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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to Leeward Oahu  

Oahu Beaches:
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Leeward Oahu
(See also Lifeguard Safety Tips, Oahu Drive Guide, Oahu Camping)

Call the National Weather Service at 973-4380 for Forecast and 973-4383 for Surf Advisory.
As lifeguard services may vary, call the City & County of Honolulu at 973-4380 for current coverage.



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©Ann Cecil
KO OLINA LAGOONS
Ko Olina Resort (Take Ko Olina Exit off H-1 beyond Kapolei)

Oahu's most picturesque lagoons. Great snorkeling and swimming. Shoreline walkway.

Parking, restrooms, showers, lifeguards.


©Ann Cecil
POKAI BAY BEACH PARK
85-037 Waianae Valley Road, Waianae

The safest swimming beach on the leeward coast.

Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, lifeguards.


©Ann Cecil

MAKAHA BEACH PARK
84-369 Farrington Highway, Makaha

A mecca for board surfers. Site of international competitions. Waves up to 25 feet in winter. Swimming, snorkeling in summer only. Scuba divers frequent the "Makaha Caves" - a spectacular series of underwater arches and caverns.


Parking, restrooms, showers, lifeguards.


©Ann Cecil
YOKOHAMA BAY BEACH PARK
End of Farrington Highway (Hwy 93). Last sandy stretch of shore on Northwestern Oahu

Secluded, white sand beach. Board surfing spot for experts only. Hike to Kaena Point, Oahu's westernmost tip (2.7 miles/90 minutes one-way). Note: You cannot drive around Kaena Point. Do not swim - dangerous all year.


Restrooms, lifeguards.

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