Makapu'u Beach
Makapu'u Beach
4.5
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Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.
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  • May_EXL
    Winnipeg, Canada571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach with character
    We came here after we hiked the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. Awesome fine sandy beach! We visited in February so the waves were wild…good for body surfing! Lots of parking spots, the grounds were well maintained, clean bathrooms/change rooms and there are also outdoor showers. Bring your supplies as there are no stores, restaurants or food carts here. It’s a beautiful beach to dip your toes in after your hike. Makapu’u Beach Park is divided into two by a rugged stretch of coastline. We went to the one right next to the Makapu’u Lookout. There’s also Sea Life Park across the highway.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Alina G
    Germany265 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sandy beach
    Very beautiful sandy beach but with no shadow and big waves and currents. I recommend bringing an umbrella to hide from the burning sun. Also, when we came, there were big waves and it was literally impossible to go in the water. It wasn't even recommended because the currents were very strong.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Surfing Beach with Beautiful Scenery
    There are many great spots to stop when driving along the southeast coast of Oahu and this is one of the best places. Beautiful spot with terrific surrounding scenery. This is a surfing beach. Surf was up when we visited in March, and it was pretty cool to see the locals out doing their thing. There is also a nice vista point along the road just east of here offering a great photo opportunity called the Makapu'u Lookout with plenty of parking.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 December 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
There are many great spots to stop when driving along the southeast coast of Oahu and this is one of the best places. Beautiful spot with terrific surrounding scenery. This is a surfing beach. Surf was up when we visited in March, and it was pretty cool to see the locals out doing their thing. There is also a nice vista point along the road just east of here offering a great photo opportunity called the Makapu'u Lookout with plenty of parking.
Written 21 December 2023
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Alina G
Germany265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Very beautiful sandy beach but with no shadow and big waves and currents. I recommend bringing an umbrella to hide from the burning sun. Also, when we came, there were big waves and it was literally impossible to go in the water. It wasn't even recommended because the currents were very strong.
Written 17 September 2023
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May_EXL
Winnipeg, Canada571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We came here after we hiked the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. Awesome fine sandy beach! We visited in February so the waves were wild…good for body surfing! Lots of parking spots, the grounds were well maintained, clean bathrooms/change rooms and there are also outdoor showers. Bring your supplies as there are no stores, restaurants or food carts here. It’s a beautiful beach to dip your toes in after your hike. Makapu’u Beach Park is divided into two by a rugged stretch of coastline. We went to the one right next to the Makapu’u Lookout. There’s also Sea Life Park across the highway.
Written 27 May 2023
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Adam J
Anderson, IN92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Fantastic weather, very beautiful beach and scenery. Hawaii has the best beaches in the entire world,
Written 20 December 2022
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Lynn R
110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We went to the overlook of the beach. This was one of the most beautiful places we visited on Oahu. The southeast coast of Oahu is very beautiful.
Written 28 November 2022
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Dena K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Was lucky enough to get walk in tickets. If you try to go this way, be there BY 6:30am. We were lucky enough to get the last 4 tickets in! What a great day!
Written 20 July 2022
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Pandy D
Sydney, Australia887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Makapuu Beach Park, Oahu
Great beach for surfing and patrolled with lifeguards , lots of parking. Each beach along the Windward coastline (East Shore) are a little different and worth a look.
#MakapuuBeachPark
Written 11 July 2022
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JDSoui
Tampa, FL6,495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
The access to the beach is convenient and below the lookout. There are also areas to walk along the rocks and enjoy the swells that come in. A great experience
Written 1 April 2022
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Hannah
Kelowna, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Super stunning beach. Waves and currents too strong to swim but a gorgeous place to hangout for the afternoon. Would definitely recommend
Written 22 February 2022
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The beach here is gorgeous, with glowing bright blue water, however the surf is quite big and can be dangerous if you're not experienced. I would say if you're bringing kids, this is probably not the best spot.
Written 28 December 2021
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