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“Body-Surfing Marathon”
Review of Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo Beach
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Waimanalo
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Owner description: A large beach in Oahu.
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This stretch of beach along the "windward" side of Oahu features a fairly long walk from the shoreline into the chest-high waters and that distance will be traveled at a brisk and exhilarating pace as you torpedo back toward that shoreline atop or amidst one of the plentiful waves that rolls, and sometimes, thunders in from the ocean. They are not a bone-crunching or clavicle-breaking as either Makapu'u or Sandy Beaches (BEWARE!! Sandy's shoreline is a neck-buster), but they are there to be had and if you catch one just right you'll get quite a lengthy ride that'll land you chest-first onto the shoreline.
The bonus about traveling to this Waimanalo Beach is that you can cap you body-surfing day off with a trip to nearby Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack and get what might be the best lunch or dinner you'll EVER devour at an off-the-road, "fast food" establishment. Believe me: it's worth a bus ride from Wakiki Beach for a good day of body-surfing topped off with a meal you'll be talking about until you return, possibly the next day.

There is a BBQ area and also rest rooms and TheBus has a drop-off nearby about a 10-minute walk from the shoreline. Plenty of shade under trees that are located about 20 yards from the surf. The three times that I visited (I was instantly addicted to Ono's) I noticed that this beach seemed to be a good place for families with kids to congregate. I think that's due to the fact that the surf is not pounding nor particularly alarming and because that long walk out to the deeper water (unlike Makapu'u and Sandy Beaches where you're almost instantly in the mix) provides a buffer of safety for the youngsters.

Thank Christopher S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

So, you like Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, but can't stand the tourists? Head over the the east extreme eastern side of O'ahu and go to Waimanalo instead. There's not as many tourists, the sand is as soft as Lanikai, and the water is clear. You will get good sun most of the day as long as you arrive at 11 AM or 12 PM. Check the surf report as sometimes the waves can get a little high, but there is not nearly as much danger as in other areas of the island. You will thoroughly enjoy this beach.

1  Thank Susan and Phyl T
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Nearly all the Leeward Oahu beaches are very pretty settings with the mountains as a backdrop, and some have offshore islands adding to the beauty. Except for weekends, very few people on the beach and a great refreshing contrast to Waikiki and its obvious drawbacks. Take the short drive from Honolulu and enjoy.

Thank Vintorix
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

In my opinion, Waimanalo Beach is the best all-around beach on the island. Do you like to swim? Do you like to bogie board? Do you like to wind or kite surf? Do you like to lay on the beach in the sun? Do you like to sit in the shade at the foot of the beach? If you answer yes to most of these, then Waimanalo Beach is the one for you. My wife loves to lay in the sun on the beach and i prefer to sit in the shade in a chair. You are able to do that here and still be within 10 feet of each other. The waves are perfect for body surfing/bogie boarding for most months of the year. We always try to visit Waimanalo Beach on our annual trip to Hawaii. We normally stay on the North Shore so this is a bit out of the way but it is worth it!

1  Thank Traveling007Texan
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We hired a car for a day to travel around Oahu (we used the bus for most of our stay which was really easy but better to hire a car if you want to go a bit further out.) We stopped at Waimanalo beach for an hour or so, it was very quiet and is a really beautiful beach. There is parking and bathroom facilities.

1  Thank BernadetteH-S13
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