Best For: All who enjoy secret hikes and local treasures
Distance: Less then a mile
One of the most popular trails for locals, and now a site to visit for tourists, the Makapu’u tide pools offers some nice views of the eastern shore. It is important to note that the path going down is very steep so those going for the first time should proceed slowly and with caution. Once you complete the trek down to the tide pools, you will have a direct view of the Makapu’u Lighthouse to the left. On one side you can view the waves crashing against the rocky cliffs, while you wade in the crystal clear pools accompanied by tiny little fishes, and hermit crabs. A great place to relax in a serene and peaceful setting of this side of the island, Makapu’u tide pools is a must see for those who want to enjoy a nice stretch of the rugged coastline without the massive swarms of people.
Best time to go: Year around. However, avoid going during the high tide.
Insider Tips: Once you arrive, you will notice near the two blowholes known as the “Dragon’s Breath” mounds of white sea salt sprinkled around the jagged lava rocks. If you bring a small jar, you can collect some natural sea salt for you culinary delights or have it saved as a keepsake. Also, if you come during the winter months, you have a good chance of seeing Humpback Whales blowing and breaching.