The west side of Oahu is a beautiful stretch of island paradise. Beaches, caves, hikes are spread throughout the west coast. After living on the island for two years I compiled a list of the Best West Oahu Beaches.
Best beaches on the west side of Oahu
Makaha Beach is a great spot for surfing when the swell is up and many tournaments are during the year. Often giant SUP’s will be out catching waves here with more than 10 people on board. If you want a chill vibe with small crowds, Makaha Beach is one of the best beaches on the west side of Oahu.
The most western of all the west Oahu beaches is Keawaula Beach or Yokohama Beach. Another prime spot for bodyboarding and surfing this beach is paradise. The huge mountain backdrop makes the shore even more epic and cements it as the most atmospheric beach on the west side of Oahu.
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This 40-acre beach park is located next to the Farrington Highway. Maili is one of the best west oahu beaches to enjoy a picnic in the park before a refreshing swim.
This beach is a bit of an adventurers playground. The rocky coastline is great for fishing, exploring and even a bit of cliff-jumping. The beach itself is a typical Oahu beach with beautiful sand and a small shore-break to play in.
Kahe Beach (Electric Beach)
Electric Beach is next to the water pipe from the Electric Plant. It is totally safe but it just means the water is a bit warmer, which attracts fish and marine life. Therefore it is a prime location to swim with turtles, fish and a variety of fish species. For more info about this beach check out my article on snorkeling at Electric Beach
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Pokay Bay is the most protected of the west Oahu beaches because of it’s breakwater. Even when other leeward beaches get big swells Pokai Bay remains calm all year round. A great beach for SUP or Kayaking.
Ewa means ‘crooked’ or ‘ill fitting’ in Hawaiian. The myth goes that gods Kane and Kanaloa threw a stone determining the boundaries. However the stone was lost and later found at Pili o Kahe.
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When the surf is calm this is a great little sandy beach for swimming and relaxing but during the winter the current can get quite strong.
Also commonly known as ‘Turtle Beach’, named after the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. The white sand contrasts beautifull against the azure, warm water. In the winter this beach has a strong shore-break and can become quite dangerous.
You might also like this list of the best North Shore Oahu Beaches
Ko olina Beach Resort
Although Ko olina is a resort, the beaches must remain public. This means you can enjoy the resort life without having to pay. It isn’t great if you are looking for seclusion but it is picturesque and has all of the amenities you might expect from a classy resort.
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Makua Beach is almost the last west Oahu beach if not for Yokohama Beach. At Makua Beach you might bump into some Hawaiian Sea Turtles, dolphins, schools of fish. This beach is also a great spot for bodyboarding or playing in the waves. Although, you should be careful because the waves can get monstrous at certain times of the year. For camping and full-day adventures this is my top pick for a beach on the west coast of Oahu.
Where to stay on Oahu
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort (Overall Favorite): In the heart of Waikiki, this high-end resort is right on the beach. Luxury rooms overlooking the beach, a private lagoon and a free fireworks and dance performance show.
Sheraton Waikiki (Luxury): A luxury resort with the most amazing infinity pool on the island, which overlooks the beach. The bar and nightclub at the Sheraton is a great place to relax after a long day of island adventures.
Ewa Hotel Waikiki: (Value): Hotels in Waikiki can be expensive. Deciding where to stay on Oahu can be difficult if you don’t have much cash. Luckily, there is an accommodation option on the edge of Waikiki that is excellent value.
Waikiki Beachside Hostel (Budget Choice): A budget alternative, which is still in an amazing location. Walking distance to Waikiki beach and a central location to base yourself for a week of adventures.
Disney Aulani Resort (Family Choice): This is a resort your kids will never forget. It honestly feels like a theme park at times with just how many pools and activities are available. If you can afford it, this is the #1 place to stay for families on Oahu.
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