From its pounding surf to its powder-white sands, Oahu is the ultimate outdoor destination. GuidePal’s islander local experts have curated the top ten beach and swimming spots just for you.
Located just 26 miles from Honolulu, yet far off the beaten path, Ahupua’a O Kahana State Park is a historic hiking spot. The one mile Kapa’ele’ele Ko’a and Keaniani Lookout Trail is a loop that begins at the orientation center and offers incredible views of the bay. Nakoa Trail is a 2.5 mile loop that winds through the tropical rain forest.
Marking the easternmost tip of Oahu, Makapuu Beach is a romantic cove surrounded by black lava, turquoise water, white shores and towering sea cliffs. Most locals will tell you that this hidden gem is their favorite beach. Expert bodysurfers and bodyboarders flock here to ride the powerful and consistent surf break.
Ehukai Beach may not ring a bell, but if you know anything at all about surfing, you’ll have heard of Pipeline. When it’s “on”, the Holy Grail of waves breaks on a super-shallow reef close to the shore creating a thick, hollow barrel about 10 feet high. Pull in successfully, and you’ll have the ride of your life.
Located on the sunnier side of Windward Oahu, Bellows Fields Beach is a dreamy spot, just far enough off the beaten track to make it special. It boasts a unique, bucolic setting and a crowd free, serene environment.
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