Do you want to go to family-friendly beaches that the “locals” on Oahu frequent?
Whether you’re planning your first family vacation to the islands or just looking for a nice beach for your “staycation,” let us help you find the perfect beach for your whole family. We’ve compiled a list of our top five best local beaches on Oahu for families with children along information to making your beach visit a memorable one.
Top 5 Local Beaches on Oahu
We think you’ll find Oahu to be a beachy paradise that’s both safe and adventurous. With an island packed with so many people, it can be hard to find a beach that is both safe and welcoming to families with small children.
Here is our list for some of the best local beaches on Oahu for the keiki.
Located on the west side of Oahu in the city of Kapolei, the Ko Olina, comprised of 4 lagoons, has fabulous beaches for young children. Parents don’t need to worry about big waves, and the gentle waters are a great place for young snorkelers. 3 of the lagoons are mainly for the resorts nearby (Four Seasons, Aulani, and the Marriott), though you can easily walk on the footpath from lagoon to lagoon to visit each hotel and perhaps have lunch.
Lagoon 4 (at the far end, after the resorts), is the largest lagoon and has the largest parking lot. It is also the best lagoon for snorkeling. If you see a turtle in the water, be respectful keep your distance (Hawaii’s green sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act and therefore it is illegal to touch, harass or harm a turtle. Here’s more on how we work to protect Hawaii’s turtle, and what you can do, too).
Because of its location, the Ko Olina’s lagoons are home to some of the most stunning sunsets on Oahu. Locals come here with their young children since most beaches on the west side of the island tend to have large shore breaks and no public showers or bathrooms.
Local Tip: We like to park at Lagoon 4, spend the afternoon at the beach (3:00 pm onwards), shower, watch the sunset and then walk over to the Marriott for dinner. The parking lot is small and tends to get full on the weekends by 9:00 am.