Waimanalo Beach with clear blue water and fine white sand with mountain views

Waimanalo Beach Park: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Visit

If you’re looking for a beautiful and serene beach to relax on during your vacation in Oahu, look no further than Waimanalo Beach Park!

This beach has everything you could wantfrom soft white sand to crystal clear blue watersit’s the perfect place to spend a day or two in the sun.

Not only is this beach one of the most beautiful on Oahu, but it’s also one of the most peaceful. You can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life here and just relax.

Keep reading to learn more about this incredible beach and what makes it so special.

Drone shot of Waimanalo Beah with perfect white sand and blue waters

Location

41-741 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimānalo, HI 96795

Click the above Google Maps link for directions on how to get there.

Waimanalo Beach Park is located on the windward side of Oahu in the town of Waimanalo. From Waikiki/Honolulu, the drive should take about 30-45 minutes. Depending on traffic, it might be less or more.

There are two ways to access this beach. The facilities are pretty much the same from both ends, except there is a camping option at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.

Waimanalo Beach Park: This one is located across from Nakini Street, and is south of the next option.

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park: This one is located between Tinker Road and Aloiloi Street, and the northern option of the two. It is locally referred to as “Sherwood’s”.

People walking on Waimanalo Beach with white sand and blue water

Waimanalo Beach Park Parking

There is plenty of parking on-site. We have been here multiple times and had no issues finding parking.

Cars parked at Waimanalo Beach parking with a gorgeous view of the Koolau Mountain Range

Compared to some of the most popular beaches such as Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, Waimanalo Beach Park is not as crowded.

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However, if you are visiting on weekends and holidays, try to get there early to secure parking just in case.

Waimanalo Beach Park Facilities 

  • Showers
  • Bathrooms
  • Shaded grassy area
  • Parking on-site
  • Camping (with permit)
  • Picnic tables (in the shade)
  • Lifeguard
Bathroom and showers at Waimanalo Beach Park
Lifeguard station at Waimanalo Beach Park

Overview of Waimanalo Beach Park

Waimanalo Beach Park offers stunning mountain views, crystal clear blue water, and soft white sand.

The 3-mile-long beach encompasses Waimanalo Bay Beach, Waimanalo Beach Park, and Bellows Beach, making it one of the longest on Oahu.

While this beach is not as popular as others on the island, Waimanalo Beach Park deserves more credit than what it receives.

Perfect white sand Waimanalo Beach with people in the shot

The water is just as stunning, especially when the waves are calm in the summer months.

What makes this beach even better is the fewer crowds that go there.

Nothing beats a relaxing day spent lounging on the beach with hardly anyone around! This is definately one of the best beaches in Hawaii so make sure to add it to your list.

Swimming here in the winter months is also possible, but as always, be cautious of the waves and currents.

While the waves are nowhere near what you would see at Oahu’s North Shore beaches, it’s always best practice to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions at all times.

Waimanalo Beach Park Activities

Beachgoers can enjoy plenty of activities such as:

Swimming and Sunbathing- The water here is perfect for swimming.

Bodysurfing and Bodyboarding- The waves here are gentle and break close to shore. This makes it perfect for bodysurfing and bodyboarding.

Fishing- If you are into fishing, remember to bring your poles as this is a popular place to fish.

Picnicking- This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with family and/or friends.

Camping- While great for this activity, you will need a permit to camp here. Check out the link in the next section below for more information.

The path leading to Waimanalo Beach with lots of shade from trees

Essential Items to Bring to the Beach

Reef-safe sunscreen or a sun shirt/rashguard- The sun here can be very strong. Make sure to bring sunscreen that is reef-safe, or a sun shirt to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

Sunhat- It’s easy to get a sunburn in Hawaii. Protect yourself by adding these items to your Hawaii packing list.

Beach Towel- You will definitely need a beach towel to dry off after swimming.

Beach Chair or Mat- If you want to relax on the beach, make sure to bring a beach chair or mat.

Cooler with water and drinks- Don’t forget to pack water in a cooler to keep you hydrated and fueled throughout the day.

Snacks- You will also want to pack some snacks to keep you energized throughout the day.

Camera- Don’t forget your camera to capture all of your precious memories!

Permit for Camping- If you are camping here, make sure to register for a permit. Visit the Honolulu.gov website to claim a spot!

Jellyfish at Waimanalo Beach Park

As you make your way to the beach, you will notice signs warning you about the possibility of jellyfish.

Cody on the beach near the jellyfish warning sign.
Cody walking towards the beach. There is a strong current and jellyfish warning sign

The Portuguese man o’ war is a type of jellyfish that is commonly seen here.

While they are usually not found in great numbers, it’s always best to be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

If you see one, make sure not to touch it as its sting can be very painful.

We have never seen any jellyfish while swimming here, but it’s always best to be prepared and use caution.

A good practice is to check the beach first before getting in the water.

When it’s windy, the Portuguese man o’ war gets pushed closer to shore. If you see some onshore, they are most likely in the ocean.

They are very easy to spot (see picture below).

Portuguese man o' war jellyfish on the beach close to shore

It is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid swimming if there are jellyfish when you visit.

Also, be cautious not to step on them when they’ve been washed to shore. Their stingers will likely still be active.

According to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, If you do get stung by a jellyfish, the best thing to do is rinse with vinegar to remove any residual stingers or tentacles left. Then immerse the area in hot water or apply a hot pack for 45 minutes. 

View of the gorgeous Waimanalo Beach with blue water and white powder sand

What’s in the Area?

If you are looking for something to do after, there are a few places you can check out:

Bellows Beach– This beach is located right next to Waimanalo Beach Park and is one of the best beaches on the island.

Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack- If you get hungry and need some great food, be sure to stop by Onos. This food truck is located about 0.2 miles from the beach.

Hike the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail-  If you are looking for one of the best hikes in Oahu, the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is an excellent option. It is located just a few miles (9-minute drive) from Waimanalo Beach.

Hike the Lanikai Pillboxes- If you are looking for an excellent hike nearby, the Lanikai Pillbox is a great option. It’s an easy hike that offers some beautiful views.

Waimanalo Beach Frequently Asked Questions

Is Waimanalo Beach Park safe for swimming?

Yes, Waimanalo Beach is safe for swimming. However, be aware of jellyfish signs and caution signs.

Is Waimanalo Beach busy?

The beach can get busy on weekends but is typically not too crowded during the week.

Is Waimanalo Beach open to the public?

Yes, Waimanalo Beach is open to the public.

Does Waimanalo Beach have waves?

The waves at Waimanalo Beach are usually small. However, the waves can get a little bigger during certain times of the year (usually in the winter).

Finals Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking view, an adventure, or some peace and quiet, Waimanalo Beach Park has something for everyone.

With crystal-clear blue waters, soft white sand, and plenty of activities to keep you busy, this beach is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Oahu.

Mahalo for reading our post! Until next time, Aloha!