Pray For Sex Beach (Makua Beach)

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Address Farrington Hwy at Makua Valley Rd, Waianae, HI 96792
Long, sandy beach. It's really Pray For Sets Beach. Shaded camping areas available.

• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Powder • Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Whale Sightings

Pray For Sex Beach wins for best beach name by far but it's not as dirty as you're thinking, but more on that further down. The real name of this beach is Makua Beach which is just a bit north of Kaneana Cave / Makua Cave.

Makua Beach is the second to last beach that you'll find when heading up (north) the Waianae coast (west coast) of O'ahu. This one can be hard to spot from the road so look for the dirt road on the ocean side of the road that is about 1/2 mile north of Kaneana Cave / Makua Cave and just south of the tall lookout tower you'll see on the mountain side of the road. Our map pinpoint marks the turn in.

The dirt road will lead you right into a horrible dirt parking lot that is filled with deep holes and sharp rocks sticking out so go very slow. It's at this point you'll start questioning your decision to pass on the rental insurance. Okay, it's not that bad.

The parking lot here is often a filthy mess and covered in trash. It looks like a dump, literally. All of this trash is slowly blowing towards the ocean and beach where it will all eventually end up. On top of that, on our last visit we could see some kids sitting in an SUV and smoking what was clearly pot (marijuana's bad, or so the man wants us to believe, mmm-kay children).

Forget all of that because the beach here is actually quite nice and really large with powdery sand while the water is really clear and blue. It's really a great beach and virtually unused by anyone during the week considering how far up it is and how it's sort of hidden from the road. If you want a hidden beach and some isolation then this is likely to be what you're looking for. Throw in amazing scenery and you'll forget about the trashy parking area and any shady characters in it. Note that there are no facilities here.

Some other interesting factoids? Behind the beach, on the other side of the road, you'll often see the military training here. As you walk from the parking lot to the beach you'll see some decades-old graffiti on a rock that reads "pray 4 sex" and that's why this beach is sometimes referred to as the "pray for sex beach".

Why is "pray 4 sex" written on a rock? The surfers would head out from this beach and pray for waves, or "pray for sets" of good waves. So what started as "pray for sets" beach got turned into "pray for sex" over the years, then somebody painted that on a rock and a legend was born. So, Makua Beach is also known as Pray For Sets Beach which is also known as is Pray For Sex Beach. Got it?