SNORKELING AT ELECTRIC BEACH ON OAHU (KAHE POINT BEACH PARK)

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Electric Beach or “Electrics” is a 40 minute drive from Waikiki. The official name of this location is Kahe Point Beach Park but locals know this spot by its nickname first. It is called Electric Beach because there is a power plant beside this narrow enclave. The warm water from the power plant attracts an abundance of sea-life, making it one of the best places to snorkel on Oahu. It doesn’t have postcard palms or a mile-long stretch of sand, but you don’t come here for landscapes. The real action is under the water.

In this blog post, I will share with you all of the things you need to know about Electric Beach such as how to get there, is is safe to swim at Electric Beach, what sea-life you can expect, and the top tours from Waikiki that take you on a snorkeling trip to this beautiful location.

Kahe Point Seascape and Fisherman

 

WHY IS IT CALLED ELECTRIC BEACH?

The beach is next to the Hawaiian Electric Plant, which outflows clean warm water through two large cooling pipes. The pipes run out into the ocean and at the opening the water temperature is several degrees warmer than normal, which attracts a variety of sea life.

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Kahe Power Plant, Oahu

BEST TOUR FOR SNORKELING WITH TURTLES AND DOLPHINS

Tour: Eco-Friendly Dolphin and Snorkel Half-Day Cruise (Best Seller)

If watching wild spinner dolphins and snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles are what you are looking for, Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Half-Day Cruise is just what you need. You’ll get a fully inclusive tour that offers transport to and from hotels, meals on-board your boat, two complimentary alcoholic beverages, and free use of snorkel gear. The captain and the crew are personable, knowledgeable, and professional so you will definitely enjoy their journey. The excursion starts at 9:00 A.M. and you will return to Waikiki around 1:00 P.M. If you are lucky, giant humpback whales will be there to greet you. If ever you don’t encounter dolphins, you will still receive a snorkeling activity at no cost or a cruise with cocktail and sunset.

Click Here to check the rates and availability of this tour on the booking website.

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IS IT SAFE TO SWIM AT ELECTRIC BEACH (KAHE POINT BEACH PARK)

There is a small channel that you need to swim out of before you reach the open ocean. This can be a little turbulent so keep your eyes open until you get through the channel. Turtles are sometimes in the channel but it isn’t the best place to stop and look as the current is strong. The waves break onto the beach through this channel, which is about 30-meters wide. If it is a rough day, you can have a hard time getting out of the channel to the open water.

The main thing is to consider your own swimming ability. Locals and comfortable swimmers will have no problem at this beach but if you are new to snorkeling and swimming in the ocean, I wouldn’t suggest going to this beach without a local guide. The waves can rattle some people in the channel and then you are in deep water out in the open with nowhere to rest. This isn’t a good spot for those not confident in the water or kids that will get tired and have little experience with snorkeling.

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Kahe Power Plant, west Oahu

WHAT TO EXPECT AT ELECTRIC BEACH (KAHE POINT BEACH PARK)

Not only is there an abundance of sea life, the water clarity is as good as it gets on Oahu. This beach provides a perfect combination of clear water and tons to see.

Once you are out through the entrance channel, keep your eyes open as you are now in Hawaiian Sea Turtle territory. I have snorkeled here more than 15 times and have seen at least one turtle on every swim.

Schools of Angelfish will float by as well as Butterfly fish, Parrot fish, Damsel fish, Surgeon fish. An abundance of coral on the sea floor is home to the vast array of fish, eels, and hundreds of different species of sea creatures.

Before you know it, you will be in depths of more than 40 feet. There is old machinery and other cool things to dive down to and check out. In water this deep, the atmosphere is truly amazing, it feels like you are on another planet, it’s truly beautiful.

electric beach oahu

 

DOLPHINS AT ELECTRIC BEACH (KAHE POINT BEACH PARK)

In the distance you will see a lot of charter boats. They are part dolphin excursions and turtle excursions and tours.

Put your head under water and if you hear the squealing noises of dolphins you can swim out further and hopefully swim with a pod of Spinner Dolphins. Sometimes you can see them from the beach too.

I swam with dolphins at this beach and was less than 400 yards from shore, which isn’t a huge swim with fins on. I have also heard whale noises while underwater at this beach but am yet to swim with a whale.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO RESPECT THE SEALIFE AND RULES

Respect the sea life by not touching, chasing, or harassing them. Turtles will often hang around you if you are calm, but they won’t hesitate to swim away if you get too close to them. It is a privilege to witness wildlife in their natural habitat, be sure to respect all of the creatures you encounter and the nature that surrounds you. The official rule is to always be at least 5m away from turtles and all sea-life.

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MORE OAHU BLOG POSTS

I lived on Oahu for two years and loved adventuring from the beaches to the mountains to the waterfalls! These are my most popular blog post and guides from the beautiful island of Oahu to help you plan your trip!

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The best Waterfalls: 11 AMAZING WATERFALLS ON OAHU, HAWAII

Ultimate Cliff Jumping Guide: 11 BEST CLIFF JUMPING SPOTS ON OAHU, HAWAII

Guide to Swimming with Sea Turtles: WHERE TO SEE TURTLES ON OAHU, HAWAII

The Best Hikes on Oahu: 10 BEST HIKES ON OAHU, HAWAII

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  6. Jackson, amazing blog. I’ve got so much insights than I have anywhere else.

    You talked a lot about swimming out to meet these amazing creatures. I wonder if you were doing that alone or with a group. Or if you would suggest anyone swim out for the dolphins/turtles at Electric Beach alone. Are there sharks? Any potential hazards? Would love to know what you think.

    Thanks again! And have fun in Asia. ( I follow you on insta too:)

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