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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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41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Nice beach, great views, but always be aware of the waves. Can be very rough at times. Good beach for bodyboarding.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Beautiful area. Not the best for swimming. Watch for strong currents. A lot of rocks too. You can body surf in a small area. Nice place for a gathering or picnic. Park in the lot or on the street.

Thank Shannon R
Reviewed 21 October 2016

One of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu! Our tour guide on Roberts Hawaii made an un scheduled stop to view this beautiful beach! The waves looked rough, but the sand and water looked very Nice! Post card perfect. We booked our tour from Fun-Hawaii.com...More

Thank flyboymlc
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

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