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Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.

Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.


Property Details

Updated: May 12, 2015
Cottage, Studio + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The front yard is steps away from one of the world’s most beautiful sandy beaches. There is great snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding right in front of the cottage, depending on the swell, of coarse. Surfers can paddle out to the break from the front yard. This is also a perfect place to relax and just enjoy the ocean views. Besides other great views there are SPECTACULAR sunsets just about every evening. There are also early morning “full moon sets”, and occasional rainbows out over the ocean. (Makaha is on the dry side of the island). Watch dolphins, sea turtles and spouting whales from the front yard. This is truly a gorgeous one-of-a kind place!

The cottage is clean with off white tile throughout. There are two queen beds; one in the main studio and another in a screened porch sitting/sleeping room. Visitors can hear the ocean lapping on the sand from both rooms. A bathroom with a shower/bath tub connects the rooms from a patio. The street-side patio is very private and screened in. There are tables and chairs on both patios as well as in the main studio. There is also a gas barbeque on the ocean side patio. Both patios are covered.

The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes and pans. There is a large refrigerator with an ice maker, a two burner gas stove, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee grinder and maker.

Located one hours drive from Honolulu/Waikiki/North Shore, Makaha is close enough for day trips, but far enough away to enjoy a more natural, peaceful and casual Hawaii far away from the typical tourist hustle and bustle.

Makaha is known as the jewel of the Leeward Coast. A visitor can enjoy an authentic island style vacation. Makaha is famous for it’s winter surfing and was home to one of the early big wave surfing contests; the Makaha International Surfing Contest that was started the early 50s. Because of the 'winter' north swell the beach sand shifts dramatically from one end of the beach to the other. During the months of September/October to May /June (this varies depending on the direction of the swell) there is a large sand beach in front of the house. During the summer months visitors have to walk down toward the point several lots for the sand beach.

There are also diving caves, turtles, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets. There is a golf course minutes away as well as the harbor where a visitor can take dolphin and whale watch excursions, and deep sea fishing charters are also available. Centuries ago Makaha Valley was home to a group of Hawaiians (and their ancestors the menehune) who lived solely from farming and fishing. There is a ceremonial lava rock structure (He'iau) that has been restored by the Bishop Museum and is interesting to visit. Other amenities are the majestic Wai'anae Mountains

It is an uncrowded area and usually always has a lovely breeze coming down the valley.

Keywords: Located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches (Makaha Beach), a visitor is able to relax and enjoy ocean sounds, waves and great ocean views. There are amazing sunsets that can be seen from the front patio and lawn as they are steps away from the pristine sandy beach and clear blue ocean. One of the best buys in Hawaii for ocean front stays

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 0 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am a retired high school teacher and textile artist (Hawaiian Wearable Art). My youth was spent surfing at Makaha in the mid-50s. I lived in the cottage for many years and taught at the local high school (Wai'anae). After retiring I dyed and printed silk and had a small workshop and boutique where I made and sold my clothing, sarongs, hats, and other creations. I have since moved to Honolulu where I live and have a mini rescue station and home for homeless cats. A lot of the money I receive for cottage rentals goes to feeding and taking care of cats and dogs in need of food and shelter. I still visit occasionally to swim and garden. The cottage is adjacent/attached to our family home where my sister Gloria lives and is the site manager. She is a quiet solitary person and is centered on the opposite side of the cottage. She will help out in an emergency, but not bother or invade anyone's privacy.

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33 Reviews

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Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu

Waianae beach cottage

  • 5 of 5
Great place for peace and quiet. Wonderful beach and ocean views.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu
Cheney, Wa

Rest, Relax and Renew

  • 4 of 5
This place is not for everyone as previous reviewers have stated. If you are looking for a place where you walk out the sliding doors, cross the small lawn and arrive on basically your own private beach, this is the place. The cottage is cute, clean and comfortable. This side of the island is not the wealthiest and it shows in the homes in the small towns. We shopped at the local market, tried a couple of the local restaurants. All the people were so nice and helpful and the food was great. If you need the 5 star restaurants, fancy shopping places and LOTS of people, don't stay here. If you want peace and quiet, virtually no one else on the beach, this is the place. It's not a far drive into Costco, Target, Safeway. Just be aware of the time of day. There is a problem with the traffic! We got stuck in one traffic jam and watched the entire NCAA Men's basketball game on my smart phone. Luckily we had beverages in our cooler from that days outing!! We enjoyed our stay. It was very relaxing. Just what we wanted for our week in Hawaii to rest, relax and renew.
  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu
Berlin, Germany


  • 5 of 5
Absolut ruhig, mit direktem Meerblick (Sonnenuntergang) und direktem Strandzugang;
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu

Great experience!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here with our two teens (they took over the screened in porch ) and had the best time! The location right on the beach was outstanding. We mixed our time with staying on makaha swimming, laying in the sand, boogie boarding, and snorkling with the sea turtles ( it's a bit of a swim out to the spot, just watch for the boats bringing in the turtle tours and you can figure out where to go) and taking day trips around the island.
We loved the history of the cottage and Gloria and Sean were very friendly and helpful. Vicky was easy to deal with and helped us with any questions or concerns. She directed us to an awesome beginner surfing beach just 10 minutes away where we spent most mornings (army rest camp/pokai bay). Good snorkling there too!
It was the perfect holiday!
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: YES, I think the Makaha cottage is a very special place to spend a vacation-particularly for beach lovers. These visitors hit the nail on the head with their experiences, and it is a little piece of "heaven" with a lot of surfing history.
Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu

Great Beach, decent place, decent location

  • 5 of 5
The best part of this place is that you walk out the sliding glass/screen door, walk across 20 feet of your grass and you're on the beach. It's a very quiet beach - surfing is just 400 yards north at Makaha Beach so most people hang out down there. There are no vendors etc pestering you on the beach either. The waves can be very mellow or up to 10 feet depending on winds and season. Water is clean. Beach sand is very good!
There is very good snorkelling off the beach - there are a few boats that take tourists from the marina to a reef in the direct vicinity.
The cottage is a cottage. There is wifi, a futon bed, a normal bed, fridge, indoor gas camp grill, outdoor bbq, microwave, small coffee maker and pots/pans/dishes. Lots of reading material and local music. Place includes its own bathroom and shower.
The owner's sister and grown nephew live next door in the attached main house - but they are helpful and mind their business when not approached.
There is a carport with room for one car. You'll need to rent a car as Makaha isn't close to much.
This side of the island is the poorest area and reminds me of mexico a bit but feels safe enough and we were never bothered by anyone.
You'll need to drive to any trendy foodfare, but there is a decent grocery store/liquor store/market/drug store within 10 minute drive and a couple local eateries which we didn't try out.
The place is about an hour from Waikiki, 30 mins from the Disney resort at KoOlena.
You CAN'T drive directly to the North shore along the northwest coast...there used to be a road there, but now there isn't. You have to go inland and up. It's only 25 minutes or so but we had visions of being closer which is why I'm including it in my review.
If you want a beach that is basically your own private beach where you don't feel like you have to hide your cell phone in your beach, then this is the spot. We fell asleep listening to the sound of the waves but the road noise is also there to compete a little bit.
There is a small patio just out the door that has some xmas lights for ambience where we would drink wine and listen to the waves. You can't REALLY see the beach from here due to the privacy hedge. We just moved the chairs 30 ft down to the beach if needed.
There are towels, a couple of boogie boards, snorkels, beach toys etc supplied. Ice cube trays in the freezer.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Charming Beach Front Cottage Located on Makaha Surfing Beach.
-808 754-6210
Makaha Oahu

perfect private beach cottage

  • 5 of 5
The Cottage was everything we wanted. Peaceful, away from crowds, the beach is amazing . The cottage itself had all amenitys needed, including beach gear of all sorts. hosts were wonderful. we would definately return again.
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

My mother bought this property in 1956. She went out to Makaha to surf and visit a friend who she met surfing at Waikiki. There was a for sale sign on the property nexr door. She took one look at the ocean and another look at the valley and said, 'this has to be mine.' She lived a wonderful long life there until her 99th year. She spent the last part of her life writing Haiku Poetry and can be seen on UTube-Betty Winstedt.

Activity and Interests

Surfing, boogie boarding, stand up paddling, kayaking, shelling, beach walking, tide pool and natural rock pool at opposite end of beach, close by weekly farmers market. Visit restored ancient Hawaiian he'iau (ceremonial monument)


From $145 Per night

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  • Cleaning Fee $100.00
  • Tax Rate 14.0%

The rate is $145. for one or two guests per night. Additional guests and/or children please contract owner for rate

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From the Owner

Staying on this property epitomizes a Hawaiian vacation that experiences natural beauty at it's finest: the ocean, surf, mountains, palm trees, clear clean balmy air and temperatures. Not a fancy place, but very comfortable.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Sleeping Porch
  • Queen size Beds (1)


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Surfing, Swimming, boogie boarding, snorkling, tide pools, kayaking, beach walking, shelling, hiking, wild life viewing (sea turtles, dolphins, season whale watching), hiking, 5 minutes from golf, deep sea fishing, shoreline fishing, 20 minutes from a water theme park, resort, theater, fine and casual dinning. Beautiful Waianae Mountin and Makaha Valley views.

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