I’ve been trying to come up with a witty intro line, but seriously how do you compete with a name as cool as Mermaid Caves?!? These caves are among the most mystical and unique formations on the island of O’ahu. Whether you are looking for a fun adventure or another picture perfect beach day, the Mermaid Caves definitely belong on your to do list.
Getting To The Mermaid Caves
The Mermaid Caves are located in Nanakuli Beach Park on the Waianae Coast of O’ahu. When you arrive it looks like just another beach, but don’t let that discourage you from venturing on. Once you walk passed the bathrooms, stay on the grass and head over to the left.
The closer to the water you get, you will start to see the rock formation you will walk on. There is a path in the rock for a very short distance. When the path ends you just have to wing it and walk along in whatever way is the most comfortable for you and the kids.
What To Bring
The most important thing to bring to explore this beach is some good closed toed shoes. I know it sounds weird to say pack closed toed shoes for the beach, but trust me it will come in handy. I have walked on the rock in flops while baby wearing a few times and it’s not impossible, but it’s definitely not comfortable.
Since this is a sunny spot, sunscreen and water will be beneficial to have. If you plan on making an all day beach adventure of this, bring bathing suits, towels, and all of the other essential beach gear. Last, but not least, bring a fully charged camera because you are going to take a ton of photos.
What To Look Out For
First and foremost, be on the lookout for the drop off’s that lead to the ocean. They are scattered in no particular order throughout various points in the rock. Be sure to keep a close eye on young adventurers so they don’t get hurt. Our favorite thing to do at each drop off is search for mermaids. We have yet to find one, but my daughter is still hopeful.
When we’re done searching for mermaids, our second favorite part of this beach is the tide pools. Much like the drop off’s, they are scattered around with no rhyme or reason. The pools are home to all kinds of interesting wild life. Between crabs and fish, your kids will have a blast trying to find different types of marine life.
Before you turn back, I would highly recommend trekking to the end of the rock. It is a haven to tons and tons of coral. Sometimes we’ll go straight down there to play around and see how many words we can spell. This is just one more extremely unique feature of this beach that is entertaining for both adults and kids.
Going In The Mermaid Caves
There is a safe(r) entrance to go down into the Mermaid Caves if you are feeling extra adventurous. About halfway through the rock, where the majority of the drop off’s are located, head to the left toward the brush and houses. The very last hole is the easiest to climb down into. It can be a little challenging getting in and out so take your time.
I’m going to throw in a few disclaimers here. If you can’t see the coral at the bottom and it is only water, please don’t try to be a hero and hop in there. Water at high tide is very powerful and unpredictable. I’m not trying to have anyone get hurt on their vacation because I said it’s possible to climb down there. Also, do not let your kids go in alone. Even if the water seems calm there is still potential for a larger swell to come through.
What Do You Think?
Do the Mermaid Caves sound like something you want to see on your trip to O’ahu?! Be sure to drop and comment below and let me know if you wind up going. If you have been here before, I would love to hear about your experiences and see any cool pictures you took.
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