There is a trail to Makapuu lighthose you can hike.
Although there is a parking lot, it is too small, so if it is good windy weather, the lot will be packed. Also you might come to that beach with a picnic basket, because you will find picnic tables, or flat stones where you can spread your “table”.
I was very sorry I couldn’t spend more time on those waves with a boogie board, but we had to make long way around the island.
I remember this beach for huge waves and large stones of former boiling lava around sandy beach, the light house on the top of the hill and the splashes of water. This beach is really great for taking pictures of water splashes from close
The long boards are not allowed here, however, this is a mecca for boogie board and body surfing. Makapuu was also the site of the first ever championship body surfing competition that began in 1953.
Probably the most clean, well-kept beach on the island. Ko Olina is a relatively new area, so there aren't as many tourists as you would expect at a beautiful beach like this. It faces west and sunsets are amazing. This beach is also fun and very safe to snorkel, but not nearly as clear as the North Shore or Hanauma Bay. Highly recommended for a day of R&R on the beach. Parking is limited, arrive early. Beach access and parking are free - for now. The area is gated - you will have to stop and tell the attendant that you are going to the beach. BYOG (bring your own gear) - no snorkeling rental available.
Waimea Bay Beach is one of Oahu's surfing mecca's. I found that hard to believe when we were there as the water seemed so placid. But In the winter monthes the waves can get up to 50 feet and the beach is filled with surfers. Amazing to think as there are a whole lot of rocks and such in the area. Some say it is the brave that venture out others say it is the nutcases. I wish I could have seen them. The beach has many amenities including
lifeguards, picnic areas, restrooms, inside and outside showers, and payphones. We just flopped onto the sand and waited for the sun to go down. Families were playing and volleyball was going on a bit further down. A very nice beach to pay a visit to. The reef area has some rocks that folk like to jump off of. No thanks! But I guess many do. We found it to be a lovely spot to watch the sunset and the moonrise
Safety tip.....Do not enter when the swells are large as the water is fast and deadly. There is a strong riptide current running out at the center of the bay. While we did not encounter any rough water all my research has pointed to it. Be smart and play safe!
Kualoa Regional Park is located on the Windward coast of Oahu. At the foot of the Koolau Mountains and on the shore of Kaneohe Bay this park is perfect for getting some picture taking in. The small Isle of Mokolii is just offshore. Being a bit windy year round is something to keep in mind. The park has 150 acres and is on the National Regisery of Historic Places. Lots of large grassy areas to have a picnic or just rest on and a long shallow shorline for swimming are also here. Because it is so windy I would bring a kite on my next visit. In the summer there is a lifeguard on duty as well as on weekends. The restrooms leave a bit to be desired but are there if needed. Showers are avaiable also. Be sure to have shoes for going in the water as Portugese Man-of-War (jellyfish) and stinging limu (seaweed) can be found here. From June through September is when they are most likely found but they can appear anytime. Heed all posted warnings! Nice place to relax and enjoy some of natures beauty.
fairly self explanatory..... jumping off a massive rock into the ocean. i'm not entirely sure of its location..... only that it is on the north shore and that from the road, you'll know when you see it. it may not look so big when you are on the beach but once you are standing on it and ready to jump, it looks much bigger. i did it and you get a massive weggie b/c of the impact. getting to the top wasn't too difficult but some parts of the rock may be slippery so watch yourself.
According to many experts, Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward coast is America's best beach. It is a miles-long crescent of soft white sand running from Lanikai to the Kaneohe Peninsula and yet is much less crowded than the more famous Waikiki (and as long as hotels are prevented from coming to Kailua, it will remain that way). The water is usually calm, as Kailua Bay is protected by a reef and some small, scenic islands. This makes Kailua Beach a popular windsurfing and parasurfing spot. If you take a kayak out to the water, you'll enjoy the beautiful, jagged mountains that backdrop the shore. And, finally, Kailu Beach is dog-friendly -- especially in the hour just before sunset when you can find owners edging the surf with almost every breed imaginable!
I heard this was a great snorkeling spot, and since I fell for the underworld in Puerto Rico I was searching for a re-visit. Hanauma I heard alot about and the mystique of scrimmaging around the crater of a volcano underwater is an experience that can't be matched. The was once a volcano in the round until the outside sea-facing wall collapsed and water rushed in preserving an underworld paradise and adding protection from the wild pacific. Fishies flourish here and once below the surface donned in snorkel gear you will see a world alive.
I kept diving deep to see a perspective from the bottom. I would weave through the coral outcrops and hide out trying to hold that breath as long as possible. One time I spotted Yuki on the surface trying to take photographs. I than saw a man trailing her with an underwater camera trying to get JO fodder for lonely nights. To his surprise I jetted from the bottom and gave him a stunning push from below. I must of scared the doo-doo into his swimming trunks, because I know if something from between the coral came dashing at me I would tarnish these under-garments. He than quickly turned my way underwater to see the mass that just hit him and there I was waving my index finger like an upside down pendulum, No, No little diver, you best not be making my girl into a sea-animal.
You will spend 6 dollars on the Snorkeling set.
This was our introduction to life in Hawai'i. Roomie Jackie claimed this beach as one of her favorites. Behind a resort complex were three shallow circular lagoons that were blocked off from the tumultuos Pacific Ocean by large boulders. Engineered to be filtered by the ocean through openings in the wall the water was calm, clear and warm. We brought along blow up rafts to just pass-out on to rid ourselves of the long-flight muscles. Relaxation starts. There are parking lots that fill up early here so you can than wait for a parking spot or use the marinas parking for $3.00 an hour.
This location is a great place to see the giant sea turtles. It is a very nice cove with good snorkeling during the summer months.
The green sea turtle, called Honu in Hawaiian, is featured in mythology, petroglyphs and as aumakua (personal family gods and guardians). The most common sea turtle in Hawaiian waters, the can frequently be seen feeding in shallow waters in coastal shallow waters on Oahu. It takes this turtle almost two decades to reach an adult breeding size of 200 pounds or more. Living up to eighty years they can reach up to 350 pounds.
Once, there were tens of millions of green sea turtles around the world. Now there may be fewer than 200,000 mature females. In Hawaiian waters, the green sea turtle is making a comeback from its threatened status. Due to their size and swiftness in the water, they have only two predators, sharks and people. Human impact includes exploitation, poaching, subsistence hunting, incidental catch, marine debris and habitat destruction.
If you get the chance to swim with the turtles, don't feed or disturb them. I found they are naturally curious animal and like to swim with you. I had the chance to see 4 or 5 very large turtles in turtle bay, and they just drift by, occasionally coming up for some air. They are amazing creatures.
This location is really some of the best snorkeling on the island. The reef is in good condition and you will see many amazing fish. There is always the chance to see a shark, but generally it is safe. The cove is surrounded by a lava bed and the currents are not too strong in the summer. It is however not safe any other time when the waves become very large. You can take a tour or rent a car and drive. It is a bit of a drive from Waikiki, but it is a nice drive through some traditional Hawaiian towns.
Semicircular Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu's windward coast, is a spectacular tropical paradise that sports a half-mile of perfect white-sand beach backed by exotic palm trees.
Once a favorite fishing spot for Hawaiian royalty, this extinct volcanic crater is frequented by spotted eagle rays, turtles and more than 450 colorful, tropical fish and numerous sea turtles, eels, octopus, crabs, lobsters and Hawaii marine life.
Some of the more popular fish include the milletseed butterfly fish, yellow tangs, trumpet fish, Moorish idols, puffer fish, parrot fish, surgeon fish, angel fish and the Hawaii State Fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
It is an educational experience and is safe for all ages. Compared to other snorkeling spots on the island, you can't top the beauty of the beaches but the reef is not in very good condition. I saw some interesting fish and sea life, but the reef has been damaged and there were not as many fish as I expected. If you go early in the morning you may see some sea turtles.
Cost of entrance is $5 Renting snorkeling gear depends on what you get. But it is reasonable.
Catching the bus back to the top is $1. And believe me you will want to. The hill is very steep after a long day of snorkeling.
This is another fascinating free attraction along the beach coast. This is a natural
blowhole" formed in the lava rocks. Unfortunately, it is not always spouting, so if you really really want to see it, be sure to stop by each time you pass the area until you see a good spout. During whale season, you can also see a few whales out in the horizon.
Sandy Beach, also know as Sandy Bxxch, is one of my all time favorites and is located on Oahu's south shore. The drive to Sandy Beach from Waikiki is particularly breathtaking for the mile before reaching the area. While I love this beach, only very strong and experienced swimmers should dare enter the water. The lack of reef allows very large waves to break right on shore. If you do not time getting into the water correctly you will be pummeled by the strong shore break and may get caught up in the undertow. There have been many injuries, broken necks and some deaths due to the strong surf. However, for good swimmers the body surfing is amazing. The experienced locals make it look easy so be cautious! For those caught up in the current expect to have lots of sand in every part of your body.
This private beach looked absolutely amazing!! It is open for public access everyday BUT tuesday and there is a small charge for entrance. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to go because we didn't realise it existed till the day we took a tour of the island...which did not include entrance to the beach. :(
It looked well amazing though, as you can see in the picture!!!!! And standing where we were, we were able to see the entire bay, the beautiful water, and on top of that we could see some sea life, I saw a turtle!!!
Hanuama Bay is most famous for snorkelling as it is considered a national reserve which means that the aquatic animals swim freely!! Apparently though, the wear and tear of people is ruining the coral...even so, I feel like I am an environmentalist BUT if i had another chance I would spend the whooooole day here!!