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Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service

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Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Spend the morning out in nature as you explore Oahu’s Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. The easy hike is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and takes you to the historic Lighthouse built in 1909. Look out for humpback whales in the winter months, and stop at Halona Blowhole for more views and photos after the hike. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to experience Hawaii’s natural beauty while getting some exercise.
  • Explore the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail at your own pace and avoid the crowds
  • See views of Oahu’s windward coast and watch for whales on an easy hike
  • Stop at Halona Blowhole for great views and a photo-op
  • Convenient, round-trip transportation form Waikiki Hotels
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Please contact Kaimana Tours to confirm your hotel pick up, 8082300023, if we won’t pick up there , maybe will be across street or next door.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Drivers and Receptionist MAY speak Portuguese as well.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for children under 3 and people with disabilities
  • We do not recommend this hike for ages older than 65
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Kaimana Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail and Shuttle Service.

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All uphill climb, got my...
, May 2022
All uphill climb, got my legs sore in other ways. Then all downhill. Views are spectacular. Take a hat to cover face from sun.
1 traveller found this review helpful
Great fun
, May 2022
I is beautiful a long walk but we'll worth it. I would definitely do it again. Make sure you take extra water. And take a lot of pictures
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the review!!
A little hike gets reward with nice view
, Apr. 2022
This is my first time going to Makapu’u lighthouse. Our friendly driver picked us up on time and shared some of his knowledge about the area. I would consider the short hike mild(feels like walking on a treadmill with 45 degree angle) compared to the Diamond Head. The view on top is amazing and the breeze up there is one the best I experienced in years. If you’re a photographer, it’s quite a challenge to get a perfect angle of the lighthouse due to limited access but still worth seeing.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for the review!
Nice Mini Hike & Super Views!
, Mar. 2022
Kevin was an amazing driver/tour guide and very knowledgeable! Had the best experience and the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail hike was easy, especially once you get to the top which takes about 30 minutes, was breathtaking! The whole experience from booking to pick up and drop off was seamless. I highly recommend them and would definitely use them again next time in Waikiki!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thank you for the feedback!!
Great time
, Mar. 2022
It was a grea self guide tour with shuttle from my hotel. The tour guide was very prompt to pick me up
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Mahalo! Come again
Makapu's blue blue waters
, Feb. 2022
I enjoyed the paved walk with ocean views everywhere. It was nice to be dropped off, given a certain time and do the walk at my own pace. Skipping parking jams was a plus as well. I'd recommend this hike for many.
Even though we had a...
, Dec. 2021
Even though we had a little hiccup in the beginning of the tour trip, and was unable to complete the rest of our tour. The tour company was amazing and gave us a second chance to see the rest of the tour on another day. We absolutely loved this tour, along with Kevin our tour guide who was awesome!! I will have to say that the steep incline was a little challenging, but well worth capturing some beautiful scenic pictures! I definitely recommend this tour!
Nice view at top, easy hike, beautiful pics of the lighthouse.
, Oct. 2021
All paved, unless you veer off for pics, easy trail, steady incline to the top, well worth the trip, my watch said we hiked 2.5 miles total. The pictures and view at the top all well worth the walk.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Mahalo for the feedback!
Great views
, Sep. 2021
Great weather, helpful driver full of pointers, an easy hike with stunning views. Fully paved trail so easy for people with strollers or those who need to take it slower.
Did the job!
, Jun. 2021
The shuttle picked us up on time. We were given 2 hours to do the hike and enjoy the views. It was very easy and had a great viewpoint at the top. Just a FYI, there are no restrooms at the lighthouse trail or other stops.
Don’t book
, Jun. 2021
This tour was not done because it was overlapped with another and Viator took my money but was not able to contact a person to get this changed. Viator is difficult to contact therefore I lost out on this excursion. I texted the host and they didn’t return my text. Skip this and go on your own which we did with the Shaka Guide. Save your money and the hassle.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Aloha, unfortunately we sent our driver to pick up you, and he wasn't informed that you wouldn't be coming anymore. We wished we knew that beforehand and we could have found a resolution. Our customer service is not responsible to make any refunds or changes on the same day for your tour since Viator collected your money, we apologize for the misunderstanding we are happy that you had a chance to do the hike without us.
, Jun. 2021
The wonderful views on the walk to see the lighthouse. Worth the walk. The paved walkway was a big help.
Space Filling Tour
, May 2021
The tour was nice, relaxing, and worth the $30 cost. However, we will rent a car for part of our next visit to the island. The tour was good enough, our guide ("Cousin" Marc) was great, and quite entertaining. But, this tour would have been better with our on rental car. The time spent at the Lighthouse site was adequate. Though I would have liked a short stop off for a small lunch following the tour because the walk up the mountain left me and my family quite hungry. That being said, you may want to bring something to eat afterwards.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! We are so happy that you had a great time.Aloha!
Too short of time allowed.
, Sep. 2018
We both thought this tour was rushed and way too short. We would not do this tour. We did love the Hike itself and would have loved to have more time to adventure.
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