It’s bathing suit season on Oahu.
Let’s be honest here. When we say “hidden,” we mean not frequented that much by tourists. Locals know all the secrets, some of which they are not spilling. Whatever. Time to tie on that bikini or step into those swimming trunks. Check beach conditions for currents and strong shorebreaks before setting foot in the water.
NORTH SHORE FIND
Those who remember the fictional crash of Oceanic flight 815 might recognize Mokule’ia Beach from the first season of Lost. Isn’t this tropically perfect setting purty? Unfortunately, you should do most of your admiring ashore. This beach on the north-westernmost part of the island is mostly too choppy to swim, though summer is calmer. So why go? To contemplate the world of Lost and of being lost.
WEST SIDE GEM
Keawaula Beach (aka Yokes, or Yokohama Beach) is at the end of the road, quite literally. With its west position, it’s a great place to watch the sunset and to experience the Waianae Mountain Range.
Although the waves can be rough, Bellows Field Beach Park in Waimanalo is white-sand heaven. There’s also a pine forest just a few steps away, great for camping.
Another film ready beach is Halona Cove. Hit play on From Here to Eternity. So why don’t people flock to this patch of warm, delicious powder. Well, did we mention the hike over rocks that you’ll have to take to get here? Swimming outside of the cove is not recommended. Photo Kok Chih & Sarah Gan via Flickr
Kualoa Beach Park is kayaking heaven, with a backdrop of Chinaman’s Hat, or Mokoli’i Island. During low tide, people can walk the mile from Kualoa to the island.
Your bathing suit should be worn for sunbathing only at Koko Kai Mini Beach Park, and not for hitting the water, unless you consider yourself a very experienced daredevil or surfer. The former jumps off the cliffs here—a dangerous undertaking (there’s a sign that tells you how to give your location to 911). So sit back and watch the jumpers do their thing at China Walls, as it is known locally.