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Makua Beach

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • Makua Beach is nestled at the base of the Waianae Mountains.- Makua Beach
  • The entrance to the beach park is directly off Farrington Highway.- Makua Beach
  • Makua Beach looking north.- Makua Beach
  • Makua Beach has small tide pools.- Makua Beach
  • Plenty of room on this lesser-known beach!- Makua Beach
  • The back of the beach is shaded by many trees.- Makua Beach
  • Some good waves for surfing!- Makua Beach
  • Soft, white sand beach featuring good waves!- Makua Beach
  • The parking area can easily flood during rain.- Makua Beach
  • Warm hues envelop the area in a glow as a vibrant sunset ends the day over Makua Beach.- Makua Beach
  • Rocky coast at the south end of the beach during a beautiful sunset.- Makua Beach
  • Waves pour over a rock creating a waterfall down the other side with a beautiful sunset on Makua Beach.- Makua Beach
  • The surf drains out a lava rock tunnel at the south end of the beach.- Makua Beach
  • The rocky coast at the south end of the beach.- Makua Beach
  • Waves pour over a rock creating a waterfall down the other side with a beautiful sunset on Makua Beach.- Makua Beach
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Pros: 
White sand. Decent waves. Sunsets.
Cons: 
Busy. Difficult parking.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Nested at the base of the Makua Valley with the Waianae Mountains as a backdrop, Makua Beach is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the water.

The beach is located just past the nearby Kaneana Cave with parking at the northern tip of the beach. Situated toward the end of a paved road, it is one of the more secluded beaches on the western coast of O'ahu. The beach is rarely crowded and boasts a vast expanse of white sand and rolling waves. Makua Beach has more shade than some of the other beaches in this area, with trees lining the rear portions of the shore. There is a small tide pool where children can play, provided that the surf is not too big.

During the winter months there can be some larger surf, which attracts more experienced surfers. Parking here can be difficult, especially on more popular weekends and after it has rained, when the parking lot turns into a mud-puddle mess.

Dangerous swell and currents are possible, especially during winter months. Check wave conditions before entering the water.

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