South Shore Oahu Beaches | Ala Moana Beach Park

This has to be one of my favorite Oahu beaches because it has it all within its 76 acres...Ala Moana Beach Park has a great beach, surf in the summer (way out), great swimming area, a nice path, grassy areas for picnics, and showers. That is all I need but there's courts, concession stands, and restrooms.

Ala Moana Beach Park

To top it off, it is very quiet on the weekdays...any beach in Hawaii will tend to get crowded on the weekends...this is a typical weekday...

You can tell how much it offers just by looking at the wide variety of people that use the beach park...surfers, swimmers who do laps in the inside area, paddle boarders, joggers, tennis players, canoe teams, etc. Check out this surfer dude...

If you enter from the southern most entrance (closest to Waikiki), keep driving through the park and it will get less crowded as you head toward the other entrance...hint...look toward the mountains and align yourself with the cool looking twin high rise towers that have blueish looking windows (prime oceanfront Hawaii property)...or you could just go by the tennis courts to make it are the tennis courts and one of the open grassy areas.

There is a large area that juts out as you enter from the entrance closest to Waikiki called Magic Island. Magic Island has a nice calm area to swim too and it is also a great spot to watch surfing in the summer. The surf spot as you look across the boat harbor toward Waikiki is called "Bowls" and is the opening wave on the television show Hawaii Five-O.


  • Lifeguards
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Sandy and reef areas
  • Picnic areas
  • Concession stands
  • Paved walkways
  • Free parking

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