Out on the east coast of Oahu, Alan Davis Beach is rarely spoken about among tourists but the locals flock here like crazy on the weekends. Hoards of school kids and beachgoers head to the secluded beach to jump in off the wooden planks. Several wooden boards have been wedged into the rock wall creating a fun series of diving boards.
Alan Davis Beach is just a short detour from the popular Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. What’s so cool about this beach on the east coast of Oahu? Wedged into the rocks on the side of the beach are two wooden planks that lead you out over crystal water deep enough to accommodate all the diving and flipping you can handle.
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A GUIDE TO ALAN DAVIS BEACH
Alan Davis Beach is a great spot to do some low-key cliff jumping in a relatively safe swimming area. If you can, head to the beach on a weekday to avoid the flocks of crowds on a weekend.
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How to get to Alan Davis Beach
Park your car in the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail parking lot and veer through the bushes on the dirt track instead of taking the lighthouse trail up the hill. This is the Ka’Iwi Scenic Shoreline Trail although it isn’t very clearly marked. Follow this trail for 10-15 mins and you will reach a little beach. Head along the left-hand side of the small bay and you will find yourself below Pele’s Chair and be standing right above the diving boards.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ALAN DAVIS BEACH
After the short hike along the Ka’Iwi Scenic Shoreline Trail, you’ll reach this secluded cove. It’s a similar vibe to China Walls, where you can bring along food and drinks and set up for a couple of hours of fun. There are a couple of wooden planks that are wedged into the rocks for some small-scale jumps into the crystal-clear water.
With great views all the way down to Koko Head Crater, it’s one of the most scenic little coves on the island of Oahu. The jumps are pretty small but it is still best to jump at high tide because the water is relatively shallow. You can see the bottom on calm days through the clear water but always do a quick swim to check first.
Snorkeling at Alan Davis is quite nice with the great clarity of the water. There are always lots of fish swimming around and you never know when a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle will appear.
If you aren’t into swimming, take a short walk up to Pele’s Chair, which is a rock formation with large significance to the traditions of the Native Hawaiians.
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Things to do near Alan Davis Beach
From Alan Davis Beach you can walk left along the coast for 45 minutes and reach the epic Makapu’u Tide Pools. Nearby is also Makapu’u Beach, an awesome hangout spot with shore break waves at times. Of course, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is just above the beach or the Tom Tom Trail is just behind Makapu’u Beach.
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- Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort (Overall Favorite): In the heart of Waikiki, this high-end resort is right on the beach with a private lagoon.
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- Ewa Hotel Waikiki: (Value): Ewa Hotel is just one block back from the beach and is just over $150 USD.
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Thursday 6th of May 2021
Is the trail sand or paved? Have someone with an electric wheelchair and was hoping they can roll along with us.
Monday 10th of May 2021
I think it would be difficult with a wheelchair from memory as it was rocky.
Monday 10th of May 2021
I think it would be difficult with wheelchair from memory as it was rocky.
Thursday 14th of March 2019
Wow such a nice place i really loved it. pictures are really awesome thanks for sharing your experience keep it up.
Tuesday 24th of July 2018
Just wanted to note that the boards have been taken down :( still a great place to jump from the rocks and swim/snorkel, but the boards are gone.
Friday 8th of February 2019
Ahh that’s a shame, how big are the jumps though?
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
Aloha, great website. Do you know how to get to the infinity pool at black point? I'm a local here, but wanted to know if you have any connections on how to get there, passed the gates? Mahalo!
Wednesday 16th of August 2017
My friends have been there but I never went so can't say from personal experience. I know there is a security guard and you will likely get a warning so may or may not be worth the hassle for a swimming pool up to you. Best is always to go at sunrise... people are slower to react at sunrise.