Makapu'u Tide Pools

MODERATE 27 reviews

Makapu'u Tide Pools is a 3.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.1 km Elevation Gain: 137 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

partially paved

views

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

I wasn’t able to complete this trail as I had a bad knee. It’s pretty steep and rocky so be careful with your footing. We went a little less than halfway down the cliff before turning around and coming back up but the view was still beautiful. Next time I hope to have better shoes and knees so I can go all the way down and take a dip in the pools.

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1 month ago

Nice

2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes + you get to lounge in a 6' deep pool when you arrive. It's an exhilarating hike.

hiking
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

2 months ago

my favorite off the beaten path hike.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Slow and steady while going down this 45 degree angle cliff side. Beautiful views and the tide pools and blow holes are worth it. The pools have fish and crabs and you can easily swim around. Very rocky and loose rocks. Hike with caution.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s only easy up to the whale watch lookout where you start your scramble down to the tide pools. The scramble isn’t easy, the rocks are all loose and it’s quite steep. Wear tennis shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring water and water shoes would be helpful so you don’t hurt your feet climbing in and out of the tide pools. Check the surf report before going and watch the waves. The blowholes at the tide pools were cool too. Their are still faint arrows pointing the route back up the side.

5 months ago

This is only an easy hike up the paved path. Beyond that, it’s a steep climb down/up from the tidepools with slippery/loose rock along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike is short but tough. I wore flip flops which was a big mistake. Once at the bottom the pools are amazing and the blowholes are really cool. Getting down is much more difficult than getting back up. I'm surprised this is rated as easy. It's short but very steep in spots.

hiking
5 months ago

I found the trip down the cliff face pretty harrowing! Coming back up was a bit easier but am still a little sore 2 days later. Cool and rewarding walk/climb if you feel up for it or if you’re not a wimp like me.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked down from the Makapuu trail. Amazing views

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful tide pools. Easy to get too.

hiking
rocky
scramble
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fun trip with homeschoolers. Lots to explore!

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