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Makaha Beach Park

Ancient Hawaiian Surf Grounds

This mile-long, golden-sand beach on Oahu’s western shore was famous in ancient Hawaii as a place where the experts rode the waves—this remains true today during large winter swells. During the summer months when the waves are small, novices also enjoy Makaha’s waves that provide long rides for bodyboarders and surfers.


Makaha is also a famous surfing beach for experts during winter swells and hosts the annual Buffalo’s Longboard Contest. Scuba divers also enjoy Makaha Caverns offshore.

Small, fun waves for experienced surfers at Makaha Beach Park. Video by surfshooterhawaii

Great For

Expert surfing, sunbathing, beach walks, swimming and bodyboarding in summer and when the waves are small.

Need to Know

When the waves are large, often during winter, rip currents and other dangerous conditions occur including a rip current near the center of the beach. Always check with the lifeguards about water conditions.




Restrooms, picnic areas, showers, parking.


Take H-1 to Farrington Highway (Hwy. 93) and follow it to the beach.