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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” (16 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (22 reviews)
“tide pools” (11 reviews)
41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Basically nothing has changed in the past 35 years! Still one of the best beaches for bodysurfing 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 never crowded, just a fun beach to be at. Even the bathrooms are the same, well they could need a hand... other than that: a must for...More

Thank HelmutMatthias
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This beach is beautiful and has amazing views. My beware comment relates to the current and waves. The waves are really strong even very close to the shore. I am 40 and it took me for a ride. It was a great time but be...More

Thank Rachel J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another gorgeous spot to just watch the ocean and on right day watch guys hitting the waves. Pay attention to lifeguards and flags, seriously. All kinds of stuff going on here like gliders and paragliders etc.

Thank MielipideP
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We got off the bus at sea life park and tried to walk back to Makapu’u lighthouse hiking trail. We spotted this beach along the way and decided to take a look. The beach was beautiful and not crowded. I was so glad to catch...More

Thank Jin G
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Yet another beautiful Hawaii beach. You do need to be aware of your surroundings because the waves can be dangerous. So, use caution and be safe if you go in the water.

Thank AAHolt
Reviewed 9 October 2017

You can't always swim here. Keep that in mind. It is stunning. Went here three times during our stay. The water was just stunning. Perfect to just sit and relax and enjoy the views.

Thank Sayheysarah
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Love Makapu'u Beach, but it's very dangerous if you're not a strong swimmer. The waves come fast and hit hard, so swim with a friend. Never put you back to the ocean at this particular beach, as it can be very painful and unexpected when...More

Thank Hawaiian555
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Beauty often comes with a price and this beach certainly does. the waves look quite benign, but they are not. I saw several people being taken off guard, and the lifeguards were always calling out to be careful. Great if you are experienced at surfing,...More

1  Thank AF1231
Reviewed 19 August 2017

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 16 August 2017

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
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