Waimanalo Beach, located on Oahu’s southeast shore next to Waimanalo Beach Park, has been voted by many as one of the “Best Beaches in the US” with miles of powdery white coral sand and pristine turquoise waters. This beach is a popular destination for those looking to retreat to the countryside for a much less crowded beach experience.

Highlights

  • Waimanalo Beach Park is backed by a number of ironwood trees to provide ample shade.
  • With almost three miles of uninterrupted beach with soft white sand, this is the perfect spot for a lengthy walk on the beach.
  • Depending on the season, there are gentle waves that are great for body surfing.
  • Lots of picnic tables are available for an all-day BBQ or get-together.

History

Waimanalo means “water that is safe to drink” in Hawaiian, and was given the name for the many brackish ponds found nearby. Recent archaeological excavations have discovered that Waimanalo could be one of the first locations on Oahu explored by ancient Polynesians. There has even been a prehistoric village found at the nearby Bellows Airforce Base.

Tips when Visiting Waimanalo Beach

  • Arrive early to secure a parking spot as parking is limited, especially on weekends and school holidays.
  • There are a number of picnic tables that are great for BBQs or to enjoy takeout meals.
  • While the water is normally very calm, be sure to observe any warning signs or speak with the lifeguard before entering the ocean.
  • There are public restrooms and showers available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Waimanalo is normally very calm with a light current that makes it a great beach for swimming.

No, there are no vendors located at Waimanalo Beach, and you will need to bring your own umbrellas and chairs.

No. there are no restaurants or food vendors at Waimanalo. You can stop ahead of time at Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai to pick up food and beverages before heading to Waimanalo Beach Park.

You can also stop at the nearby Bellows Airforce Base Marketplace for delicious food and handmade local crafts.

No, you cannot drink alcohol at any beach on Oahu.

How to Get to Waimanalo Beach

The easiest way to get to Waimanalo Beach is by car. Located on Kalanianaole Highway, it is approximately 45 minutes away from Waikiki, and an hour away from Ko Olina.

You can also go to Waimanalo on the Honolulu City Bus from Waikiki. The trip will require a bus transfer, and you should get a Holo Card before going on the bus. It will take approximately an one hour and 45 minutes to get to Waimanalo Beach by bus.