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 @hoanttien
The Beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools On Oahu, Hawaii
Local Tip: 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 Near the Start of the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
At the right side of the parking lot, you’re going to see a separate trail. That will lead you to Pele’s chair, Alan Davis Beach… and eventually, if you keep heading down the coastal rocks, will lead you to the Makapu’u Tidepools after around 45 minutes.
The only downside to going this way is when the tide’s far out. Which can make it pretty hard to get to the tidepools, as the water can block certain parts of the “hike”/coastal rocks… although, there are some gems along this way that you definitely can’t miss out on!
Either way, you will eventually be greeted by this beauty…
Relax and take in the beauty of Hawaii. Let your worries slip away and relax at ease at the beautiful Makapu’u Tidepools