Sandy Beach Park is notoriously known for two things…powerful shorebreaks and the fine beach sand that gets into everything! Sandy Beach is a beautiful isolated stretch of sand that lays just beyond the popular Halona Blowhole. This Oahu beach has a magnificent scene that you arrive upon after driving along the lava rock cliffside of Koko Head Crater.
Sandy Beach Park is a childhood favorite for me! I would live summers out here, taking the first bus in the morning, and bodysurf the waves until my fingers looked like prunes and the rest of my body was waterlogged.
Sunburnt, tired, and starving, I would ride the Oahu bus back to town at the end of the day with a big satisfied grin on my face!
There are a few stories on how Sandy Beach got its name, including an old fisherman named Sandy who used to fish off the Halona Blowhole. But whatever the case may be, I find the name very fitting because of the sand itself. It tends to get into everything you bring to the beach!
If you end up swimming in the surf, I guarantee you will leave this Oahu beach with sand falling out of your hair, ears, nose and bathing suit –and that’s after you’ve showered off at the beach!
Check out this Sandy Beach Park video to view the beach break and learn safety tips...
Take note that the impressive pounding shore breaks will shake loose any cash, sunglasses, keys, and anything else you leave in your pockets or body, when swimming in these waves. Unfortunately I know this all too well from experience.
Make sure you double check to leave anything you value behind before entering the water!
WARNING: While the shore breaks are fun to play in, they also tend to become very dangerous on days when the waves are fairly large. These waves can very easily pick you up and throw you back down, injuring you on the hard packed sand and rocks if you are unfamiliar with the breaks.
It's very important to check in with the lifeguard for current conditions and best ocean entry points.
Sandy Beach Park is a beautiful 30 minute drive or, 45 minute bus ride from Waikiki.
Directions: From Waikiki, take the H-1 Freeway headed South…
Take the number 22 or 23 Oahu Bus from Kuhio Ave in Waikiki that is headed in the direction of Diamond Head. Depending on traffic, it should only take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to get there.
These buses run hourly on the weekdays and every half hour on the weekends.
Hanauma Bay – you will actually pass Hanauma Bay on your way to Sandy Beach. If you plan your day right, you could start off the morning snorkeling Hanauma Bay, which is a state protected marine life sanctuary. The Hanauma Bay fish are a site to see, experience, and not to be missed!
Eternity Beach – a famous romantic Oahu beach that became popular after it was featured in a 1953 film titled “From Here to Eternity”. Eternity Beach, also known as Halona Beach Cove, is easy to find as it sits below the popular Holana Blowhole on the right hand side. Take the last turnout before reaching Sandy Beach Park.
To get down into the Halona Beach Cove, you will need to climb
over the street railing, and follow one of the rocky paths
down. I would only attempt going to this beach when the waves
are tame, and the area is blanketed with a good patch of
Spring and Summer time are usually the best times to check out this
Halona Blowhole – one of Hawaii’s natural wonders that sprays ocean water high into the air! The Halona Blowhole can be viewed as far as Sandy Beach Park, but looks more impressive if you stop in the Holana Beach Cove parking lot and view it up front from the railing fence.
The only requirement for this show to begin are large turbulent waves that smash into the rocky coast, and sends a vast amount of water spewing into are through a small hole in lava rock.
Beach Park – if you continue past Sandy Beach Park,
and travel up towards the Makapu’u Pt., you will discover one of Oahu’s
treasured beaches in a large ocean cove.
Not only will you get to see a special piece of Hawaii, but you will also get a chance to view the magical Windward coastline from the scenic Makapu’u viewing point.
Makapuu’u Beach Park is close by and located just across the street from Sea Life Park.
Hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail - Think Makapuu
Beach looks beautiful...consider hiking up to the Makapuu Lighthouse for some spectacular views
of not only the beach below, but Koko Head, and part of the Windward
side as well.
The mile hike will take you about a half hour or
so to reach the top...with lots of scenic views along the way!
Aloha & Enjoy!!