Best Beaches in Hawaii: Ko Olina Lagoons – Oahu, Hawaii



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The Ko Olina Lagoons are quintessential tropical beaches with soft white imported sand, warm turquoise water, attractively planted palm trees, and nice grassy lawns. Plus, all four Ko Olina lagoons are separated from the open ocean by rock walls creating calm coves and pocket beaches. This makes for excellent swimming and snorkeling and a wonderful environment for children.


Although the lagoons are calm, remember, you are still in an ocean. Always listen to the lifeguard and stay away from the channels between the rock walls and the open ocean. Currents are usually strong there.


If you want to venture beyond the lagoons there is a marina at Ko Olina where you can find a number of recreational boat excursions. They include snorkel tours, dolphin and whale watching trips, sport fishing charters, catamaran sailing tours, sunset cruises, and boat charters.

Beach Activities:

  • Lounging
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Walking on the beach path connecting the four lagoons

Beach Amenities:

  • Public bathrooms – Yes.
  • Showers – Yes.
  • Parking – Yes, in the Ko Olina Resort although it’s very limited so arrive early if you aren’t staying at Ko Olina.
  • Food – Yes.
  • Lifeguard – Yes.
  • Dogs allowed on the beach – No.

Beach Rentals:

Hawaii Surfboard Rentals rents surfboards, boogie boards, paddle boards, swim fins, and car roof racks.


From Honolulu and Waikiki, take Interstate H1 West to the Ko Olina exit. Shortly before this exit H1 becomes Route 93, Farrington Highway. From the Ko Olina exit continue to the guardhouse at the entrance of the resort for directions to the Ko Olina Lagoons.


To many joyful beach experiences!—

Lisa Dworkin


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