is a Hawaiian gem that sits below the Makapuu
Point, located southeast of Oahu. Most visitors venture
hike up to the Makapuu Lighthouse,
but rarely stick around to enjoy one
of this most spectacular Oahu beaches!
As you drive around the Makapuu Point Lookout, make sure to
pull over and take a moment to enjoy
one of the most scenic views of
the Windward side of Oahu, including the stunning hillside that
up to the Makapuu Lighthouse,
spectacular view of Makapuu Beach Park below.
This Oahu beach is nestled
in a cove- like bay, with mounds of
sand that cascade down to the ocean.
The dark lava
rock mountain that juts out into the ocean casts
a silhouette that is ominous and impressive to look at
from the beach.
The Makapuu Lighthouse stands as a beacon, and looks as if it is clinging precariously towards the top of the dark rocky cliffs. This mountain has such a commanding presence of pure Hawaiian raw power and beauty at the same time.
Makapuu is my
personal favorite beach! The beautiful
beach against the deep blue ocean and the black mountain will take your
breath away as you make your way down from the parking lot to the
The waves have a
similar shorebreak as its neighbor, Sandy
Beach Park, which tend to get big and crash onto the shore.
will more than likely see mostly locals bodysurfing and bodyboarding
the waves on the right hand side of the ocean.
Makapu’u beach park is about a 1 hour drive or 90 minute bus
ride from Waikiki.
Take the number 22 or 23 Oahu Bus from Kuhio Ave in Waikiki, headed in the Diamond Head direction. Depending on traffic, it should only take about 1 hour to 90 minutes to arrive at Makapu’u.
These buses run on the hour during, weekdays and about every half hour on the weekends.
Bring the right equipment – If you are visiting Makapuu Beach to bodysurf or bodyboard the waves, make sure to bring the right swim fins with you.
Invest in a good pair of swim fins with foot leashes. Swim fins are your best friends as you need them to propel yourself through the waves. You can find these types of fins in local surf shops around the island for about $25 to $50.
Food - There are no food facilities in the area, so make sure to pack a small cooler with food and drinks before arrival.
Consider stopping in the Koko Marina Shopping Center located in Hawaii Kai for food options, before you continue driving to Makapuu Beach Park.
Parking Lot – It’s unfortunate, but there have been a lot of car break-ins over the years at Makapuu Beach. I have not experienced any trouble, but it is very important to take all personal belongings with you to the beach and leave nothing visible in the car.
Morning time – The mornings are beautiful at Makapuu Beach Park, as the sun rises on this side of the island. There’s also a good chance that you will have this Oahu beach all to yourself from sunrise to mid-morning. A sunrise at Makapuu beach is a fantastic way to start your journey up the windward coast of Oahu.
This is one of Oahu’s natural wonders that is guaranteed to entertain on big surf days.
When the waves roll into the rocks, it pushes a truckload of water into a small underwater lava tube, which has nowhere to go but up through a small blowhole.
The force is so powerful,
that you can hear and feel the explosion of the Hanauma Blowhole on big
days, as it sprays 20 to 50 feet into
If you are stopping at the Halona Blowhole, make sure to
stroll over to the right side of the parking lot to view the famous
Eternity beach that has been featured in a few movies, including
popular old romantic 1953 film titled “From
Plan your day early and you could spend some time snorkling
Hanauma Bay before heading off to
Makapu’u Beach. This
protected lava crater bay is rich in marine life and hundreds of
tropical Hawaiian fish. It's rated one of the best rated spots
snorkeling in Oahu. Makapu'u Beach Park is only 15 minutes down the
road after you pass Hanauma Bay.
You won’t find any signs for Eternity Beach, because its only a nickname for the Halona Beach Cove, near Sandy Beach Park.
If you choose to hike down to the Halona Beach Cove, make sure to take great caution on the rocky and loose gravel path that you will be stepping on to get down to the beach cove. It is also highly unadvisable to swim at Eternity Beach during turbulent days, when waves are crashing and the ocean current is very strong.
Are you are up for a light 1 mile
hike up a paved path to the
It is best to start this Oahu hike early
in the morning, as it tends to heat up later in the day. There
Windward island views on top of Makapu’u Point that are worth the
trek to get there! Easy to get to and lots of fun!
If the waves are too rough for you at Makapuu Beach, then
consider driving another 15 minutes up the road to see one of the most
beaches on the
island. The waves tend to be
smaller and much more forgiving at Waimanalo
Bay -but still fun to play