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The Beach

Makapuu Beach is centered on the eastern tip of Oahu, adjacent to Waimanalo & Kaupo Beach. This area is full of scenic views, and offers its visitors a relaxing spot to indulge in life outside of the city.

Whether you’re coming from the south or north, travelers can expect to see gorgeous views on their drive to this area as you curve around the cliffs and come upon the expansive blue waters in this eastern part of Oahu. Early birds can catch a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the mountain range, making Makapu’u beach a great choice for a photo shoot.

Although this beach has some patches of rocks, it can still be a great place for snorkeling, and longboard surfing. Makapu’u is known for its prime bodyboarding conditions as well. Additionally, visitors have a chance of spotting humpback whales who frequent this areas waters during the months between November and April.

Getting Hungry? In the nearby surrounding vicinity you’ll find a few local-eats like Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack (dine in/order to go) where you can grab some fresh local favorites like the garlic ahi or kalbi & teriyaki chicken combo. Another great grub spot is Kalapawai Market who pride themselves on feature locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and a refreshing happy hour focused on local wines and beer.

Yearning to explore Makapu’u’s surrounding region? Go for a hike on the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, where the paths will lead you to a beautiful lighthouse with gorgeous views of the ocean. We also suggest to check out the Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii where you can saddle up and get a riding lesson

The Parking at Makapuu Beach

Makapu’u has easy parking access in its lots. You also have the option to park via the side streets, where there is accessible pathways leading to the beach.

Beach Activities

Makapu’u beach offers many activities for you to enjoy, making it a great place for your destination of the day. It is Bus Accessible (click for bus directions from your current location).

  • Whale Watching
  • Body Boarding
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Longboard Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking


  • Parking
  • Bathrooms
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Bus Accessible

Food Options Nearby

There are a few great options for food nearby for dining in or for grabbing some grub to bring along.

  • Ruka Bowls (order to go)
  • Kalapawai Market (dine in/order to go)
  • Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack (dine in/order to go)
  • Keneke’s BBQ (dine in/order to go)

Where to Stay

  • Waimanalo Beach Cottage (Budget Friendly)
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort (Overall Favorite)
  • Sheraton Waikiki (Luxury)
  • Ewa Hotel Waikiki (Practical)
  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel (Budget Friendly)
  • More Options…

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September, 2023




August 26,2019

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  • 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Michael
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