Hawaii is known for the many picturesque beaches lining the edges of our islands. On Oahu, venture to the West Side, where crystal clear waters and sunny skies provide a picture-perfect backdrop for visitors and locals alike. Take the road less traveled and visit these five hidden gems on Oahu’s Leeward coast.
- Yokohama Bay (Keawaula Beach)
Situated at the end of the road through Nanakuli is Yokohama, one of Oahu’s most secluded beaches. Yokohama is a sight for sore eyes, complete with lush mountain ranges hugging the bay and a far stretch of white, pearlescent sand. At the start of the winter season, the tide rises, transforming Yokohama into a famed surfing and bodyboarding destination. Inexperienced swimmers are advised to stay out of the water during those months.
- Electric Beach (Kahe Point Beach Park)
You’ll definitely be “shocked” when you jump into the warm, electric blue waters of Electric Beach. Located just beyond Ko Olina is a watery spectacle for snorkelers to explore. Fun fact: an electric pipe installed by Hawaiian Electric Company runs through this beach, pumping out clean warm water that attracts marine life to the area.
- Ko Olina Lagoons
For a serene resting spot, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Ko Olina Lagoons. These four jewel-shaped bodies of water are accompanied by a mile and a half of soft seaside paths. Parking for the beach is open to the public all day. The nearby Ko Olina Resort area is also home to four grand hotels, a premiere golf course and countless gourmet restaurants.
- Pokai Beach
Pokai Beach, also known by its original name of Malaea, meaning “calm” or “serene,” is true to its name. A breakwater wall in the water neutralizes incoming waves, making this spot ideal for beginning swimmers and surfers all year long. Find Pokai Beach nestled between Kaneilio Point and Waianae Boat Harbor.
- Tunnels Beach (Makua Beach)
At the foot of Makua Valley’s majestic mountains is Oahu’s most sacred beach. Here you’ll find cerulean waters clear enough to see through to the bottom and powerful swells of waves during the winter season. Legend states that Makua Valley is the first point of the island that rose from the water, hence Makua meaning “parent” in Hawaiian. If you’re lucky, you might spot spinner dolphins herding into shore together to rest after their long day of play.
Join Dolphin Star, and we’ll take you on a snorkeling journey to one of our favorite West Oahu beaches! Buy your tickets today at Dolphin-Star.com or call (808) 983-STAR (7827).