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    Walk to Makapu'u Point: See Whales!

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 2, 2008

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    View of the Windward Coast from Makapu'u
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    A must-do hike between January and March and a worthwhile jaunt year-round is the hike to the tip of Makapu'u Point on Oahu's extreme southeastern corner. In the winter, you'll see whales whales whales. The last time I went, there was a whale half-a mile off shore breaching continuouslly, flopping on his bacl like a pole vaulter. Another group of people reported seeing a mother teaching her baby how to breach just off shore. But even in the summer, Makapu'u has its attractions, as the end of the trail features a light house and stupendous views of the windward coast all the way up to Kaneohe. If you have time, leave the paved trail and head down to the coast (right after the permanet looking glass. At the shore, you'll find pools of small sea creaturers and, if the surf's high, a blowhole that will cover you in water.
    Makapu'u Trail has a large parking lot at its head and is paved all the way to the overlooks, but it has no shade so bring sunblock. Don't expect rain -- cactus grow along the trail! But do bring binoculars during whale season!

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    The Beach at Bellows Air Force Base

    by AKtravelers Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    The beach at Bellows AFB

    Some of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu are on the windward side and are even on military bases. One of the best is at Bellows Air Force Base, where you'll get the broad, long sandy stretches of sand melding with calm waters. On weekends, there is access to a long public section of the beach, backed with thinned ironwoods that provide shade above the turquoise waters. I hear that access to the beach is closed during the week, but I haven't driven down there on a weekday to check. Bellows beach is adjacent to Waimanalo Beach, which is also just as beautiful but often populated with homeless people, as Waimanalo is one of the least economically advantaged communities on the Windward Side.

    The two islands off to the north are the same Mokoluas that you can see off of Lanikai Beach

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    We traveled the entire perimeter of the island

    by kel_e Written Oct 23, 2007

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    Beauty everywhere you go

    Our tour around the island was very nice and interesting. It's interesting to see how they live on the island... everything from rags to riches. I was really surprised to see how many homeless there are. You see many pushing carts around the Waikiki area, but as you venture out of the touristy area, you will notice tent communities on the beaches. Since noticing how many people make a life out of tarps on their beachfront property, I did a little research and learned that buses actually come to these beaches to pick kids up for school! I think it's great the kids are getting education, but how sad that they live that way! Of course, it could be worse. At least they don't deal with feet of snow during the winter.

    Beyond that, the island has so many amazing beaches and beautiful mountain scenes. It's beyond words, really.

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    Go Snorkeling at Huanauma Bay

    by AKtravelers Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Huanauma Bay is a great snorkeling spot

    Huanauma Bay, east of Honolulu, is the premier snorkeling spot on Oahu. It is a protected volcano-formed bay populated with brightly-colored fish who come for the food and shelter provided by an extensive reef system. Visitors used to be able to feed the fish, which certainly added to the population and maybe still attracts fish with long memories. While feeding is no longer practiced, visitors can still rent snorkeling gear on the spot and jump right in among the beautiful swimmers after viewing a short video on the ecology of the bay. This was the first place I ever snorkeled in my life and still among the best.

    When you're done snorkeling, there's an excellent beach on which you can rest and a path out to a blow hole (the eastern side of the bay). However, this place is popular, so get there early or plan a late afternoon arrival, after the crowds are likely to have dispersed. Don't make plans to go on Tuesday though, as the Bay is closed.

    One concern is the arrival of box jellyfish, which can close the bay to snorkeling. There is a website that posts the probably arrival of the jellyfish, and you might use it to plan your snorkeling trip if you have some flexibility. It is http://www.honolulu.gov/esd/oceansafety/boxjellymainpage.htm

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    Kailua Beach’s Flat Island (Popoia Island)

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 6, 2007
    Kailua Beach���s Flat Island (Popoia Island)

    That island is flat like a cutting board on the middle of the ocean. You cannot see much of it from the beach without binoculars or a photo lens, but you will see the flatness of the island. Many people go on kayaks to the island and explore it with their feet. Some swimmers go to the island by ocean (a quarter of a mile). I believe there are no strong water streams, so it is pretty safe. I watched some of those swimmers. Their swim seemed to be easy.

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    Kailua Beach Park

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 6, 2007

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    One of the most beautiful beaches I saw in my life: white soft sand, greenish-blue water warm and shallow. That special color of the water is possibly because of whiteness of the sand. I didn’t sea such color neither on Waikiki Beach nor along the island. I also liked the closeness to the forest, true pine forest in Hawaii. The trees are so close to the water that they make that wonderful shade that will protect our fair skin from burning sun. Also, I liked the emptiness of the place. There were no so many people and it gives a taste of wilderness to this place. If you drive around the island by car, this is a place to see!.

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    Makapuu beach and light house

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 6, 2007
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    There is a trail to Makapuu lighthose you can hike.

    Although there is a parking lot, it is too small, so if it is good windy weather, the lot will be packed. Also you might come to that beach with a picnic basket, because you will find picnic tables, or flat stones where you can spread your “table”.

    I was very sorry I couldn’t spend more time on those waves with a boogie board, but we had to make long way around the island.

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    Makapu’u Beach

    by OlenaKyiv Written Apr 6, 2007
    Makapuu beach

    I remember this beach for huge waves and large stones of former boiling lava around sandy beach, the light house on the top of the hill and the splashes of water. This beach is really great for taking pictures of water splashes from close
    The long boards are not allowed here, however, this is a mecca for boogie board and body surfing. Makapuu was also the site of the first ever championship body surfing competition that began in 1953.

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    Ko Olina Beach

    by Kaleisu Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    Ko Olina Beach January 2004

    Probably the most clean, well-kept beach on the island. Ko Olina is a relatively new area, so there aren't as many tourists as you would expect at a beautiful beach like this. It faces west and sunsets are amazing. This beach is also fun and very safe to snorkel, but not nearly as clear as the North Shore or Hanauma Bay. Highly recommended for a day of R&R on the beach. Parking is limited, arrive early. Beach access and parking are free - for now. The area is gated - you will have to stop and tell the attendant that you are going to the beach. BYOG (bring your own gear) - no snorkeling rental available.

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    Waimea Bay Beach Surfers Dream Sunbathers Delight

    by thecatsmeow Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    Sunset on Waimea Beach
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    Waimea Bay Beach is one of Oahu's surfing mecca's. I found that hard to believe when we were there as the water seemed so placid. But In the winter monthes the waves can get up to 50 feet and the beach is filled with surfers. Amazing to think as there are a whole lot of rocks and such in the area. Some say it is the brave that venture out others say it is the nutcases. I wish I could have seen them. The beach has many amenities including
    lifeguards, picnic areas, restrooms, inside and outside showers, and payphones. We just flopped onto the sand and waited for the sun to go down. Families were playing and volleyball was going on a bit further down. A very nice beach to pay a visit to. The reef area has some rocks that folk like to jump off of. No thanks! But I guess many do. We found it to be a lovely spot to watch the sunset and the moonrise
    Safety tip.....Do not enter when the swells are large as the water is fast and deadly. There is a strong riptide current running out at the center of the bay. While we did not encounter any rough water all my research has pointed to it. Be smart and play safe!

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    Kualoa a beautiful park

    by thecatsmeow Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    Shoreline Kualoa Regional Park
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    Kualoa Regional Park is located on the Windward coast of Oahu. At the foot of the Koolau Mountains and on the shore of Kaneohe Bay this park is perfect for getting some picture taking in. The small Isle of Mokolii is just offshore. Being a bit windy year round is something to keep in mind. The park has 150 acres and is on the National Regisery of Historic Places. Lots of large grassy areas to have a picnic or just rest on and a long shallow shorline for swimming are also here. Because it is so windy I would bring a kite on my next visit. In the summer there is a lifeguard on duty as well as on weekends. The restrooms leave a bit to be desired but are there if needed. Showers are avaiable also. Be sure to have shoes for going in the water as Portugese Man-of-War (jellyfish) and stinging limu (seaweed) can be found here. From June through September is when they are most likely found but they can appear anytime. Heed all posted warnings! Nice place to relax and enjoy some of natures beauty.

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    Makapu'u Point

    by agapotravel Written Feb 18, 2007

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    We actually stumbled upon this by accident. We saw all of these people parking their cars on the side of the road and walking across the street. We decided to follow. I am so glad we did...the views were incredible!

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    rock jumping on the north shore.

    by forshy1 Updated Nov 1, 2006
    the folks up top the massive rock
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    fairly self explanatory..... jumping off a massive rock into the ocean. i'm not entirely sure of its location..... only that it is on the north shore and that from the road, you'll know when you see it. it may not look so big when you are on the beach but once you are standing on it and ready to jump, it looks much bigger. i did it and you get a massive weggie b/c of the impact. getting to the top wasn't too difficult but some parts of the rock may be slippery so watch yourself.

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    Kailua Beach: America's Best Beach?

    by AKtravelers Written Oct 29, 2006

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    A boogie-boarder walks Kailua Beach

    According to many experts, Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward coast is America's best beach. It is a miles-long crescent of soft white sand running from Lanikai to the Kaneohe Peninsula and yet is much less crowded than the more famous Waikiki (and as long as hotels are prevented from coming to Kailua, it will remain that way). The water is usually calm, as Kailua Bay is protected by a reef and some small, scenic islands. This makes Kailua Beach a popular windsurfing and parasurfing spot. If you take a kayak out to the water, you'll enjoy the beautiful, jagged mountains that backdrop the shore. And, finally, Kailu Beach is dog-friendly -- especially in the hour just before sunset when you can find owners edging the surf with almost every breed imaginable!

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    hanauma bay

    by forshy1 Written Sep 27, 2006

    a wonderful, albeit packed, place to go for some snorkeling. good for a family outing!

    i generally try to take nice, long, deep breaths through my nose so when time came to snorkeling, i had a little bit of trouble adjusting. i literally had to tell myself to breath through my mouth. and then there is the uneasiness of hearing youreslf breath. eventually i overcame all of this. i saw plenty of fish but didn't see the ever elusive sea turtles. there is a spot where they are known to hang out but it is suggested that you be a strong swimmer because you must swim far out and you must also swim against the current.

    some advise: 1) load up on the sunscreen on your back. 2) don't chase the fishies otherwise you'll end up with pictures of their tail end 3) DO NOT stand on the reef. 4) get their early

    TOILET BOWL is another attraction at hanauma bay but i have not experienced it.

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