Where is Makua Beach?
Makua Beach is located on the west side of Oahu. It’s by the Waianae Mountain Range and Makua Valley. Makua Beach is different from other beaches around it because it’s not protected by an offshore reef. This means that waves can get very high and violent on rough days in this small town!
Why is Makua Beach Popular?
Makua Beach has many features that make it a popular area for visitors. For starters, the beach has beautiful white sand that seems like it goes for miles. It also has breathtaking ocean bottom drops that let you explore more than you ever thought possible. Add these things in with the fact that it has some amazing tide pools and you’re set to have a great visit. All in all, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you’ll feel like you’re visiting your own personal paradise!
Hotels in Makua Beach
Unfortunately, there aren’t many hotels that are actually at Makua Beach. The good news is that there are some options that aren’t too far away. You’ll have to book one of these rooms and just travel to the beach. It is possible to get a hotel that’s only about 10-15 minutes away. This means you can get up and get right to the beach without having to drive for most of the day just to get there!
What To Do In Makua Beach?
The great thing about this beach is that there are so many things you can do. You can either stay right there or visit places around the beach. If you want to stay right on the beach, you can lay out on the beautiful sandy beach and enjoy the weather or you could sunbathe while you watch the expert surfers conquering the waves.
If you want a little bit more adventure, you can go swimming with dolphins and other sea life. You’ll be able to have a once in a lifetime opportunity by swimming with animals like dolphins, sea turtles and Humpback Whales. Keep in mind, you have to let them approach you as you aren’t allowed to go after them. Imagine being close to these majestic creatures, while swimming through transparent water! You could also visit the western tip of the island and check out Ka’ena Point State Park where you can explore nature and wildlife while hiking down a dirt road. Once you get to the gate, only authorized vehicles are allowed to enter, so you’ll have to do the rest by foot.
You could also follow the side of the island that leads to the northwestern tip of the island and stop at Yokohama Bay, which is about 10 minutes away from Makua Beach. It’s also known as Keawaula Beach and it’s one of the most secluded areas on the entire island! If you feel like seeing some of the great things around Makua Beach, you can book one of the many tour buses and learn more about the area!
Parking in Makua Beach
The great thing about parking at Makua Beach is that it’s free! Once you get to the beach, if the gate is open, you can drive right through. There are many areas where you can pull off and park, so getting there early will get you a better spot. If the gate happens to be closed, there is a parking lot that is right before the gate. You can park there and walk the rest of the way to the beach.
Keep in mind, the gate is usually only open during certain times, so make sure you know these times so you can plan your parking accordingly.
How To Get To Makua Beach
Most of the time, visitors will be heading to Makua Beach from Honolulu. From Honolulu, you’ll want to drive west on the H1 and follow the signs that lead to Waianae. You’ll want to keep following the H1 once it turns into Farrington Highway and continue driving along the coast. While driving to the beach, you’ll go through Waianae and a few other little towns. You should make sure you buy any food or drinks you need because there aren’t any stores after a certain point. After you get through these towns, you’ll need to drive for about 5 more miles. This is when you’ll start seeing signs for Makua Beach. Keep going until you get to the gate and go ahead and park!