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Makapu'u Beach

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Address: 41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1808

Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is...

Stretching more than 1,000 yards of sandy shoreline, this spot is considered the premier bodysurfing beach in Hawaii.

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Mission completed

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... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
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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 different fish. Mission completed.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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
Woodstock, Illinois
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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 walk around and check all of them out. Watch out for the quick moving crabs,... More 

2 Thank Luv2Travel7723
Lombard, Illinois
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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. This part is amazing. There are all sorts of fish and creatures. It's like being... More 

2 Thank LostALot22
Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 1 August 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
Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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 lighthouse or from Koko head. The waves are perfect for surfers, so but may be... More 

1 Thank y2says
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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 extraordinary. There are some local people do body boarding or body surfing but not too... More 

1 Thank Shu Wei Y
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Some local kids even surf with boogie boards!! Incredibly beautiful beach but we stayed out. Very rough sea.

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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Beautiful lava tidal pools but you have to be careful with the waves knocking you off your feet and then major lava rash!

3 Thank Scrotchy S
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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Despite being quite close to Sandy Beach, the sea in Makapu'u Beach is not so powerful so it's a good spot for swimming and a better one for snorkeling. The sand is white, coralline and clean. Some rocks in the water but not a big deal. The beach is quite long, though not wide, so it's not crowded. Free parking... More 

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