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Hawaiian Princess Beach, Makaha

Oahu, HI
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Hawaiian Princess Beach, Makaha, Oahu Hawaii

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Hawaiian Princess Beach, also called Papaoneone Beach, is pretty much how a perfect beach looks! Golden sand leads down to clear blue-green water. It's wonderful to sit on the shelf of abundant sand and take in the views. Sometimes you'll see turtles, which is lovely.  Three tall condo buildings provide shade that lasts until late in the morning- this is super nice! There are some rocks here and there, so be careful as you get in the water. A steep dropoff makes this beach a little scary, as you can rarely stand while swimming, and there are sometimes huge waves. There is also no lifeguard. Swimming here is solely for strong swimmers.
If you walk ten minutes north through the neighborhood you will come to the access path for Aki's Beach, a delightful little cove which looks a bit more sheltered for swimming.
If you walk south you can explore the rocky headland, check out little puddles of sea water in the rocks, examine the many pieces of white coral, and look up at the pointy mountain, Lahilahi Point, above. You can walk both directions around the headland. The inland direction takes you past a homeless encampment, and to views of the next beach over, Mauna Lahilahi Beach Park. The outer direction dead ends unless you're willing to try some climbing around serious rocks.
You can rent timeshare apartments in the Hawaiian Princess condo and enjoy incredible views of this beach day and night.
Eleven minutes drive south, check out the tropical plants and ocean views at Bettini Gardens, behind the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
Eleven minutes drive north, have a swim at stunning Makua Beach, where tall mountains loom above you and the horizon is a vibrant inky blue. It's more shallow here, so easier to swim, and you can park right by the beach under some trees.
If you want a beach with a lifeguard, check out Makaha Beach, a three minute drive north. It has fairly calm summer swimming. In winter the swimming is dangerous but you can watch surfers close to shore.

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Late morning shade.
Late morning shade.
The incredible colors of the water.
The incredible colors of the water.
Looking down at swimmers makes you HAVE to go in!
Looking down at swimmers makes you HAVE to go in!
The clear water.
The clear water.
End of day at Hawaiian Princess Beach.
End of day at Hawaiian Princess Beach.
Plumeria trees and mountain views from the parking lot of Hawaiian Princess condos.
Plumeria trees and mountain views from the parking lot of Hawaiian Princess condos.
Beautiful mountains and trees.
Beautiful mountains and trees.
I love the light on the mountains, and the shape of the trees.
I love the light on the mountains, and the shape of the trees.
The walk around the headland, like you're in Africa.
The walk around the headland, like you're in Africa.
View from other side of headland, Mauna Lahilahi Beach.
View from other side of headland, Mauna Lahilahi Beach.
View of Mauna Lahilahi Beach, from other side of headland.
View of Mauna Lahilahi Beach, from other side of headland.
Golden light on the mountains.
Golden light on the mountains.
A beautiful time of day, dusk.
A beautiful time of day, dusk.
Incredible clouds.
Incredible clouds.
Makaha town and amazing mountains.
Makaha town and amazing mountains.
Turtle going for an early morning swim.
Turtle going for an early morning swim.
Kayaker enjoying early morning paddle.
Kayaker enjoying early morning paddle.
Fisherman on the beach in the morning.
Fisherman on the beach in the morning.
View to the south, from Hawaiian Princess condo walkway.
View to the south, from Hawaiian Princess condo walkway.
View of Mauna Lahilahi Beach, from Hawaiian Princess condo walkway.
View of Mauna Lahilahi Beach, from Hawaiian Princess condo walkway.
Noontime swimmers.
Noontime swimmers.
The pristine sand.
The pristine sand.
Clouds gather in the valley at dusk.
Clouds gather in the valley at dusk.
Walking around the ocean side of the headland at dusk.
Walking around the ocean side of the headland at dusk.
A man walks along the rocky headland.
A man walks along the rocky headland.
   

Directions

To find this beach, use the address 84-104 Jade St, Waianae HI 96792. You can park along Farrington Highway where it meets Jade St, right by the beach access path. Beware: There are stripped cars everywhere in Makaha, so park at your own risk. Don't bring any belongings to the beach or leave any in the car, especially not ones that you will need later like prescription glasses.

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Last Updated Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:07:15 GMT