Looking for the best beaches on Oahu? Oahu’s west side is a lesser visited, no fluff, take it or leave it kind of place. But don’t let that stop you from checking out what it has to offer, because the beaches here are always less crowded, more pristine and easier to access. Due to the nature of its reefs and beaches, there are so many hidden spots that offer amazing places to snorkel, surf, or truly kick back and relax away from the hustle and bustle. We’ve listed our top five beach spots out West.
The best spot to snorkel. Easy access to the beach from the car, as you practically park right on the beach! With an average depth of 10-15 up to 50 yards off shore, you can comfortably snorkel up and down the area without straying too far from the car. During certain times a year, waves are common here so if the area is full of surfers, avoid the snorkel and appreciate the swells instead.
- Maili Beach Park
Long expansive beach park. Full of parking, grassy areas, trees for shades and white sandy beach. The perfect spot for family picnics, beach BBQ’s, an all-day trip west side. This beach is comfortable, has good facilities and will fulfill the request of any family member.
World-renowned for its surf, Rell Sunn, and the Keaulana family. This is THE picturesque coconut tree lined Hawaii beach. Snug between houses and a residential condo with the best views ever, this beach boasts huge golden sandy dunes, met with glistening vivid blue waters. Careful though, this beauty can maintain a pretty powerful shore break and quick undercurrents. It is also a beautiful spot for snorkeling on calm days, with frequent turtle sightings!
If you can find this beach you’ll probably be one of very few people there, which is awesome when you look at the crowds you fight in Waikiki and Ala Moana. Frequented only by locals this hidden gem is the spot to check out some tide pools, cruise in the crystal-clear waters, or even catch some waves.
AKA Ka’ena Point. Massive beach at the end of the road. The crowning jewel on the drive out west. It’s so big there’s names for numerous different surf breaks- first dip, second dip, and third dip. Once you’re there, you’ll know what those names mean, but you won’t know until you go. Bring shade, pack food and possibly go for a hike around the trail to reach the North Shore! We’re a little bias as we think west side is best side. But if the plans call for a trip around the island, don’t take the short cut up central O’ahu, make the trip out to the end of the road at Ka’ena Point. You won’t be disappointed by the beaches, the view or the drive. So, venture a little, and get out of the Waikiki comfort zone.