Makapu'u Beach Park

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Address 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
Great for advanced body surfing and boogie boarding.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Picnic Tables • Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Poor / Few
• Good For: Bodysurfing • Good For: Boogie Boarding • Good For: Sunrises

Makapu'u Beach Park is located in the Waimanalo area on the east side of O'ahu, across the street from Sea Life Park Hawaii. When you first pull into the parking lot here you may be wondering if there is any actual sandy beach at all here, because it's hard to see from the lot at first, but it's there!

During the week it should be easy to park, but if this place gets busy there aren't tons of spots to choose from. Once parked, walk towards the southeast tip of the parking lot (on your right, towards the ocean) and you'll see the beach down the path that is in front of you.

It's a nice beach with plenty of sand but unless the ocean is super calm you probably won't want to go in the water here. The shorebreak here can be very intense, much like nearby Sandy Beach (Koko Head Park), when the ocean is anything more than super calm.

If you see the red flags and signs warning you to stay out of the water then do what they say. If you don't see any signs it would be wise to talk with the lifeguards first before going in. The southern end is the best bet here since the northern bits are quite rocky.

If the ocean is really angry stay far back and just enjoy the show. This is a great beach for advanced level body surfing and boogie boarding, but only if you have the skills to survive.