Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo Beach featuring a sandy beach, a sunset and landscape views
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Ride the waves on a bodyboard and sunbathe on the sand at one of Oahu's most popular beaches, known for its starring roles in two top television shows.

Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and stroll on one of the longest uninterrupted sandy beaches on Oahu. Waimanalo Beach is a 5-mile (8-kilometer) expanse bordering calm, clear waters and flanked by ironwood trees. The beach has at least two claims to fame as a regular location for the television shows Magnum P.I. and Baywatch Hawaii.

Waimanalo enjoys a reputation as a good bodyboarding beach because the waves are not too high and they break close to the shore. To ride the crests and curves you’ll need to bring a bodyboard with you to as there are no equipment rentals on the beach.

Waimanalo Beach is popular with young families because the sand slopes gently into the ocean. When you’ve splashed in the surf and strolled by the water’s edge take some time out for a picnic. If the sun is too hot, go to one of the shaded picnic areas under the tree canopies.

This long stretch of shoreline is part of the Waimanalo Beach Park, a 75-acre (30-hectare) recreational area. Spend a night under the stars in one of the park’s designated campsites. For more details, including how to purchase a camping permit and to reserve your spot, visit the official website of the city and county of Honolulu.

During the summer, the beach occasionally attracts Portuguese man o' war, stinging marine creatures similar to jellyfish. Keep a lookout for signs that warn bathers not to go into the water.

Waimanalo Beach is situated on the east shore of Oahu, 26 kilometers (16 miles) from Honolulu. Three bus routes pass by the beach and for drivers there’s free parking in the beach park.

Lifeguards are on duty until the late afternoon and the facilities include showers and restrooms at the southern and northern ends of the beach. Waimanalo Beach Park doesn’t have any food concession stands so bring your own snacks and refreshments.

Top Hotels Close to Waimanalo Beach

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96816
The price is $595 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"The property looks tired, it was not maintained as before, especially the rooms , it makes me sad because we’ve seen it when it was Mandarin Oriental as time goes by we have seen the changes and the things that sets the hotel apart from other hotels are gone,other than its location"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Newly Renovated and Listed 3 Bedroom 2 bathroom Home
Newly Renovated and Listed 3 Bedroom 2 bathroom Home
Honolulu, HI
Stay at this golf vacation home in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Lanikai Beach and Waimanalo Beach are located ...
Newly Renovated and Listed 3 Bedroom 2 bathroom Home
Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway Bed & Breakfast
Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
1369 Mokolea Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734
Stay at this 3-star beach guesthouse in Kailua. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (21 reviews)
"The Hideaway was secluded and safe. The beach was a short walk away and it was tucked in the side of a mountain. I felt welcomed."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway Bed & Breakfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger
OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger
3 out of 5
150 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $176 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger
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Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway Bed & Breakfast
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3 out of 5
1369 Mokolea Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734
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The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96816
The price is $595 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $275 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $299 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $274 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
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Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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4 out of 5
2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $319 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 4
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Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The price is $199 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
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