Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Hikers from near and far have long been called to the Hawaiian Islands in the name of picturesque hiking trails that challenge the body and captivate the mind. With the goal of reaching soaring heights that come complete with breathtaking views, there’s no place on earth that offers up as much diversity and endless thrill. It’s no wonder then that hikers of all ages and abilities jump at the chance to hike through this dynamic island landscape. When you’re visiting Oahu and are looking for a starter trail that delivers big on sights at the top, be sure to add a trek up the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail to your list.

A Trail Made to Thrill

The appeal of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is two-fold. Not only is it a relatively manageable trail when marked by distance, but the summit provides both lighthouse and coastline views. The trail is only 1.5-miles roundtrip and begins on Makapuu Lighthouse Road past Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach. This winding trail makes a gentle ascent up the hill and is popular with tourists and locals for exactly this reason. This is a wonderful destination for those who are looking to get out into scenic Oahu while mixing and mingling with fellow adventurers too. While you won’t be able to access the lighthouse directly, it’s hard to miss as you climb with its stark white fa├žade and red rooftop pointing towards the sky.

The view from the top is the real prize when it comes to hiking Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Those who stop to admire the view will find Makapuu Beach stretching out before them in white-sand wonder. Koko Crater is visible in the distance as well as a line of cliffsides that are both thrilling and fantastic to witness from this vantage point. The trail leading up to the summit and the observation point itself are dotted in a variety of natural cactus and flowers, making a beautiful frame for the majestic creatures you might just have the honor of witnessing below. If you travel the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail between the months of December and May, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to spot humpback whales in the waves below the summit. Between the foliage, marine life and magical views, it’s not hard to see why visitors love to make their way towards Makapuu Lighthouse Trail when they’re in town.

Experience the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

A trip up Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is sure to thrill. Make your trip even more memorable by booking a stay in a beautiful vacation rental with Koko Resorts. Our team is passionate about island life and loves to customize each and every stay to exceed vacation expectations. Contact us today to begin planning your next adventure!

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