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Makapu'u Beach

41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“tide pools” (11 reviews)
41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

Just across the street from the Sea Life Park entrance, turn right instead...into the Makapu'u parking lot. The beach is tucked right in by the road. But the park has bathrooms and plenty of parking. The beach is small and I've never seen more than...More

Thank Sherry G
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Makapu'u is an excellent beach park to enjoy the beautiful scenery. (Not for a fun swim.) Makapu'u is a great place to watch experienced body boarders and body surfers challenge the waves. Don't forget to take some spectacular photos while you are there! With that...More

Thank bobster4u
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Nice beach, great views, but always be aware of the waves. Can be very rough at times. Good beach for bodyboarding.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Beautiful area. Not the best for swimming. Watch for strong currents. A lot of rocks too. You can body surf in a small area. Nice place for a gathering or picnic. Park in the lot or on the street.

Thank Shannon R
Reviewed 20 October 2016

One of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu! Our tour guide on Roberts Hawaii made an un scheduled stop to view this beautiful beach! The waves looked rough, but the sand and water looked very Nice! Post card perfect. We booked our tour from Fun-Hawaii.com...More

Thank flyboymlc
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I grew up 3 miles from here and Makapu'u Beach was my 'backyard' growing up bodysurfing and board surfing before and after the lifeguards hours. This is a boogie boarding, bodysurfing beach ONLY when lifeguards are on duty--no surfing. SWIMMING is to be discouraged as...More

2  Thank A H
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The views from this beach are breathtaking, from the mountains, the small islands just off shore, and the waves crashing over volcanic rocks. Great place to catch a wave or some sun.

Thank Nate D
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We went to this beach to take pictures at sunrise. It was so beautiful and had mountains & the lighthouse in the background. Didn't get in the water so can't give you any info on that but worth a stop if you like photography &...More

Thank hnburgess
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Beach is beautiful. True paradise. That is why there are so so many people which of course spoils the fun and bit. Never the less that is always like that in fantastic places. Snorkeling equipment is good gravity and we did see a lot of...More

Thank KT45KT
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Not for weak swimmers or for those inexperienced in heavy surf conditions. Conditions change daily. Never turn your back to the ocean, you never know when a "sneaker set" will come. Most beautiful beach location on Oahu and awesome for body surfing.

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