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Snorkeling at Pele’s Chair

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Swim and Snorkel at Pele's Chair

Most folks make the hike to Pele’s chair to jump off the pole, but did you know the snorkeling is excellent? Bring your gear!


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Hike Back from Pele's Chair

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View of trail leading back to parking lot by Pele's Chair near Makapuu, island of Oahu

Nearly all trails will lead you back to the parking lot. Try taking a different path such as one near the beach to explore a different area. Have fun!


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The Beach at Pele's Chair

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Small beach by Pele's Chair near Makapuu, island of Oahu

Although the beach nearby isn’t the greatest, it’s still a fun place to hang out. The water is knee deep which lets you lay on your back and relax. The shallowness and dark colored bottom gives you a bathwater-warm temperature and some tide pools on the side are wonderful for children to explore and play in.


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Jump in the Pool at Pele's Chair

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Child jumping off pole by Pele's chair near Makapuu, island of Oahu

This has to be one of the funnest pools on Oahu. For those young at heart, you can “walk the plank” and jump off the flattened telephone poll that acts as a diving board. The water is relatively shallow and has a sandy bottom that gives the place a tropical turqoise look when the sun is out.

 


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The Chair at Pele's Chair

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Pele's Chair near Makapuu, Island of Oahu

This dramatic rock formation that looks like a chair from some angles is believed by native Hawaiians to be the one of the last places where “Madame Pele”, godess of fire and volcanoes, left Oahu to continue her search for what is now believed to be her home on the Big Island.

This rock grabs your attention from the highway and as you hike towards it, it has a magnetic pull on your attention. I find myself having a difficult time not looking at it constantly. When you get up close, it has an eerie, spiritual feel to it. One time we were there and a woman was mediating on the rock.


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The Hike to Pele's Chair

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View of Pele's Chair trail near Makapuu, island of Oahu

This is such a mild trail, you almost can’t call it a hike. It’s more like a walk on a trail through the grass.


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Explore the Cliffs at Pele's Chair

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Everbody who goes to Pele's Chair has a blast in the pool, but the dramatic cliffs and pounding surf right on the other side is really cool to explore while you're there. Don't miss this wonderful free thing to do on Oahu!

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The Beach at Pele's Chair

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Visting this small, secluded beach feels is a great free thing to do on Oahu.  It feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. Located near Pele's Chair on southeast Oahu near Makapuu Beach.

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The Pool at Pele's Chair

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Here's another free thing to do on Oahu. One of the funnest places to swim, this natural ocean swimming pool on the Southeast tip of Oahu's Kaiwi coast near Makapuu beach is the perfect reward after a short, hot hike.

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Getting started on the hike to Pele's Chair

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This 3 minute video introduces you to a wonderful free thing to do on Oahu: Hike to Pele's Chair and Swim. This is near Makapuu Beach on the Island of Oahu.

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