Waves can come crashing in so be award of conditions before going into the ocean. ©Celso Kuwajima
Mākaha is found at the western tip of the Waianae Coast and is best known for its rolling winter surf. But in the summer, sea turtles, parrot fish, wrasses and other marine life are easily visible in the crystal clear blue waters. Although not on everyone’s itinerary of places to visit during their stay here, just 40 miles away from Honolulu, it is one of the most beautiful and underrated beaches of the island. Mākaha Beach State Park, a popular weekend playground for locals, offers a wide range of water activities and ample sunbathing opportunities. Local surfers and body boarders flock to these waters for the challenging conditions during the winter months. In the summer, the pristine turquoise water is ideal for snorkeling and wading.