Best Beaches In East Oahu

Oahu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here are a few of my favorites beaches on East Oahu.

Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Kai

Love to snorkel? Put this beach on your bucket list. I can guarantee you’ll swim with all types of fish in every size here. Why? Hanauma Bay is actually a Hawaii State Park and protected by the marine life conservation. Which means, it’s basically a huge fish sanctuary to swim in!

Fun fact: Hawaii’s state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. You’ll notice these colorful fish all over Hanauma Bay.

Sandy Beach, Hawaii Kai

Just around the corner from Hanauma Bay is Sandys. Unlike Hanauma Bay, Sandys shorebreak is actually one of the most dangerous shorebreaks in the world. It is NOT a place for snorkeling and definitely not a place for those unfamiliar with ocean water. Don’t let the experienced, veteran body surfers fool you. Although they make it look fun and easy out on the waves, they’ve spent years perfecting their skill.

Grab a poke bowl from one of my favorite poke restaurants, Onos (right around the corner), pack a cooler and some beach chairs, have a seat in the sand, and watch the pros surf the waves.

Pele’s Chair (Alan Davis)

A bit of a hike and off the beaten track, you’ll find an amazing little swimming hole. This spot does not come with much sand but does offer a relatively secluded area to take a swim. While you’re there, look for Pele’s “chair” in the lava rock formation.

Makapuu & Baby Makapuu

One of my favorite beaches! My family and I spend a lot of time here. It’s perfect for kids of all ages. The tide pools make for perfect salt-water “pools” for the keiki to waddle in. During the wintertime, there’s a great surf-break for surfers of all levels.

Waimanalo Beach

Voted one of the best beaches in the US. This beach is picture perfect. Crystal clear, blue water. White sandy beach and the Koolau Mountain Range as a backdrop. No wonder it was voted #1. One disclaimer, Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish often frequent this beach. Why? These jellyfish can’t swim, and due to the location of this beach, the wind will push these little guys onto shore. So beware of the pretty blue things that look like sea glass along the shoreline.

Want to Learn More?

If you can’t tell, I love the beach, and I love Oahu. I was born and raised on this majestic island. I love to share all the beauties of this place. Curious to learn more about my home? Planning on a move to Oahu (or just visiting), PCSing here? Feel free to contact me!

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