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“dirty full of homeless people”
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 23 April 2018

we stopped there on our way to north coast and there was nobody there except for a small community of homeless people and the beach was not very clean, i have no idea where the others are saying this is the best beach ever...but im including photos...of the row of garbage and tents from the homeless that seem to be living there.

1  Thank milly591
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We were in Oahu for 7 days and we went to this beach every single day of our trip. My 12 and 9 year old children did some boogie boarding in the waves and also just swam around. No coral or rocks at this beach. Just a beautiful sandy beach. We went to 5-7 beaches and this one by far was the best. There is a tent city of homeless at the top but they didn’t approach anyone at all and never bothered anyone. Look past that and he beach and sun was awaking. Absolutely recommend for kids, teens and adults of all ages (except babies in the ocean of course). Can’t wait to go back in a few months!

1  Thank mlemes84
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This is a gorgeous beach to spend a day. Just amazing blue sea and the mountains are in a backdrop. Just a perfect scenario. I really recommend to go and enjoy the place. Not so many people, you can chill and relax with no crowds.

Thank CassiaMathiazi
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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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