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.
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