Waimānalo Bay Beach Park on Oahu:
Waimānalo Beach is one of Oahu’s most beautiful beaches located on the lower east side of the Island. Its Oahu’s longest stretch of white sand with a shoreline about 5.5 miles (8.85 km).
This is a great beach to get away from the crowds and find your own quite spot to soak in the sun. The waves are usually small and calm, a great beach for all ages. It’s easy to find your own little spot on the beach because of its large shoreline and during the week it’s never too crowded.
The water is beautiful and warm with white soft sand and considered one of Hawaii’s top beaches. The beach is just up the road from Makapu’u Beach and Sea Life Park.
The small town of Waimānalo has no large development and this beach is popular among locals who want to get away from the hustle of the town side of Oahu.
Things to do:
The best beach activities to do are bodyboarding (boogie boarding), swimming, long beach walks, reading a book, soaking in the sun, picnics, and just pure Hawaiian style relaxation in the perfect scenery. I don’t recommend snorkeling at Waimānalo Beach because the sand is so soft that the water near the shorelines doesn’t have great visibility and there are much better places for snorkeling nearby like Hanauma Bay and Lanikai Beach.
What’s near By Waimānalo Bay:
After your day of relaxation, I recommend going up the road to the town of Kailua. There you’ll find shopping, restaurants, and very similar beaches like Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach. These popular beaches offer more activities and tours but also tend to be more crowded. So, if you’re looking to get away from it all, Waimānalo Beach is the perfect spot for you.
Where to Park for Waimānalo Bay:
Make sure to park at the Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Park and NOT the Waimanalo Beach Park. Many people get these mixed up on the map. The State Recreation Park has more parking and is located in a better area of the beach with better facilities.
From Waikiki, I recommend taking the drive around the south side of the island past Hanauma Bay because you’ll have many sites to see along the way (See 25 things to do in Oahu). Once you past Makapu’u Beach you’ll drive through a residential area and when you see a McDonalds on your right it’s the second right turn into the state park. You can see it’s exact location in the map I’ve placed on this page.
Best Times To Go:
Waimānalo Beach is located on the windward side so it’s good to check the weather and wind speeds. It usually offers great weather year around because of its dry climate, but if it’s going to be a windy day the fine sand blows around easily and the shore waves become very choppy.