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“Simply breathtaking”

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
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Owner description: Further along Kalanianaole Highway is the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail. This easy route with its moderate incline to the 647-ft. summit is a popular spot during whale season between December and April. This is a definite photo opportunity even when humpbacks aren’t spouting offshore. If you’re really ambitious, tackle a pre-sunrise hike to the top so you can grab a glorious photo of the sunrise.
Mukilteo, Washington
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Simply breathtaking”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We arrived early for what we were hoping to be a beautiful sunrise hike. Unfortunately the clouds had other plans. To our extreme delight, however, we saw three humpback whales a small distance offshore and even saw one breach twice! Talk about a thrill. We were surprised to see cactus throughout our walk and loved the view most of the way.

Visited December 2012
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London, Ontario
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“Amazing views, easy walk”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We stumbled across this trail when we missed the turn for Koko Crater and were glad we did! The path is entirely paved and we saw a few people walking dogs and with strollers. Lookout points to the lighthouse and Rabbit island. We didn't see any whales in December but there are signs posted that it's a great place to see them.

Visited December 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hike”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

The trail has ocean views all the way up to the top and in the winter months is the best place to spot Humpback Whales. I like to hike in the morning because the afternoon sun makes this hike a little too warm.

Visited November 2012
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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing views”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

The view from the top is amazing, took heaps of photographs . The path is smooth but fairly steep so some fitness is helpful.

Visited December 2011
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Kingwood
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“nice hike”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

This was a awesome hike... Make sure you have lots of time to enjoy the view and lots of camera space... Its beautiful!!

Visited November 2012
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