Beaches / Coastlines, Oahu
On the left of the parking lot is the Halona Blowhole. When the waves and tide are right, water is forced through a lava tube and shoots up and out the hole. One never knows when that will happen. Do NOT climb over the walls. People have died doing that when a rogue wave came in.
As we drove around Oahu, there were many places to stop and gaze at beauty all around. There were big, people filled beaches, and some secluded, hard to reach spots.
The more popular spots have parking lots so you can pull your vehicle off the traffic infested road.
If you are looking to get some snorkeling done while on Oahu, everyone will tell you to go to Hanuama Bay. Its not the only great place to snorkel, but if you dont have your own snorkel gear, and you have never snorkled before, this is a great place to start.
Hanauma Bay is a nature researve park and is protectd by Hawaii. The cove is beautiful with all the different colors in the water because of the different drop offs.
Admission is 5 dollars for non-residents of Hawaii, and free if u live in Hawaii. You can rent all your snorkling needs on the beach, and there is a information booth for any questions you may have before entering in the water.
Please if u choose to visit Hanauma Bay, do not stand on the reef. This kills the reef since it is living, and some times unables it to re-grow again. Its just so fustrating when u see this since there are signs everywhere warning you not to stand on the reef, and not to mention a video you watch before you are aloud to enter the park, that tells you about it as well.
PARK HOURS: : Winter - 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer - 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CLOSED TUESDAYS.
Sunset Beach might be the perfect place to capture the sun descending at the end of the day, however, we were walking its shoreline mid-day, where we found calm waves, a beach with a few palm trees and no crowds.
Our grandson used the time to do a little exploring, while we breathed in its beauty. During winter months this beach and others at the North Shore host a large number of surfers. The waves are mighty huge during this time of the year. This day, you would never know it.
Always one to be on the lookout for shells, I found none here. In fact, I only found a few tiny shells, bits of seaglass and small black chunks of lava at one of Waikiki's beaches--which I returned to the sea before departing the island*.
*A legend says that Pele, the goddess of fire, brings a curse upon anyone who leaves these lovely islands with lava in their pockets. Supposedly, some tourists have done so, regretted their impulse and returned the lava asap! Hmmmm...
imagine a hard days work... you and your loved one want to take a swim just to wash off the swaet and dust... you drive along the North Shore in search of a private spot for you two.... and you spo a beach, a pearol in South Pacific where you park, take a swim in the warm waters, (do a little khm khm) and watch the sunset together... later on a beer and a nice dinner and what more would a girl want?
This is an excellent site for a first time snorkeller! Although the reefs themselves are not of the most interesting variety, they are very close to shore and the marine life around them are plentiful and very colorful
Sure, it's touristy. Sure it's crowded. Sure, it's overbuilt. But how can you beat taking a swim with Diamond Head looming in the distance. The water is calm, safe and blue. The people are from everywhere on earth, but there's a smattering of local surfer dudes whose conversation is fun to eavesdrop on. And, if you ever get thirsty, you can join Moe for a Mai Tai at the Royal Hawaiian (see my nightlife tip) or Duke's.
By the way, this photo of Diamond Head was taken in January (the Waikiki wet season), while the one on the Oahu intro page was taken in September, accounting for the difference in verdure.
There are three different beaches in Waikiki that create a looong beach more than 3 kilometers. Gray’s beach, Central Waikiki beach and Kuhio beach try to fit the thousands of tourists that come -non stop- from their hotels to swim, surf or just for sunbath. This isn’t the perfect beach but it is nice enough with not much of waves comparing to north shore. The water temperature seemed good and there are a lot of facilities like lifeguards, showers (the water is too salty), restrooms, picnic tables etc
Waikiki beach is also a nice place to learn surf but watch out the safety of other people around you. Most of the people prefer body boarders though. There many companies around there that rent surfboards, water bikes etc
Some tourists book a room at one of the hotels that face the beach and stay in that are all the days! Of course, there are many cafes and restaurants along the beach too so for them there’s no need to walk further than a few meters. So, even if you can’t get excited with this famous resort area (we didn’t) just take your beach mat and relax but don’t stop under the sun for too long because instead of a great tan you may turned into a pink creature :)
We spend only some moments here every day (early in the morning it is still quiet enough to enjoy it) but for us it was also very funny looking the desperate attempts of people trying to balance their bodies over the surf board. During sunset it was also nice with many people walk to hit the nightlife. If you are one of these people that get bored in beach and want some history you can see some statues here and there like the statue of Duke Kahanamoku(1890-1968), the father of modern surfing and the most famous local athlete! Another statue is the one of Prince Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (1871-1922) that participated in 1895 in a rebellion against the Republic of Hawaii’i, he failed, captured and got into prison for a year. Later he toured around the world, from Europe to Africa and finally to USA where he got elected for the congress. I guess he would have nice tips/pics from all this trips :)
On the east side of Oahu, is the isolated town of Hawaii Kai. Its name basically meaning "Small home by the sea".
Within this small stretch of coastline, you can find one of Oahu's most beautiful scenic drives along Kalanianaole Highway. The drive will take you past National State Park and Reserve,Hanauma Bay. Where you can find some of the best snorkling on the island. Shadowing over Hanauma Bay is Koko Head Crater, One of three volcanos on the island.
Continueing on you drive along towering cliffs droping to the sea, with views of the islands, Molokai, Maui, and Lanai on Clear days. Soon you come to Halona Blowhole, a popular island attraction. Looking down from Halona point, you overlook Sandy beach. A favorite beach to the locals, known for its back breaking shore breaks.
Pass Sandy beach, you will find Makapuu Point, and up top, Makapuu Light house. A great hike, with great views of the eastern and Windward side of the island. Makapuu point over looks Makapuu beach, another favorite beach of locals, and the gateway into the town of Waimanalo.
This is the infamous beach in the movie From Here to Eternity. The locals just call it Cockroach Cove. You can hike down and swim here, but it is not very safe as there are numerous currents waiting to drag you out to sea. There are no facilities and no shade. However, we have seen huge green sea turtles swimming close to shore here.
Use the same parking lot as for the Halona Blowhole
One of the best snorkeling spots on the island, but everyone knows it. Get there early when marine life is more active or be prepared to wait in line for the educational video about the reef (park opens at 6am - closed on Tuesdays). Cost is now $5 to get into the park. Talk to to the people at the Info booth and ask about currents, best marine life spotting in the bay. You can swim through "The Slot" to get to outer reefs, but only if you're a great swimmer. Bring your underwater camera. Bring your own fins and snorkel to avoid rental fees, deposit, and wait to rent and return gear. Bring $1 if want to ride the tram back up (the Bay is in a volcanic crater) and you will be tired after snorkeling.
Fish come right up to you, you will see several schools of fish on the east side of the bay. Several people just come to lay in the sun, so even on a crowded beach day, they're aren't too many people in the water. We spotted a whale just outside the Bay during our visit.
Please feel free to tell fellow tourists to not stand on the rocks (they probably weren't paying attention to the video) as it kills the coral reef (which makes me mad).
For more info: http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/hanauma_bay_beach.html
Hit the Halona Blowhole on your way back - it's just a little further up 72.
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.
It was nearing the end of the day when we dropped by Kailua Beach. This pretty beach is about 2 1/2 miles long, with several small islands visible from its shores.
Kite surfers dominated the seascape as we watched the light fade (pic #2). The wind was really carrying them across the waves fast! Family members delighted in their efforts as they greeted them back on land.
We walked a short distance up, then down the beach; listening to the calming waves as we talked about our day. Across the street, the lights from Buzz's Steakhouse alerted us that dinner was only a hop, skip and a jump away.
Our guidebook warned of the presence of Portuguese Man-o-Wars (during May-October) sometimes, so be on the alert.
I was lucky to have the chance to be near the filming site and mingle around there because I didint know what the whole thing was about! Than after almost a year my friend told me about the SERIES LOST and I immediately recognized that thats where I was!!!! Check out the beach and you can almost see the debree in the distance! I wont tell you which beach this was ;))))))))
The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each person possesses a shocking secret, but they've got nothing on the island itself, which harbors a monsterous "security system," a series of underground bunkers and a group of violent survivalists hidden in the shadows.
Matthew Fox as Jack
Ian Somerhalder as Boone
Terry O'Quinn as Locke
Evangeline Lilly as Kate
Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko
Dominic Monaghan as Charlie
Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros as LIbby
Jorge Garcia as Hurley
Kailua Town is very peaceful although it has about 40,000 inhabitants. The word Kailua means two waters probably because of the two lagoons in the area. We walked along Kailua road just to see the local single family houses (pic 1). Just before Kailua Beach Park is a place where you can rent your surf boards and other gear or take surfing lessons. You can also rent a bike.
We visited Kailua beach (pic 2) because it has some great rates/reviews. We liked the sandy beach a lot but the wind was helpful only for those who like surf and other wind based activities (pic 3). The sandy beach is about 3 km long and the beach park has many facilities (picnic areas, lifeguard, phones, restrooms, showers) but we didn’t managed to swim especially when we saw the signs about the numerous portuguese man of war, which is a dangerous jellyfish that may cause death. In that case it’s better to enjoy the perfect sand and enjoy the sun.
On our way back we stopped at Kalapawai Market (306 S.Kalaheo Ave) to eat something, they have some nice pies (we tried the spinach pie for $3) and many differents salads ($8) among other things like cold and hot sandwiches, pizza ($11) etc. This market is there since 1932, its a normal market that also has some foods to go or to try if you sit there at the backyard.