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Makapuu Beach

Oahu, HI
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Makapuu Beach, Oahu Hawaii

Description

As you drive from Sandy Beach to Makapuu Beach, it looks like nothing special- just dry hills. But once you reach the top of the hill, the view will take your breath away. Wow! What a steep drop to a gorgeous beach! There is a loop to pull into at the top of the hill where you can park and get a great view from the lookout. If you are lucky you may see someone take off from the cliff there to paraglide.
The swimming here is rough, though nice for a confident swimmer. This is a famous bodyboarding beach. At sunset, it is wonderful to frolick in the white foam near to shore. This is also a beautiful place to watch the sunrise, from the road beside the beach. If you walk to the right-hand side of the beach (furthest from the parking lot) it often suddenly becomes quite flat and you can have a blissful swim there! It is wonderful to look up at the high, high mountains as you swim. Perfection!
There is a little shade if you crouch under bushes, but mostly it's an exposed beach of white sand that slopes steeply to shore. Come at sunset for the best time and a lovely view of the purple sky behind the lighthouse.
A popular hike just around the corner from this beach is the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike, a steep, paved path where you can get good views of whales playing below and a stunning view at the top.
North of here check out two wonderful spots, Baby Makapuu Beach and Waimanalo Beach.

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Photo Gallery

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Paragliders taking off from the lookout above Makapuu Beach.
Paragliders taking off from the lookout above Makapuu Beach.
Up, up, and away!
Up, up, and away!
Paraglider, cliffs, and lighthouse.
Paraglider, cliffs, and lighthouse.
Fishermen at Makapuu Beach.
Fishermen at Makapuu Beach.
The lighthouse.
The lighthouse.
The walkway, coconut trees, and mountains.
The walkway, coconut trees, and mountains.
Bodyboarders in the late afternoon at Makapuu Beach.
Bodyboarders in the late afternoon at Makapuu Beach.
Tall coconut trees in the sand.
Tall coconut trees in the sand.
Men gathering at a picnic table over the beach.
Men gathering at a picnic table over the beach.
Sandy path to bliss!
Sandy path to bliss!
Two guys checking out the surf.
Two guys checking out the surf.
Aaah yeah.... sand and coconut trees in the golden late afternoon light.
Aaah yeah.... sand and coconut trees in the golden late afternoon light.
See the highway that hugs the cliff above the beach.
See the highway that hugs the cliff above the beach.
Last bit of afternoon light at Makapuu Beach.
Last bit of afternoon light at Makapuu Beach.
Boys having fun at the shore.
Boys having fun at the shore.
Catching a wave!
Catching a wave!
Purply sunset.
Purply sunset.
Sunset and what a view!
Sunset and what a view!

Directions

On Kalanianaole Hwy north of Sandy Beach. If northbound, parking is past the beach on your right.
There are restrooms and outdoor showers.

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Zachary
10/06/2009 14:56
Thanks so much for all the photos, Your documenting of the island has really helped all us plan our trip

Last Updated Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:00:35 GMT