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OUTSTANDING Main Floor Condo - STEP onto the BEACH!!

Bedrooms 1
Space 510 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property


WELCOME to the Makaha Beach Cabanas located on the northwest shores of Oahu! Our condo is on the Main Floor. No need to even use an elevator - step off our Lanai directly on the Beach! It really doesn't get better than this!

Far from the hustle and bustle, we're in the countryside where you can still experience Hawaii the way it should be--unspoiled and uncrowded.

But close enough to indulge your tastes in Chinatown, surf on the North Shore or swing in Waikiki when the desire strikes!

Watch spectacular sunsets, see the dolphins, sea turtles and even whales during the annual migration--all from the comfort of your OCEANFRONT & MAIN FLOOR CONDO.

We have an AWESOME beach, the best on Oahu--swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf, golf nearby at two top-quality courses & BBQ facilities on site.

Local eateries are close by & upscale shopping/dining is about 20 minutes away.

Who can resist the sound of the surf lulling you to sleep? Our beach is rated one of the Best in Oahu!

This amazing first floor condo is literally on the virtually private Beach and sleeps 4 comfortably w/a Comfy Queen Bed, Convertible Sofabed & Fully Equipped Kitchen.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Janis

We live in Michigan and have been coming to Hawaii for years.

Currently, we are both retired but because our grandchildren live in Michigan, we can't live here full-time...or we would! We can only come for about 6 weeks in the winter and so decided to share our Fabulous Condo with others.

Janis purchased this condo in 2012

Why Janis chose Mākaha

We have been to all the islands numerous times & have stayed in wonderful hotels & time shares. Once we found the Cabanas we knew we had found the Best of the Best! We didn't have to leave in order to do all the activities we love: snorkel, dive, whale watch, beach walking and on & on!

Being in a local area, allows us to skip the crowds unless we want to take the 45 min. drive to see the sights in Waikiki, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor or the North Shore. It's great to be close enough to get to the fine restaurants, shopping & visit the famous attractions and then come back to peace & quiet!

What makes this condo unique

The absolute best part is being on the main floor & just walking out on the virtually private beach. Clean water, trade winds, lapping surf - all in your front 'yard'. It really doesn't get any better than this!


Makaha is today very much the way it was 100 years ago - before 'civilization' came along and covered Hawaii with 30-story buildings and freeways everywhere. You are totally surrounded by natural beauty at its finest everywhere you look.

Your can enjoy scenic driving, our condo is a 15-minute ride beyond where the freeway ends….you’ll marvel at the lush coastline and fantastic beaches as you ride along. There are mountains to hike, valleys to explore, two local golf courses and every water sport you can imagine. It's the perfect spot for those who would like a rest from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Enjoy the ocean right outside your door. Swim, Snorkel, Scuba, Boogie Board - or take a stroll and enjoy the ancient ruins a short distance from our beach. Surf world famous Makaha Beach, site of international surfing competitions.

Swim and play near the Dolphins in the ocean – it’s a fantastic experience!

Enjoy Whale Watching

[seasonal – November through March]

Fishing/Ocean Kayaking/Boogie Boarding/Surfing/Snorkeling will make this vacation unforgettable!

Golf at the nearby Makaha Golf & Country Club – a 5-minute drive

Historical and Cultural Sites - One of Oahu's oldest Hawaiian heiau (temple) is located here.

Discover secluded beaches along the coast line. Pokai Bay is a favorite and gentle swimming perfect place for keiki [kiddies] and the whole family. Try a delicious “plate lunch” just down the street.

Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor Memorial are less than an hour away.


Mākaha Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 510 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen Bed in Master, 1 Futon - child size, 1 Queen size Sofa Bed in Living Room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We have sand chairs, cooler, umbrella, fins, boogie boards + many other amenities!


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(45 traveler reviews)

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OUTSTANDING Main Floor Condo - STEP onto the BEACH!!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 45 reviews

Fantastic 2 Month Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We planned our visit to Janis' main floor condo 16 months in advance, in anticipation of our retirement after 50 years of working. All was exactly as advertised and had everything we needed to set up house keeping for 2 months from Dec 8th till Feb 8th. Loved being on ground floor and able to step directly onto the beach from the lanai. Beach umbrella, chairs, boogie boards, snorkel gear all provided for spending many days on the beach when we weren't exploring the islands. Almost like a private beach and never over crowded, met many very nice local residents and tourists alike strolling in the sand while enjoying the waves coming ashore (some days very big and other days not so much). Sound of waves was also great to go to sleep by. The guest book provided was very informative with a lot of useful info for places to visit in surrounding area. Besides all the major sites on Oahu, we especially enjoyed parking near end of island and walking to the bird sanctuary at the point, a short few minutes drive from condo. Besides albatross we also saw seals resting on shore there, very exciting! The sunsets are fantastic and the conch players each evening made them extra special. This was our first visit to Hawaii and we are happy we found Makaha Beach Cabanas!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo! Mahalo! It brings me great joy that you enjoyed your stay with us! We are thrilled when others enjoy our home & this corner of Paradise. I hope you stay with us again - anytime! J
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Quiet and on the Beach

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed this condo. It had everything you needed and the bed was very comfortable. It did not have air conditioning and I was very hesitant, but with the tradewinds you did not need it. It was about a 45 minute trip from the airport but we liked it because a lot less people. It is right on the beach and the crashing of waves at night was amazing. I would give it 5 stars but the only downside for us was the locals put up a tent several night in front of our Lanai because they camp and fish all night. They were very quiet but we didn't like to sit out on the Lanai with them right there before bed and when we woke up in the morning. But it is a great find for the money.

Loni and Tony

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sooo glad that you had a wonderful time staying with us! I agree that it can be disconcerting to people unfamiliar w/Hawaiian culture to find locals camping on the beach. Hawaii, like most other states, says that the ocean or waterways should be accessible to all. To that end, the area from the water up to a certain number of feet, is considered public domain. Oddly, in order to camp overnight, there has to be at least one fishing line in the water. This even applies to resorts and ocean front homes. Fortunately, from my experience, the local campers have always been friendly, clean up their mess & are respectful of our residents. Usually, this happens on holidays, but not always. Thank you for mentioning this, because it gave me the opportunity to explain how this can happen - anywhere! It's easy for me to forget how strange this can feel, because I'm so used to it. Mahalo, Janis
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Very disapointed!!!

  • 1 of 5

What a nightmare!! We had booked this condo almost a year before we went, It was supposed to be a wonderful and RELAXING holiday for a whole month! A celebration for our 35th wedding anniversary. Imagine our disgust and complete disappointment when we arrived close to midnight after a long day of a two separate flights, we opened the door to a PIG STY! Honestly it was horrible. (I have photos and videos for proof). There was NO way we could stay with the garbage, filth, unmade bed, dishes, food in the fridge, black hairs all over the toilet, it was really very, VERY gross. I am a Realtor and have been in the profession for 25 years, I know what is acceptable and this clearly was not even close.

I did get a hold of Janis and after sending her some photos for proof, her solution was to suggest we pull out the couch and sleep there. REALLY? We couldn't even use the bathroom as it was disgusting! So off we went to find a Hotel which if you do not know the area, there really are not any! We finally did arrive at one at 2:30 am and after paying a couple hundred dollars for a few hours sleep (I have the receipt) we finally got to bed.

Janis promised the Housekeeper would be done by noon the next day. So now with our next day ruined by waiting for the housekeepers to finish (It was early afternoon) we drove around with our luggage and groceries from Costco for quite a few hours. We did arrive back to a clean condo and it did then look similar to the photos posted, (except the housekeeper took most of the towels and we were left with TWO towels for a week before they were returned) Another feature Janis neglects to mention is the horrible smell in the condo, I haven't yet figured where it was coming from and what exactly it is. Also for your enjoyment, there is a yappy small dog in the condo upstairs who loves to bark each time you step out onto the lanai. Not exactly the relaxing vacation!!

Over the next few days we had frustration after frustration, no internet code for our iPad/phones, then the fridge breaks down with a fridge FULL of food, the solution offered by the owner was not satisfactory at all.

After getting to know the locals I guess our experience is NOT the first experience like this for this condo. I love the beach and the people, We would come back to the cabanas but NOT to this one, I am not sure how this unit has a 5 star rating!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sadly, it was true that the condo had not been cleaned. Our housekeepers mixed up the dates & thought this guest was arriving the next day. The degree of uncleanliness is irrelevant, because the fact remains that it was not ready for this guest. I had allowed an after hours check-in to accommodate their arrival, thereby making it almost impossible to rectify anything at 1:30 a.m. To say I was horrified & appalled is an understatement. Finding a hotel on the west side of Oahu, in the middle of the night, is very difficult. I suggested, to just get through the night, they sleep on the sofa bed with clean bedding. When it became apparent that would be unacceptable, I said I would refund the cleaning fee for the entire month of $175 + the night’s rental, which more than paid for their hotel. The guest failed to mention this refund. The housekeeper arrived at 8:00am & cleaned the condo. I know personally that there was an entire set of towels for 2 people, plus beach towels and brand new floor mats. Because the condo hadn’t been cleaned, all the towels hadn’t been washed & returned. A full 6 person supply was returned 4 days later. Then, on top of this, the refrigerator breaks & I discovered it was not repairable & had to be replaced. I had a brand, new refrigerator delivered the next day & the old one removed + sent over a cooler & ice. This was nearly a super-human feat, if anyone reading this has ever tried to get next day appliance delivery & pickup from a Home Depot. The guest expected a full refund of all her food. This was a problem that could not have possibly been foreseen, like a power outage. I did refund a portion, but not to her satisfaction. I cannot address any odor as NO ONE has ever complained of this before & the internet code is in large print in the Guest Book. As any traveler knows, occasionally there will be issues. How you know if you have good service, is if there is an immediate response by management. I took full responsibility & responded/fixed/repaired everything in as timely manner as humanly possible. I bent over backwards to make things right & refunded her money for the issues. This guest stayed a month & everything was resolved within the first days. There have been assorted other problems over the years & usually people who travel know occasionally ‘things happen’, and judge us by our immediate response and attentiveness. I take great pride in our 5* reviews and there are 43 other excellent reviews to consider.
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Great condo

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful beach. Very nice place to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The beach is unreal!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here from Aug 24-Sept 4 2016.

The view was unbelievable! The pictures don't lie, and the sunset every night was glorious.

We explored the entire island and loved every minute of it. But our favorite place was the beach in front of the cabanas. Even on a "busy" weekend there was maybe 30 people there.

Everyone we met coming and going was very friendly and helpful.

The condo itself was nice and clean, there was everything we could have possibly needed there. Keeping the windows open in the evening cooled the place right off, and while we were there it was in the mid 80's to low 90's. The cabanas have a gated entry and the apartments them selves have another keyed entry, we felt totally safe and comfortable here.

The town of Makaha itself was a total let down, but we didn't care. We liked exploring all over the island. There were no good restaurants close by, only fast food chains (we tried #1 Chinese, foul is the only word to describe it). We found the grocery stores to not be very friendly or cost effective. We decided that we were willing to make the drive to Costco and the stores a bit further down the road. That was fine by us, we could stock up on some supplies and just chill on the beach.

Janis was very friendly and answered all my questions quickly!

We would totally stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! I wish I had known you were having difficulty finding good places to eat. I would have guided you to our Guest Book, where I've listed the 'hidden gems' to eat. There are quite a few, but they are certainly not obvious. One of the best is the local organic farm & café, where you can buy local foods and eat lunch or dinner in their cafe. Their food is all organic, grown on the farm or locally & prepared fresh daily. It is wonderful! There are too many others to list, but every Saturday there is a Farmer's Market to buy local supplies to prepare in the condo + there is a wonderful selection of food vendors to buy lunch or take-out. Also in the Guest Book, I recommend the local grocery that is MUCH less expensive than the chains. Plus, the fishermen sell their fish there in the morning & you can buy some of the freshest fish ever. I eat sooo much ahi when I'm there! It is true that Makaha is small, but if you know where to look, you can find a lot. I hope you have the opportunity to return & give Makaha another go!
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a 10 day stay in this condo and it was amazing, like a dream come true! The condo had so many extras that we didn't need to buy hardly anything extra when we got there. It was so wonderful to walk out our bedroom and watch sea turtles playing in the surf, or the waves rolling in each day, and the sunset each night from our personal lanai! There is a (we think) unique set of natives that live close who give people watching a fun touch! We really enjoyed watching and listening to the group blow their conk shell blessing at sunset nightly on our beach. There was never a moment when we felt unsafe and slept with the windows and door open nightly. We took walks on the beach and went over to the cliff edge and watched the spray blow up as well. There were families there our age and we were so glad we decided to stay here instead of the much busier beaches & traffic of Honolulu! This was absolutely the perfect spot for us and we hated to leave!

The people of Hawaii are a gracious, spiritual and very family oriented people and we can't wait to visit again! I miss it already!

Janis - the book in the room was so helpful. We went to the Army beach right down the street in Waianae to snorkel one day and it was so calm and nice, I was so glad you mention it in the notes! We also ate locally several times and it was always great! We sat outside on the lanai daily and it was so calming even on the days when the surf was strong. The fans in the room were perfect with the windows and glass door open at night for us. Janis and everyone there were so nice and welcoming.

The Island is amazingly beautiful and pictures don't do it justice. Each area has it's own natural beauty to it and we explored each with our rental car and some hiking. There was so much to do and we tried to do it all and then took time to recoup as well with a glass of wine afterwards on the Lanai. Thank you for sharing your home with us. I wish I was back right now!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Lisa! Your pleasure & delight at sharing our little corner of Paradise is what I live for as an owner! We love it there soooo much & are thrilled that we can share it with people like you! Mahalo & come back soon!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 14.95%

$125 - 200.00 Cleaning Fee depending on length of stay & number of people
Non-refundable $59.00 Vacation Rental Insurance or $1000.00 refundable security deposit

Multiple month rentals: please contact owner directly


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.