I found a listing for an "inexpensive Hawaiian vacation" on craigslist.com, and it was exactly what I was looking for. The place we got was a studio, had a full kitchen and a view from heaven! The wonderful owners rent it out to guests when they go off island, and they even let us use their truck...which saved us hundreds on a car rental, and meant our kids could get real surf lessons! The place is close to surfing beaches and golf, with a drive to town if you want some more action...The grounds are immaculate, athough older, with beautiful native plants throughout. There are huge pools, a workout/sauna, laundry facilities (when we used something other than a bathing suit!), a mini-store and the most gorgeous ocean lagoon ever! We had the whole beach to ourselves most times and it felt very private island. I wholeheartedly disagree with the negative postings, they must have been looking for the party scene and tourism of waikiki.....NOT real hawaii! we ended up returning home to California with a return trip already set, because we had saved so much money!! Our two kids are already telling their teachers that they are going back to makaha!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This condo is equipped with all you need to enjoy your stay. Full kitchen, stove, microwave, coffeemaker, grinder, utensils, new pots/pans, full size fridge, linens, towels, cooking utensils & just about anything you need. There is a BBQ area by the main pool, coin-operated laundry & a small mini market in the condo grounds. Secured 24-hour grounds & parking area. Come join us on the sunny leeward side of Oahu for a true Hawaii experience. Our condo is situated right in front of a little cove that you can go snorkeling, see turtles & dolphins & whale watching in the winter. The pictures on the website are taken from the balcony of our condo, where you'll enjoy breathtaking 180 degree views from the 3rd floor. The sunsets are some of the best in all of Hawaii being on the Leeward side. (West) You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at your private getaway! The airport is only 30 minutes &Waikiki is only 45 minutes away; The 5 Star Resort at Ko'Olina is only 20 minutes away. Restaurants, shopping, five star resorts, spas in both areas. Golf is 5 minutes away, where there are two championship golf courses across the street. Waterpark is 20 minutes away. There is also variety of fast food along Farrington Hwy. Swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and surfing available all around the islands, but Makaha is famous for all of the above. There is a boat Harbor within walking distance from the condo next to Waianae High School where you can go on a trip for whale watching or swim with the dolphins boat ride. Makaha is gorgeous and a jewel that is the best kept secret only most of locals really know about and explore. Although growing with the tourist population, you won't be immersed in it here! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makaha Surfside Condominium Hotel Waianae
- Makaha Surfside Condominium Hawaii/Waianae, Oahu