Makapu'u Tide Pools is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.9 miElevation gain449 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachPartially pavedViewswild-flowersWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shadeNo dogs
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kat User
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a little tricky to get down after going up but fun

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Connor Toohey
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Hiking

We didn’t go to the top but instead went down to the tidal ponds. Well worth the trek to hang out for a while! Look for the white dots on the way up and down off one of the trail overlooks that has the signs for the waves breaking.

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Bryce Vollmer
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Awesome trail once you find it. Wear shoes not flip flops and water shoes at the bottom come in handy. Cool blow hole and tide pools are fun for swimming and even had fish in them. Probably 30 min down and about the same back up.

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Mitchell Jent
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My friends and I had kush it was dope

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Bria Bria
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Went back in October before it was full of tourist and there was only 2 other people there with me at one point. Lots more people in the pools now. But still worth checking out. Careful when you hike down, rocky and lots of gravel. The last time I went (Dec) I was able to see a whale jump while on the original trial

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Janelle Kosaki
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Hiking

Such a fun and beautiful place! Plan your hike around low tide in order to hangout and explore safely.

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Daniela Tovar
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You need to be careful!

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Christopher Nguyen
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sarah shockley
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

I hiked down to the tide pools from the access point up on the lighthouse trail/paved path. There is another route from the Kaiwi shoreline trail (just keep going up the coast past Pele's Chair) but today I just started down the cliff from the lookout with the whale watching glasses, directly behind a large sign warning against hiking down. Like most Oahu hikes this route is technically "not legal" lol but no one hassled us, and it's well-marked with a white blaze. Fairly steep going down (and also back up) and loose gravel makes it treacherous. I went down slowly, carefully placing each step, but still slipped and fell once. Sturdy shoes are a must. Very hot and there's no shade, so by the time I actually got down to the tide pools I regretted not wearing my swimsuit! This is an exemplary swimming hole hangout spot and several others were doing just that. I'd recommend going at low tide (if possible). The pools are still plenty deep for swimming but the risk of rogue ocean waves sweeping over the edge and knocking you about is somewhat less. There are also several blowholes! Each wave pounding the cliffs sends spray up old lava tubes to great effect. I stood and watched it for quite some time. So far this is my favorite place on a stunning island filled with amazing hikes.

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Jarrod St. Germain
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Hiking

Try to go to the tide pools if you can, you can swim and there’s a great blowhole. Go up to the bunkers too, dirt trail on top and only 10 min walk at most.

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Lyn J
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This place is so cool but you should to have a great shoes for hiking and the view is amazing

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Neda Ganji
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky
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Aaron Richards
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Very easy to get to, trail head to the pools is about 3/4 of the way up to the lighthouse trail. Not too hard to climb down to the tide pools from the over path. But a really nice view from below once you get down there.

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Bob Crank
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Good running trail... nothing too hard or crazy, plenty of options to mix it up every day.

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Erin Schmiedt
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It’s worth the effort scrambling down and up the cliff. Do ensure you have plenty of water and you’ve checked the tide levels before going down there. It can be dangerous and swells can pull you into the ocean.

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Nicole Elizabeth
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w The lighthouse trail was very user friendly and accessible. Plenty of parking. The trail down to the tide pools is a little sketchy and gets hot, but the tide pools were awesome

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SetToRoam .com
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Chelsea McKay
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Great place to visit! 5 star views and experience for very minimal effort (there is a few hundred feet uphill climb but should be easy if you’re in shape). Absolutely beautiful and authentic island experience. Wear a swimsuit so you can take a dip (the pools seemed very safe when we went during mid-tide today). I will be taking anyone who visits me to the tide pools.

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