Located on Oahu's west coast, Makaha Beach Park is a great swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding beach. The ocean is calmer in the summer, so swimming is better then. In winter, strong surf and a dangerous rip current make it suitable only for experienced surfers. There are normally signs posted about the conditions, which can change at any time, so pay attention. There are lifeguards on the beach, so if you’re not sure, check with them.
In general, swimming is better towards the center of the beach, where there is a break in the reef. Surfers like the northern end where the surf breaks on the reef, but the reef is close to the surface, and it is sharp and dangerous. There is not much shade on the beach, so bring an umbrella. The beach is rarely crowded except on weekends when local families come to picnic. For divers, there is the well-known site of Makaha Caverns offshore.
84-369 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 Photo: PixieMe/Fotolia
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