Oahu’s windward side is about a close as you can get to picturesque perfection. But the side effect of this renown, is often overcrowding. This particular coastline has more pit stops than the Indy 500, with nearly as many visitors as you find in the stands of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Check out Kailua or Lanikai Beach on the weekend if you want to see what we mean. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park however, is a nice departure from this. The greenery that blocks the view from Kalanianaole Highway helps keep the car rental traffic from pulling over to explore. Others turn their attention to the Ko’olau Mountain Range on the mauka side. Leave them to their diversions, and instead be one of the few to stumble upon the cyan and golden wonder that awaits beyond the trees.
Together, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park and Waimanalo Beach Park (technically separate, but really the same) appear to go on for miles. It’s a beach most frequented by locals but you’ll never feel out of place thanks to the amount of space to spread out and do your own thing. The water is great for swimming and snorkeling while the shore can offer solid beach combing for shells and other finds. If you want an escape from the crowds of Oahu’s most popular beaches this is an idyllic strand to consider.