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Windward (East) Oahu Beaches

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Some say the Windward side is home to the best beaches in Oahu. Tradewinds keep this coast cool 90 percent of the year. You'll find lush beach areas with great easy surfing, swimming, and windsurfing. However, watch out for Portuguese Man of War that are blown in by the tradewinds, as well as Stinging limu, which is present from June to September on this side of the island. At any beach in Hawaii, obey warning signs, ask lifeguards about ocean conditions, keep your eye on the surf, and if you have any doubt, stay out!
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Bellows Beach Photo Bellows Beach

Known for its soft white sand, clear water, and gentle waves. Afternoon shade, not commonly found on Oahu beaches. Fairly noisy due to being close to the road. Watch for jellyfish warning signs, stay in safe areas.
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Parking
● Camping
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Snorkeling
● Surfing

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Kaaawa Beach Photo Kaaawa Beach Park

Lovely but narrow beach, popular with the locals. Safe swimming all year round. However, dangerous rip at the break in the reef at the south end of the park.
● NO Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Camping
● Swimming
● Snorkeling



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Kahala Beach Photo Kahala Beach (also known as Waialae Beach Park)

One of the most requested beaches for weddings. Great photo opps. View of Koolau Mountains, sandy beach, beautiful grassy area with palm trees. Small peninsula leading to a small tropical island.
● Picnic
● Parking
● No facilities
● Snorkeling




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Kailua Beach Kailua Beach

One of Oahu's nicest beaches. Several islands can be seen from this beach. Great swimming and wind surfing. Occasional high surf. Watch for jellyfish and stinging limu (seaweed), particularly in June-September.

● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Snorkeling
● Surfing
● Wind Surfing
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Kualoa Beach Photo

Kualoa Beach

Mokolii, Chinaman's Hat, a picturesque little island lies 600 yards from shore, within kayaking distance. Long stretch of sand, large grassy area, Koolau Mountains in the background. Great swimming and camping, lots of parking. Observe any warning signs!

● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic / BBQ Grills
● Parking
● Phones
● Camping
● Swimming
● Fishing

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Lanikai Beach Photo Lanikai Beach

Considered one of the best swimming beaches in the state. Extremely scenic with clear water, clean wide beach, palm trees and the twin islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua off shore within kayaking distance.
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities / Amenities



● Swimming
● Snorkeling
● Surfing
● Wind Surfing
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Makapuu Beach Photo Makapuu Beach

Rabbit Island just off shore, making this a great photo opp. Popular beach for bodysurfing. Extreme shore break, strong undertoe, and high surf during winter months. Check with lifeguards regarding ocean conditions before entering the water. Observe all posted warnings.
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Fishing
● Body Surfing
● Body Boarding

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Malaekahana Beach Photo Malaekahana

Goat Island, a bird sanctuary, is located just off shore. At low tide the water is shallow enough to wade out to it. Wear water sneakers to avoid cutting your feet on coral. Please observe the birds from afar and be careful not to step on their nests!
● NO Lifeguard
● NO Facilities



● Swimming
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Body Boarding
● Snorkeling
● Camping
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Pounders Beach Photo Pounders Beach

Named after the pounding shore break providing short but spectacular bodysurfing. West end calm and safe for swimming. Dangerous shorebreak, sudden drop off and strong rip currents at the opposite end, near the limestone cliffs. Particularly busy on weekends and after school,
weekday mornings are the quietest.
● NO Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Swimming
● Body Surfing



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Waimanalo Beach Photo Waimanalo Bay Beach

Gently sloping, sandy beach. Located in the the 75-acre Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area. Surf is usually calm but monitor conditions closely. Watch for stinging jellyfish. Heed all posted warnings.
● Lifeguard
● Restrooms
● Showers
● Picnic
● Parking
● Camping
● Swimming
● Fishing
● Body Boarding
● Body Surfing

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TheBus is a great way to get to Oahu's beaches. Call 808-848-5555, 808-852-6080 (TTY), or visit their website for schedules and information.

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