The town of Makaha is located along Oahu’s western coastline about 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Honolulu. Makaha is a relatively small town, mostly residential, with just a small commercial area including a supermarket and some convenience stores and restaurants.
Makaha is about five square miles in size and home to about 8,000 people. The primary attraction of Makaha is the scenic shoreline including the renowned Makaha Beach which is well-known among surfers for its legendary winter waves.
At the Makaha Resort & Golf Club you can enjoy the par-73, 18-hole championship golf course set at the base of the scenic Waianae Mountains. Named Oahu’s best course by Honolulu Magazine, the course place to 7,077 yards. There is also a clubhouse, pro shop, and driving range.
Numerous surfing competitions take place at Makaha Beach each year as well as bodyboarding, standup paddleboarding, and other watersports. When the surf is not too big this wide, sandy beach provides fun for all skill levels.
Swimming and sunbathing are best near the center of the beach where the seafloor is sandy. When the surf is large during the winter months the Makaha Bowl’s giant waves are ridden by some of the world’s best surfers. Offshore is the popular scuba diving location called Makaha Caverns known for its many ledges, arches and underwater caves.
From Makaha you can also take a drive out to Kaena Point which is the westernmost spot on Oahu. For shopping and dining visit the nearby town of Waianae. Makaha is about a one hour drive from Honolulu.