With a previous good experience renting a vacation condo in the Hawaiian Islands, we decided to try it again on Oahu. Wanting to stay away from the bustle of Waikiki, we decided on the Makaha Beach Cabanas in Waianae. We rented apt. B912A on the top floor.
You will definitely want, and need, to rent a car if staying here. Waianae is 30-40 minutes by car from Honolulu Int'l Airport. That being said, it is very easy to get there. The main highway out of the airport, H1 westbound, leads into the Farrington Highway which heads right to the door of the building. The parking lot is secure, with after hours security who conducted a roving patrol of the floors and the beach while we were there. All access to the building, and the elevator, is secure via key fob. We never felt unsafe whatsoever, and we are pretty finicky about stuff like that.
The building is right on the beach, which was very lightly used. A pleasant difference to the cattle pen that is Waikiki. We went all around Oahu, and this was probably the best beach for lying around that we saw. Of course, be cautious around the surf. It can be quite strong.
We made full use of the kitchen, which had all the pots and pans, plates, appliances etc. that we could think of. There is a supermarket down the road which was clean and had most everything we needed. The apt was well stocked with towels, etc. WiFi, which is absolutely necessary for most people now, worked in all the rooms. There is no air conditioning. During the week that we were there, in Sept., the trade winds were quite strong coming off the water, and provided enough breeze to usually make up for the lack of aircon. There was only one time where we caught ourselves saying we wished we had air. Whether this is important to you is entirely subjective. If you come from a warmer climate, you probably won't notice. But, not sure how much you'll miss it in the middle of the summer.
In the general vicinity, there is not a lot of touristy stuff to see. It is a working class neighbourhood that possibly has a worse reputation than it deserves. It's not a big island, though, and we found Waianae was a good jumping off point to any other point on the island. We took advantage of our drives to other parts of the island to sample better restaurants.
All in all, this building is a good compromise between a very nice beach and a safe, economical location. We were not disappointed that we thought outside of the box for accomodation on Oahu. This location delivered exactly what we thought it would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fabulous Main Floor Oceanfront Condo! Step from the lanai directly on one of the Best Rated Beaches in Oahu! Watch spectacular sunsets, see the dolphins, sea turtles and even whales during the annual migration--all from the comfort of your beachfront lanai.Swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf or golf nearby at two top-quality courses. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makaha Beach Cabanas Hotel Waianae
- Makaha Beach Cabanas Hawaii/Waianae, Oahu