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Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

This two-hour guided hike brings you the best of Oahu: stunning views of the Pacific, the shoreline, and nearby islands; a stop at a historic landmark; and the chance to see some of the Hawaiian Islands’ natural energy venting in the form of a massive blowhole. And keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales in the distance…this tour has it all!
  • Adult gate price $22.77
  • Child gate price $18.58
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  • Reservation required

Take some time to appreciate the maritime history of the Hawaiian Islands, and visit one of Oahu’s most iconic landmarks. Makapuu Lighthouse has over 100 years of history within its walls, and has guided countless ships to safety. Hike the windward side of Oahu via a beautiful 2-mile paved trail, and take in the entire coastline before reaching your fascinating destination on this guided tour.

This moderately-difficult 2-mile hike is paved, but be ready to traverse some fairly steep terrain. Comfortable walking shoes are definitely recommended, as is sunscreen, water, and a bathroom break before you hit the trail. There are no restroom facilities along the trail. Those who enjoy a challenge will recognize this unique opportunity this hike presents to see Oahu from a completely unique vantage point atop a mountain. Don’t let the incline scare you! This hike will give you access to sweeping views of the Pacific, Koko Head, Koko Crater, and the entire southern coastline of Oahu.

Along the Makapuu Point Trail, your tour guide will lead you to the Halona Blow Hole for a 15 minute stop during which you will marvel at a natural, and breathtaking, sea show. When wind and tide conditions are right, this blow hole shoots water up to 20 feet in the air. Between December and April, you may also see the migratory Humpback whales at this point! Continuing on your tour, you will head for the Makapuu Lighthouse. Here is a quick overview of this interesting landmark:

  • The Makapuu Point Lighthouse is a 46-foot tall active U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse that is over 100 years old.
  • The lighthouse, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in the aftermath of an accident in which the steamship Manchuria ran aground in the early hours of August 20, 1906 in the reefs of Waimanalo.
  • The lighthouse was switched from manual function to automatic in 1974. The keeper’s residence was largely demolished in 1987, but some sections of the home remain.
  • The lighthouse stands at the southeastern most point of Oahu, and has historically been important for traffic from the American west to Honolulu.

Enjoy a breath of fresh air as you hike to this interesting piece of history on Oahu. Bring your camera, and don’t forget to look out the two smaller islands that can clearly be seen from the lighthouse—Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island. With this excursion, you’ll combine a great workout, with a learning experience, and see some of the most stunning sights on the island.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Amazing Views!!! Great Hike!!!
By MarcolaMahalo Verified Reviewer from CT on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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We did the "Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail Hike" with Kaimana Tours using our Go Oahu Cards, and I must say we had an amazing time. We were picked up within 5 minutes of the designated meeting time. Our guy was super friendly, knowledgeable and quite patient with our large group. He offered to take photos of us, explained to us interesting facts involving history and pointed outstanding views along the way. He even offered us all cold water bottles. The lighthouse is beautiful and the views were unforgettable. The trail in general is paved and fairly easy compared to Diamond Head and Koko Head trail. I would recommend to wear comfortable sneakers and proper clothes, bring a hat, a camera and sunscreen, also get hydrated. I would definitely recommend this hike and "Kaimana Tours" services. Mahalo for the blessed time we had and hopefully We'll see you guys again soon!

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Sweet Hike
By Jerry from Los Angeles, CA on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations :

Makapu'u Hike was honestly so beautiful, the transportation there was great too, very nice and communicative drivers who inform us many extraordinary things about Hawaii. I honestly had a blast would recommend to anyone.

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makapuu hike by kaimana tours
By llcarinell Verified Reviewer from new york, ny on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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My husband and i just came back from our first hawaiian trip, we were reffered b a friend of ours t Kaimana tours, and it was the best thing they could have done. We went on the Makapu hike and it was the highlight of our trip. They picked us up at hour hotel at the time booked(, i loved that they were punctual) our driver was very friendly and gave us a lot of information about the hike trail. It was amazing. When our trip was done he drove us back to the hotel for us to enjoy the rest of our day! My husband and i was so glad we booked this adventure and we would definitely recommend to others.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Great Hike
By Nick Verified Reviewer from Califonia on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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I had really fun doing the Makapu'u Hike with Kaimana Tours.I had a great view and I saw many interesting things for example, I saw a whale while I was hiking.After I finished the hike the driver took me to Hanauma Bay because I requested to take the combo and I saw many wonderful things there(I would reccomend you to rent a dry snorkel).

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Makapuu Lighthouse Hike details

Website: Kaimana Tours
Phone: 808-392-2223
Address
Various Waikiki Hotel pick ups, call for information.
Honolulu, HI 96825
Hours
Pick up in Waikiki 7:00 am return 9:45 am
Pick up in Waikiki 9:00 am return 11:45 am
Closings
New Year's Day
Christmas Day
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • No restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations required

Directions and transportation

Address
Various Waikiki Hotel pick ups, call for information.
Honolulu, HI 96825
Public Transportation
Shuttle Service included
Driving Directions
Shuttle Service included

Admission and Offer Information

Reservation required

Reservations are required. Call Kaimana Tours on (808) 392-2223 to reserve your hike and schedule pick-up.

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