto the entire way but rather a chain link fence and then a chain that dangles. Wear good sturdy shoes and perhaps take a walking stick.
Written August 1, 2022
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Charlie B
Pittsburgh, PA88 contributions
We went here on the suggestion of a local we met. Its kind of hard to find the trail down to the ocean, but its there between houses. There is no beach here, just waves crashing against the rocky shore with often spectacular results. The trail is a little tricky, but not difficult to manage. It does seem like you could fall and get hurt here, so be careful.
Written July 18, 2022
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Lauren D
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a hidden gem! our Uber driver said this is a "locals" thing and it's not well known to tourists, and it's really off the beaten path. The entrance is in a neighborhood so be mindful of parking to not block driveways. The walk down to the caves if very slick so wear good shoes like Tevas, Chacos, something with good grip and a strap (no flip flops). The caves are very slick but totally worth it and beautiful. Close to Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach and the blowholes so definitely pair this trip with one of those sites to make the most out of your trip to this area.
Written March 18, 2021
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clum1007
Honolulu, HI11 contributions
Friends
There have been two recent deaths of young people who've jumped in, and perished when they could not climb back up. The waters are treacherous and deadly. Yes, it CAN happen to you and your friends, so admire the waters, but stay out. I am saddened when another young life is gone because they "Just do it!" Take photos and videos so you can enjoy the experience, not to mention other experiences, later.
I suspect most readers will dislike my review, but I felt compelled to tell it like it is. Believe me, I don't like hearing the rescue units sirens roaring past my home on beautiful summer days.
Written June 22, 2014
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Hawaiikaigal
Oahu, HI25 contributions
I'm not rating this poorly because of spittings caves beauty. I'm rating it thus because i live just down the street from this site. Everyday ambulences and police race back abd forth, attemping to save tourists from themselves. In the past 2 months there have benn two deaths at spitting caves. In both cases they were young (20 somthings) in great shape, who have met there maker at this "beautiful" spot. My suggestion is to continue on around to Sandy's, park safetly, and enjoy the presence of qulified life guards! No more deaths at spitting caves!
Written July 5, 2014
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