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Makapuu Lighthouse Tours

Makapuu Lighthouse
Within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is a popular hike ending at the historical red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse, built in 1909. Though the lighthouse is not open to the public, the moderately challenging hike attracts travelers and locals alike for its stunning coastal views.

The Basics
The scenic Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is entirely paved and stretches for 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). The hike affords views of Makapu’u Beach, Koko Head, and, on clear days, the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. Lucky hikers will also see humpback whales breaching in winter months. There are also several delights along the trail, including military pillboxes and teeming tide pools.

Most travelers hike the trail independently, while many group and private tours of East Oahu and the entire island include stops at the Makapu’u Point Lookout.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Makapu’u Point is ideal for lighthouse enthusiasts and anyone looking for a lovely, low-impact outdoor experience.
  • There is no access to the lighthouse. 
  • Good walking shoes are recommended, as are a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. On cloudy days, tote a rain jacket.
  • The trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though it does have a moderate grade to the lighthouse. The side trail to the tide pools is not accessible.
 
How to Get There
The Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is located on Oahu’s southeastern point, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from downtown Honolulu. If driving, park on the street or in the free Makapu’u Point Lookout parking lot (opens at 7am) at the base of the hike.

When to Get There
The trail is open year-round. Oahu has mild tropical weather but can be wet in winter and quite hot in summer. No matter the time of year, arrive early in the day to avoid crowds and heat.
 
Makapu’u Tide Pools
Once you reach the third rest stop along the lighthouse trail, you can climb down a challenging, rocky trail to the Makapu’u tide pools. Made of black volcanic rock, the pools host sea stars, crabs, fish, and intermittent blowholes. Be advised that this portion of the hike is unpaved and best suited to experienced hikers. There have been serious injuries and deaths at the tide pools—visitors are advised to stay far from the area during high tide.
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Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Explore Hawaii’s island of Oahu by air on this helicopter tour. Fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. On this ride, choose your departure time and whether or not you’d like the helicopter doors on or off.
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Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

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Take the ultimate Circle Island adventure on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Honolulu. Stop at Diamond Head, the world-famous icon of Hawaii; beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine ecosystem; Halona Cove Beach, famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie ‘From Here to Eternity’ and much more. Also, check out one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world, the breathtaking Pali Lookout and the historic Waimea Valley, featuring a botanical garden and waterfall. Lunch and a Honolulu hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

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Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

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Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service

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Spend the morning out in nature as you explore Oahu’s Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. The easy hike is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and takes you to the historic Lighthouse built in 1909. Look out for humpback whales in the winter months, and stop at Halona Blowhole for more views and photos after the hike. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to experience Hawaii’s natural beauty while getting some exercise.
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Breathtaking 8-Hour Circle Island Tour from Honolulu

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Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling Tour

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We invite you to join us for a full-day, action-packed tour that will guide you to the finest sights on Oahu, and leave you in total amazement. Featuring 16 Points of Interest, it is our talented tour guides that will show you the best that Oahu has to offer. Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, Secret Beaches, Coffee & Macadamia Farms, Incredible Views & Photo Opportunities, and Swimming and Snorkeling with Turtles are just a few highlights that you will experience with us! It’s our Tour Guides that will make all the difference in this action-packed day! They will spoil you rotten by telling funny stories, giving their knowledge of Hawaii, singing songs (Kanikapila), and sharing with you the precious culture of Hawaii.This tour will bring you relaxation, excitement, and all the emotions in between.We are ready to show you some major fun and give you the lay of the land. Aloha & E Komo Mai!
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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling with the Turtles

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Grand Circle Island Tour Plus North Shore Snorkeling

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Private South Shore Sunset Photo Tour

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Private Circuit Island Sunrise Photo Tour

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Couples Photo Session

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Family Photo Session

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Bike Tour to Makapu'u Lookout

Bike Tour to Makapu'u Lookout

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East Oahu Shoreline Drive Audio Tour

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Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. This audio tour turns your phone into your tour guide with narration points that play automatically as you drive. Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace.
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Save money and combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. This GPS tour app takes you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as some off-the-beaten-path gems.
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  • 4 days
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