Oahu,  Windward Coast

The Beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools on Oahu, Hawaii

There’s no doubt if you have an Instagram that you know about the incredibly beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools. These tidepools rest in the eastern part of the island right beside the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail.

Header photo shot by @hoanslife


The Beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools on Oahu, Hawaii

Note: This side of the island is very hot and dry – make sure to bring lots of water and use sunscreen. When visiting the tidepools – make sure to wear shoes because the rocks that surround it tend to be slippery and sharp. Take note of how the water breaks on the reef. It can get quite dangerous – so make sure to be safe and use proper judgment when visiting the Makapu’u Tidepools.


How to reach the Makapu’u Tidepools

1. Via the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

Walk up the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail like you would normally. About three-quarters of the way up – there will be a humpback whale informational display. Beside it is the start of a loose trail that will lead you down to the beautiful Makapu’u tidepools. As you scale down, there are white arrows pointing upwards that you can follow both down the trail and back up when you are leaving the pools.

2. Via the trail beside the start of the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

To the right of the gravel Makapu’u Lighthouse trail – there will be a separate rocky trail beside it that will lead you to Pele’s chair and the Alan Davis Beach. Keep left and there will be coastal rocks that will eventually lead to the Makapu’u Tidepools after around 45 minutes. This way can be very dangerous due to some parts not being passable if the tide is far out, although, there are some gems along the way that you absolutely cannot miss out. It might feel like an eternity going this way, though, to keep in mind, due to how hot and rocky it is.

Either way, you will eventually be greeted by this beauty…

Makapu'u Tidepools

Relax and take in the beauty of Hawaii. Let your worries slip away and relax at ease at the beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools.


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