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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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“body surfing” (22 reviews)
“tide pools” (11 reviews)
41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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Reviewed 13 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 21 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 10 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 7 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.

1  Thank Jeremiah R
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Really loved this spot. There is a nice beach, although the waves looked a little rough, but my favorite spot was to the left of the beach where there were all these little tide pools, filled with cool fish. It was lots of fun to...More

2  Thank Luv2Travel7723
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I was driving the road and stopped here just because the location is so amazing. Lots of people were swimming and the waves were moderately rough. Off to the left of the beach there is a former lava flow which has turned into tidal pools....More

2  Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We had family photos done here. The water is perfect and the mountains add something extra to the experience. If you can't stay, at least drive by.

1  Thank Brittani G
Reviewed 29 July 2016

My fiance and I picked this place for our engagement photoshoot and this place is perfect. The setting was great with a nice view, lava rocks and soft sands. This would be a great place to for a quick dip after a hike to the...More

1  Thank y2says
Reviewed 24 July 2016

In the beginning, I have to say I have not visited the North Shore, because I could not find a parking space around some places I wanted to visit. Instead, I found that Makapuu Beach is a very interesting place to visit. The view is...More

1  Thank Shu Wei Y
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