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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 4 days ago

If you are driving through the area, you can't miss this beach. There is a lookout just beyond with a spectacular view of it from above as well. I recommend taking in it's beauty from every vantage. Even the ladies room offered a postcard view....More

Thank Ann R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Makapu'u Beach Park is known for outstanding body boarding and dangerous shore break. This beach is not for people who do not know Hawaii's waves. There are many days when it is relatively safe. Ask the lifeguards about conditions and be honest about your abilities....More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful soft sand, strong waves, perfect for experienced bodysurfers. With an open Lifeguard station too. Definitely strong surf with advisory. Great visit, showers available. Limited parking, be patient.

Thank Gloria J
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We noticed this beach was mainly for locals. There is a sign saying strong current no swimming yet the locals still go in the water. There were people rocking in the water with the wave but not very far in due to the strong current....More

Thank Alexandra S
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous beach with nice mountain and rock views but waves are high and probably not a good spot for young families.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

We stopped here after stopping at the overlook and walked around the rocks (carefully of course) instead of going down to the beach. The combination of the cliffs, the color of the water, the islands just past the shore, and the waves crashing in left...More

Thank EmeraldCityGlobeTrtr
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Waiting for dinner we came along here for a walk. The black rocks can create a challenge to traverse, but are worth the risk for the amazing views of the surfers and locals working the waves!

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. How does one compare the beaches on Oahu? One really can't. Each is separate and unique like a string of pearls. One must experience each unique beauty. The day we visited there was a wedding taking place near the shore. What a...More

Thank MarieandJayR
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 1 December 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
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