Tucked away near Oahu’s northwestern tip is the sunny seaside town of Makaha. This is the last of the island’s leeward towns before Farrington Highway ends at Ka’ena Point State Park, where the mountains and seaside cliffs become too rugged to be crossed by vehicle. Tucked away at the base of Mount Ka’ala, part of the Wai’anae Mountain Range, this area is home to beautiful beaches that have been frequented by Native Hawaiians for hundreds of years. Get away from the urban areas of Honolulu and Waikiki for an oceanside getaway in sunny Makaha in the best Makaha rentals!
Features of Our Makaha Rentals
Makaha’s location nestled between Mount Ka’ala and the vast Pacific means that many of our Makaha vacation rentals offer either stunning mountain or ocean views from the comfort of your private getaway. From 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom units perfect for a romantic escape to 3 or 4 bedroom private estates ideally situated for families or small groups, our Makaha vacation rentals suit a variety of travelers.
Several options are available for our Makaha vacation rentals, including luxurious condominiums and secluded private homes. You will find some of our Makaha vacation rentals situated right along West Oahu’s uncrowded, powdery white sand beaches. With ocean access right in your yard, your island getaway doesn’t get any better than this! Spend your days participating in one of the many water activities popular on the island, lounge in the shade of a swaying coconut tree, or take advantage of the some of the amenities available at your Makaha vacation rental. Some of our rentals include perks such as salt water swimming pools, BBQ grills, and hot tubs right onsite.
Activities Near Makaha
There are a number of local amenities near our Makaha rentals for night activities and excursions. When you’re ready to get out and explore, head north to the picturesque Yokohama Bay, also known as Keawaula Beach, where silky golden sand, clear blue water, and a dramatic mountain backdrop await. This long stretch of beach is unlike many of Oahu’s other beaches, which can be great for people watching but not for a day of peaceful relaxation. At Yokohama Bay, the crowds are thinned, life feels simple, and a long walk along the shore with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Waianae Mountain Range are great for clearing the mind and experiencing the natural beauty of Hawaii. Bring along a shade umbrella and a picnic lunch, as amenities here are limited. While summers can see calm, flat waters, this beach is often more suited for lounging along the shoreline rather than swimming, especially during winter months which can see larger swells. Yokohama Bay is a rare stretch of undeveloped coastline along Oahu’s beautiful western coastline that shouldn’t be missed and is easily accessible from your Makaha vacation rental!
Those up for something a little more adrenaline inducing may want to venture down the Kaena Point Trail, located near Yokohama Bay. With a distance of 2.5 miles in each direction, you are sure to work up a sweat climbing the switchbacks along the rugged coast. However, the vistas are well worth each step. Views down the coastline and across the Pacific provide plenty to feast your eyes on as you walk. Crescent shaped coves, tidepools, interesting rock formations, and glimpses of sea life can be seen throughout the hike. During winter, this is a great location to spot whales cruising along offshore! Although the full five miles will require some real time and effort, it’s also possible to just hike as long as you’d like along the trail and turn back whenever you feel you’ve soaked up enough of the views. A refreshing dip in the water at Yokohama Bay awaits at your return!
While many visitors to Oahu fail to see these beautiful natural attractions because of their secluded locations, the drive back to our Makaha vacation rentals will take just 15 minutes. Unlike the city driving around much of the rest of the island, this scenic stretch of road runs right along the undeveloped coastline, ending your day with continued epic views as you retreat back to your Makaha vacation rental.
While there are many options for both exploring and relaxing along Oahu’s leeward coast, a longer stay on the island will permit for further exploration. Oahu has much to offer in the way of natural attractions as well as shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities!
Along the island’s opposite shoreline lie Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach, both offering unbelievably crystal-clear turquoise waters. Ironwood and palm trees line the soft white sand of Kailua Beach, offering afternoon shade perfect for a picnic along the shoreline. If you’ve been dreaming of surfing the waves like an islander, Kailua Beach may be the ideal place to begin, as the waves here are often gentle enough to suit beginners. At Kailua Beach you can find action and adrenaline in kite surfing as well as quality family time in gentle waters. Especially along the south end of the beach, the waters here are ideally suited for families traveling with keiki.
If you want to explore away from the shore, Popoi’a Island, also known as Flat Island, is located about a quarter of a mile from shore and is a popular kayaking destination. As a seabird sanctuary, there is plenty of wildlife to spot from Flat Island in addition to the tropical fish and sea turtles that can be discovered by snorkeling. Lanikai Beach is located just southeast of Kailua Beach, and offers yet another pristine swath of aquamarine water curled up against soft white sand. With pure island colors, Lanikai Beach provides the perfect backdrop for some family photos. Lanikai has all the beauty of Kailua without the amenities (even lacking public parking) so beachgoers can often find a more tranquil experience if they manage to complete the journey to Lanikai.
Travelers looking for more than just a beach vacation will enjoy the many historic attractions that are present on Oahu. Places such as Pearl Harbor National Memorial can be exciting excursions for the whole family. Visit the Pearl Harbor museum, watch an informational movie, and embark on a brief boat ride to the Arizona Memorial, where captivating facts and personal stories will bring history alive for the whole family.
Whether you want to spend your days exploring the entire island or simply put your feet up and relax on a couple of select pristine beaches, our Makaha vacation rentals provide comfortable accommodations for your island stay.
In addition, there are a number of local amenities near our Makaha rentals for night activities and excursions. Check out our oceanfront weekly and monthly Makaha vacation rentals on the island of Oahu today! Search your travel dates to see availability and easily book online or contact our team to reserve your stay.
At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our Makaha rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at [email protected] to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!