Bellows Beach: The Best Secluded Beach on Oahu
If you’re looking for a breathtaking and secluded beach to relax on during your vacation in Oahu, Bellows Beach is one of the best beaches in Oahu.
Most people only know about the famous beaches in Waikiki and the North Shore, but if you’re looking for something more private and peaceful, then Bellows Beach is the place to go.
Located on the Windward side of Oahu, Bellows Beach—aka Bellows Field Beach Park—is often overlooked by tourists. This hidden gem offers stunning mountain views and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.
With its white sand beach and crystal clear water, it’s easy to see why this beach is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
Bellows Beach Parking
Free parking is available onsite past Tinker Road and close to the ocean. Compared to other beaches in Oahu, finding a parking spot at Bellows Beach wasn’t hard since it’s not as crowded.
- BBQ Grills
- Picnic Tables
- Grassy Area
Bellows Beach Map
Bellows Beach Activities
Disclaimer: Please be aware of ocean conditions at all times, as the conditions might change unexpectedly. The winds and waves can be especially strong here in the winter. Only get in the water if the weather permits.
Here are some activities you can partake in at Bellow Beach:
Bodysurfing- Bellows Beach is a great place to bodysurf. Make sure you are a strong swimmer before doing this activity.
Surfing- Bellows Beach is a great place to surf year-round.
Fishing- This is a very popular activity at Bellows Beach. Bring your fishing poles and prepare for some bites!
Picnicking- Bellows Beach is a great place to have a picnic. There are plenty of green spaces to set up your picnic and enjoy the beauty of this place.
Swimming- If the weather permits and the water is calm, Bellows Beach is a great place to swim.
Kayaking– This is a great way to explore Bellows Beach if the weather is cooperating.
Camping- There are perfect camping areas around Bellows Beach. This is a popular place for locals to camp with their families.
If you’re interested in camping at Bellows Beach, visit the Honolulu Camping website for availability.
Note that camping here might be a little packed compared to other places on Oahu. If you are looking for a secluded campground, this might not be the best place for you to camp.
What to Bring
Beach chair and umbrella- If you are planning on lounging around the beach, bring a chair and/or umbrella.
Reef safe sunscreen or a rashguard– The sun in Hawaii is very strong. It’s essential to wear sunscreen or a sun shirt to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Water- Make sure to stay hydrated while spending time at the beach. Bring plenty of water to drink throughout the day.
Snacks- Don’t forget to pack snacks! This is always a good idea, especially if you’re planning on spending a full day at the beach.
Towels- Make sure to bring some towels if you plan to get in the water.
Overview of Bellows Beach
Located in the town of Waimanalo, Bellows Beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on the island of Oahu.
Part of the reason why this beach is unknown to most people is that it’s located on Bellows Air Force Station. The beach is open to the public on weekends (from noon on Friday to Sunday) and on national holidays.
If you are in the military or have a family member that is, you can access the beach on any day of the week.
Please note that the beach might be closed to the public on weekends if there is military training. Unfortunately, there is no good way to know which days the beach will be closed for this particular reason though. You’ll unfortunately just have to drive there and find out.
All of the times that we have been there, we were able to get in without any issues or closings.
Once you make your way to the beach, you will be amazed at how beautiful this place is and why many locals flock here.
The beach is a long stretch of fine white sand with gorgeous turquoise waters. During the times that we have been here, we only shared the beach with a few other people.
We tend to get to places early before the huge crowds show up, so maybe that’s part of the reason why it has always been empty.
We went to Bellows Beach around 10:00 am in February, and it was perfect because there was hardly anyone else there.
Jellyfish at Bellows
Please note: Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish can be of concern at this beach. These little bastards can and will leave a painful mark if you get stung or step on one.
There are signs warning beachgoers of these jellyfish, so take them seriously!
We were lucky enough not to see any though.
In the Area
Below are some things you can do before or after spending the day at Bellows Beach.
Visit Waimanalo Beach– This is another great beach that’s not crowded. Be sure to visit since it’s only a 6-minute drive away.
Get some food at Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack- This place is a must if you’re looking for some good eats.
Go to Lanikai Beach- Lanikai Beach is about a 19-minute drive from Bellows Beach. This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It’s worth a visit if you have the time.
Check out Kailua Beach– Kailua Beach is about a 17-minute drive from Bellows Beach. This beach is excellent for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
Lanikai Pillboxes Hike– If you’re looking for a good hike, the Lanikai Pillbox is an excellent option. This one also made our list of the best hikes on Oahu.
Hike the Olomana Trail– If you’re an experienced hiker looking for a challenging hike in Oahu, the Olomana Trail is a great option. Be advised that this hike is not for the fainthearted. Only attempt it if you are not afraid of heights and are okay with rock climbing.
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The Wrap Up
Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to relax or want to enjoy the waves with friends and family, Bellows Beach has something for everyone.
With its soft sand beaches, rolling surf, and lush vegetation, it’s no wonder this beach is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
Next time you find yourself in Waimanalo, be sure to stop by Bellows Beach for a day of fun in the sun!
Mahalo for reading our post. Until next time, aloha!