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“Tons of Sea Turtles”
Review of Makaha Beach Park

Makaha Beach Park
Ranked #5 of 27 things to do in Waianae
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Owner description: A popular beach for surfing.
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Loved the clear, gorgeous, calm water and all the sea turtles we found! We even got to see some star fish and octopus. We went on the Dolphin Excursion tour and it was incredible!

2  Thank Erin J
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is a fairly large beach area, and is a local surfing area during the high surf season. During the summer months, this is an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving. You will see both snorkeling and diver boats about 200-250 yards off shores. This is a local beach, but for visitors who don’t want to take a tour boat to see the attractions, Makaha has easy access to the beach and water.
The two primary attractions for snorkers and divers at Makaha Beach are the ‘Turtle Cleaning Station’ and the ‘The cavern’. This is asnorkeler view of Makaha. To get to the ‘Turtle Station’ or ‘the Cavern’, you must be a real good swimmer and feel comfortable in deep water (20-30ft). Do not attempt if there are swells or heavy current. I went on a weekday (Friday afternoon), and there were less than 20 people on the beach, and maybe 6 or seven people in the water. I saw only one other snorkeler in the water. I wear a snorkel vest (bright yellow) which aid in floatation.
Location of the ‘Turtle cleaning Station’: From an overview map of Makaha Beach, you can see a large deep channel running out from the center of the beach to the ocean with flat lava reef on side. Looking out from the center lifeguard station, out about 150 yards to the left, there is a white buoy. Start out swimming to the white buoy marker from the life guard station. The first 50 yards from shore will be deep and sandy, then you will reach the lava reef, where the depth maybe around 15-20 feet deep. As you continue toward the buoy, you will reach the edge of the lava reef. Follow the edge of the reef on out for about 200 yds off shore. Continue to look for a large Mushroom dome (20 ft diameter) about 15-20 yds to the right of the edge of the reef. There you should see many turtles around this dome, being cleaned by fish. On this occasion, I saw two giant turtles, way over 6 feet in width, and several smaller turtles, which before I would have considered large (3 ft).
The ‘Cavern’ is located about 30-50 yds pass the ‘Turtle Station’.
On the way back in to the shore, a 3-ft turtle was seen just a few feet from the shore next to a swimmer.
Rinsing station and rest rooms are located across the street. There is a rinsing station next to the picnic table on the beach just behind the lifeguard station on the parking strip next to the highway.

11  Thank takeahike66
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We love the quiet, less crowded west side of Oahu for many reasons but swimming in the ocean here is our favorite memory of a great vacation. You don't have to go out on a expensive dive trip to see fish, just put on a mask and swim out! The surfing is decent at times so bring your board. Don't worry about the sketchy looking locals who frequent the beach, they are harmless and the neighbors are very friendly. Can't wait to go back.

4  Thank momma-t-mac
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

You really get almost to see both sides of the Hawaii story here. On the one hand you have an amazing beach, fantastic surfing (experienced surfers) and great snorkeling, on the other you have to share the north end with Hawaii;s homeless. It really opens your eyes to the other side of living in paradise

1  Thank 2nightowl432
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

The locals are interesting...they liked me and my friend because we're friendly and we cleaned up our trash

1  Thank Elaine W
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