Waimanalo Beach Park
Waimanalo is the longest stretch of white sand beach on the island of Oahu. The three plus miles of beach is framed by a forest of ironwood trees and a turquoise sea. If it looks familiar, this is the beach that was used by the television show Magnum P.I. and Baywatch Hawaii.
Waimanalo is located about 35-45 minutes from Waikiki Beach and is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. You won’t find many people on the beach during the week. However, the weekends tend to bring out many families and locals looking to enjoy a bit of relaxation and fun.
Waimanalo Beach is usually a good body boarding beach since the waves are not too big and break close to shore. Occasionally the shorebreak is very powerful here, so use caution when entering the water and stick to the areas where the lifeguards are located. The protection by the offshore reef makes Waimanalo Beach Park good for swimming, though it isn’t the best snorkeling beach.
Waimanalo has two main access points to the beach. Waimanalo Beach Park is located at the southern end across from Nakini Street. There is a campground portion of the park to the left of the parking for which you need a permit if you plan to camp overnight. The parking area on the right is for a day use, and the beach in front of it is much less crowded. Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area is near the northern end between Aloiloi Street and Tinker Road.
This beach park has showers, restrooms, a pavilion, picnic tables and a lifeguard tower. There is plenty of room for a long beach stroll and lots of shade from the Hawaiian sun.
Be careful of jellyfish. They usually can be found 8 days after a full moon and up to three days afterward.
Don’t leave any valuable items in your automobile. In fact, it’s best to leave the windows down so you don’t come back to find them smashed in.
If you are camping at Waimanalo don’t leave any valuables in your tent, even if you are just relaxing on the nearby beach.