The pristine beaches of the Hawaiian islands are one of the many appealing features of the state. Oahu boasts 112 miles of beautiful coastline locations, which also have spectacular tropical vegetation and a wide variety of amenities. However, some may be more inclined to prefer the calm beaches in Oahu away from the hassle of noisy crowds. The island has those destinations too.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana is situated between Honolulu and Waikiki. The location is favored by locals and lesser known by visitors, which makes it ideal for anyone wanting to avoid crowds. The manmade destination offers half a mile of sandy beach along with tropical vegetation. An outer reef keeps the water calm and so is wonderful for swimmers of all ages. Along with swimming, paddle boarding is also popular here.
The waterfront location also has a 30-acre park and is located approximately 30 minutes away from Honolulu. Amenities include picnic areas, public restrooms, volleyball courts and plenty of concession stands. The beachfront is popular for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing and diving. Guests also have the chance to rent kayaks here and tour nearby islands. Venture here during the week and you will find nary a soul.
Kahana Bay Beach Park
The amazing scenery found at Kahana Bay includes Kamani trees, rugged cliffs and unique black and white sand. The water tends to be murky and shallow, which is fine for wading but not so much for swimming. The remote location is void of restrooms, concessions or lifeguards. Guests need to bring their own food and beverages along with other beach accessories. As such, Kahana Bay Beach is never crowded. Fishing, kayaking, picnicking and hiking are popular activities here.
Makaha Beach Park
Makaha Beach is found on Oahu’s western coast and is favored for surfing, swimming and body boarding. However, swimming is only recommended during the summer when rip currents are less frequent. The central region is considered the safest. Lifeguards monitor the location day and night and signs provide daily water conditions. Shaded areas are scant, so visitors commonly bring umbrellas to offer protection from the scorching summer sun. Weekdays are the time to visit when wanting to avoid crowds. Makaha amenities include restrooms and showers.
The scenic beach is located on Malakanhana Bay on the island’s northwestern coast. The stunning white sandy beach extends for an entire mile and is popular for hiking, sunbathing and playing ball games. The location is teeming with marine life and so great for snorkeling. The beach is never crowded. But, there are no lifeguards. Summer is the best time to visit as the currents are calmer. However, many venture to nearby Moku’auia. There, the crystal-clear water tends to be shallower and safer. Visitors also have the chance to see green turtles.
Pokai Bay is one of the most secluded beaches on Oahu and is found along the western coast. The location is nestled within a reef, which makes the water calm and ideal for youngsters and snorkelers. In winter, when the big waves and rip currents threaten the safety of many of the island’s beaches, Pokai remains calm. The waterfront is also favored by locals for enjoying family picnics. Other recreation opportunities found here include visiting the ancient Ku’ilioloa Heiau temple on Kane’ilio Point.
The golden landscape of Sandy Beach extends for 1,200 and lies along the southeastern coast. Although there are lifeguards on duty, large waves and strong currents plague the area year-round, which prevents swimming. As such, the spot is popular for body boarding and surfing. The few that visit enjoy the site for strolling along the beach, flying kites and watching the surfers while sunbathing.