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Waimanalo Beach

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.

Popular Activities at Waimanalo Beach

Ensure you have lots of time at Waimanalo Beach. Here are the most popular things to do:

Want to discover this famous attraction in the best possible way? Then you can't go past a 1HR Private Kids Surf Lessons (KoOlina/Kapolei).

For even more activities, examine our Waimanalo things to do page.


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All the Toys: Kayaks, Surf&boogie Boards, Snorkeling, Chairs, Cooler & More
Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018
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All the Toys: Kayaks, Surf&boogie Boards, Snorkeling, Chairs, Cooler & More

All the Toys: Kayaks, Surf&boogie Boards, Snorkeling, Chairs, Cooler & More

Waimanalo, HI
     
    5.0 of 5
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    Boogie boards, kayaks, sand shoes, beach chairs! All you’ll need. Steps away from the ocean. Fall asleep at night to the sounds of the crashing waves. Wake up in the morning to stunning views of the sunrise. Beach is NOT overcrowded unlike most of the beaches at the hotels in Waikiki. Thanks for ...

    Family Beachfront Estate 3-5 br, 2-4 ba, Sleeps 10-15!
    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
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    Family Beachfront Estate 3-5 br, 2-4 ba, Sleeps 10-15!

    Family Beachfront Estate 3-5 br, 2-4 ba, Sleeps 10-15!

    Waimanalo, HI
       
      4.8 of 5
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      I can’t say enough about this property, I had my family of 15 here for 8 Days and with both houses there was plenty of room . The beach is beautiful and right out your back yard, It felt like your own private beach . The owner Janet is wonderful and helped with anything that we needed . We will be ...

      Spectacular Beach Home/sleeps10/heated Pool/outside Covered Entertainment/a/c
      Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019
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      Spectacular Beach Home/sleeps10/heated Pool/outside Covered Entertainment/a/c

      Spectacular Beach Home/sleeps10/heated Pool/outside Covered Entertainment/a/c

      Waimanalo, HI
         
        4.8 of 5
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        We couldn't have asked for a better vacation home for our family of 9 on our recent 10 day visit to Oahu. With an age range of 2-78, one could imagine there would be challenges in housing such a varied group. However, this property exceeded all expectations and fit our needs perfectly. From the spacious ...

        We Just Extended our low Season Rates Through May 31st; Book Now!
        Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018
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        We Just Extended our low Season Rates Through May 31st; Book Now!

        We Just Extended our low Season Rates Through May 31st; Book Now!

        Waimanalo, HI
           
          4.8 of 5
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          One of the few houses with everything we needed in the kitchen for cooking. On Check-in and Check-out , Diane who manages the property was incredibly helpful. Again, one of my best experience in using HomeAway.

          NEW Rental Right Across the Street From Waimanalo/bellows, Sleeps 10
          Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018
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          NEW Rental Right Across the Street From Waimanalo/bellows, Sleeps 10

          NEW Rental Right Across the Street From Waimanalo/bellows, Sleeps 10

          Waimanalo, HI
             
            3.0 of 5
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            I spent four days and nights at this rental property and have a mixture of reflections. As indicated in the title, the property was clean, comfortable and close to the beach, which are all a definite plus. As a solo traveler, this property was probably too big for my needs and would better suit a ...

            2+ Bedroom House- Only 2 Houses From Waimanalo Beach!
            Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
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            2+ Bedroom House- Only 2 Houses From Waimanalo Beach!

            2+ Bedroom House- Only 2 Houses From Waimanalo Beach!

            Waimanalo, HI
               
              4.9 of 5
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              The location is amazing! Steps from the best beach on Oahu! Plenty of towels, BBQ, spacious master bedroom, convenient kitchen, breezy Lanai, all made for a fun low maintenance vacation! Mark was great to work with, suggested good activities for the whole family (including toddlers and babies) and ...

              Hale Pono Mau Loa - Loft Bedroom
              Reviewed on Mar 30, 2019
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              Hale Pono Mau Loa - Loft Bedroom

              Hale Pono Mau Loa - Loft Bedroom

              Waimanalo, HI
                 
                5.0 of 5
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                I really enjoyed this place

                Waimanalo Beach Family Home, 2 Bed, 2 Bath, Steps to Beach
                Reviewed on Jul 21, 2018
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                Waimanalo Beach Family Home, 2 Bed, 2 Bath, Steps to Beach

                Waimanalo Beach Family Home, 2 Bed, 2 Bath, Steps to Beach

                Waimanalo, HI
                   
                  3.5 of 5
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                  Location great ! House is fully stocked and lots of beach chairs and beach toys for the kids . Ate dinner outside every night . Pamela is very sweet and John is very helpful! Warning there is only AC in bedrooms so when it’s hot out spend most of your time at the wonderful beach !