Makapu'u Point
Makapu'u Point
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  • elisabetnoh
    Maryland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Breathtaking
    We stopped along each lookout on the southside of the island, and this one was our favorite. No camera filter was needed to capture the vivid shades of blue. We went late in the afternoon and there was only one other couple there. Worth the drive and stop.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Bex I
    Silverdale, New Zealand159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the photo op!
    Beautiful views from this lookout. Easy to access from car park with plenty of parking. Access for prams or wheelchairs. It was very windy however lovely clear day and views for miles. Definitely worth stopping for a photo op.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Views Along the Popular Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail
    The best way to experience Makapu'u Point is to hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail. This is a paved trail that climbs 1.25 miles. It is moderately strenuous and requires at least a moderate fitness level. Terrific views of the surrounding ocean along the way and ends with a nice view of the nearby lighthouse. We also spotted a whale just off the coast as we were there in March which is during the migrating season. This is a very popular trail and the parking lot was nearly full when we arrived at around 11am. If the lot is full, there is parking along the side of the main highway, but this will add to your walking time. It is best to go early which allows you to beat the crowds and also the daytime heat as there is no shade along the hike. If you do not have the physical ability to make the climb, there is a nice vista point along the main road just north of here where you can stop and get out of the car.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
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Khiem H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Perched majestically along the rugged coastline of Oahu, Makapu'u Point emerges as a beacon of natural wonder and awe-inspiring beauty. From its vantage point, visitors are treated to a breathtaking panorama that epitomizes Hawaii's paradise in all its splendor.

As the gentle sea breeze dances across the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, the view from Makapu'u Point unfolds like a masterpiece painted by Mother Nature herself. Towering sea cliffs adorned with lush vegetation cascade down to meet the crystal-clear waters below, creating a scene of unparalleled serenity and tranquility.

But it's not just the oceanic vista that captivates the soul; it's the sheer magnitude of the landscape that leaves visitors spellbound. From the majestic Koolau mountain range to the sprawling coastline dotted with palm-fringed beaches, every inch of the horizon exudes an air of timeless beauty and boundless adventure.

And let's not forget the iconic Makapu'u Lighthouse, standing proudly as a sentinel of the sea. Against the backdrop of cerulean skies and emerald cliffs, this historic beacon adds a touch of old-world charm to the already enchanting landscape, serving as a reminder of Hawaii's rich maritime heritage.

But perhaps the most magical aspect of Makapu'u Point is its ability to transport visitors to a realm of pure bliss and serenity. As the golden sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of pink and orange, time seems to stand still, allowing travelers to immerse themselves fully in the beauty of Hawaii's paradise.

In essence, Makapu'u Point is more than just a destination; it's a sanctuary for the soul—a place where the beauty of nature converges with the spirit of aloha to create an experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. So whether you're seeking adventure, tranquility, or simply a moment of awe-inspiring beauty, Makapu'u Point beckons you to discover the true essence of Hawaii's paradise.
Written 21 February 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The best way to experience Makapu'u Point is to hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail. This is a paved trail that climbs 1.25 miles. It is moderately strenuous and requires at least a moderate fitness level. Terrific views of the surrounding ocean along the way and ends with a nice view of the nearby lighthouse. We also spotted a whale just off the coast as we were there in March which is during the migrating season. This is a very popular trail and the parking lot was nearly full when we arrived at around 11am. If the lot is full, there is parking along the side of the main highway, but this will add to your walking time. It is best to go early which allows you to beat the crowds and also the daytime heat as there is no shade along the hike. If you do not have the physical ability to make the climb, there is a nice vista point along the main road just north of here where you can stop and get out of the car.
Written 1 January 2024
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Bex I
Silverdale, New Zealand159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful views from this lookout. Easy to access from car park with plenty of parking. Access for prams or wheelchairs. It was very windy however lovely clear day and views for miles. Definitely worth stopping for a photo op.
Written 19 July 2023
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN990 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
One of the good views in Oahu. We stopped here to enjoy the view and took some pictures. It's free and we didn't have issue to find a parking spot when we were there in the morning.
Written 20 May 2023
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elisabetnoh
Maryland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We stopped along each lookout on the southside of the island, and this one was our favorite. No camera filter was needed to capture the vivid shades of blue. We went late in the afternoon and there was only one other couple there. Worth the drive and stop.
Written 6 March 2023
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Jeanna
Dallas, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Breathtakingly beautiful! Words cannot describe the views and pictures do not do it justice. Grab a fresh coconut from a local vendor and enjoy the views and the sound of the waves.
Written 14 January 2023
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Guywilltravel
Toronto, Canada208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
O'ahu is a picture taking paradise. There is so much to see that while this is a nice spot, you could give this a pass on not miss anything.
Written 18 December 2022
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Lynn R
110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful views on Oahu. The water is such a brilliant blue. The southeast coast is very pretty…..
Written 28 November 2022
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Sightseer779040
282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We found this during my research on places to stop on a drive around the island. It is just past the pull off for the Makapuu lighthouse trail. The parking lot is on the smaller side, but there was a decent turn around of people coming and going so it seemed to work out while we were there. You cannot see the lighthouse from here as it is around the corner, but it still has a pleasant view of the coastline down the island. There are signs in the parking lot warning of break ins. Please be sure to take your bags with you on your person, don’t leave anything that looks valuable in plain sight, and lock your doors. So please be alert and aware of your surroundings. Overall it is a great place to take in some of the beauty of the island as you make your way around.
Written 12 November 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a no brainer when you are driving through this side of the island! We actually drove twice and stopped each time just to relax and take in the views! First time we were driving north so we only stopped here, but the second time we actually were coming from the north to arrive literally next door at the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail - you enter them via separate roads from the main road - they have separate parking lots.

Neither parking lot has a restroom or any vendors for food/water so come prepared if if you are also planning to do the hike (not challenging as much as tiring, the surface is perfectly paved but it's a constant incline and it wears you out, worth it though - see separate review)

TIP: as in many places in Oahu there are sign of "frequent theft" so make sure to not get carried away with the views and lock your car/hide away the valuables!
Written 11 November 2022
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