Lovely stretch of beach on the East side of Oahu. Not suitable for young kids to swim because the surf can be high and the under current is very strong. However, there is a wonderful protected area with tidepools that even tots can explore safely. Big rocks create a safe and calm area around the tidepools.
This was a great beach for older kids and adults but I would not recommend taking young children here because they can't even get in the water. It's a great beach for boogie boarding and the beach is really nice with minimal rocks, so it's nice for laying out if you aren't a boogie boarder, just make sure to go in the morning or it'll start getting shady in the afternoon.
Strong body surfers and body boarders will love this beach, although the huge waves and killer current had the lifeguards on duty chasing everyone out of the water at one point. I can see how other reviewers would rate the sand a kids' dream, but my kids just won't stay out of the water so it's not a great beach for us with the family. However, my husband loved the waves and body surfed for an hour!
Sandy Beach is know for boogie boards or bodyboarders. However, the current can get pretty strong so make sure you're a good swimmer. The waves break right on shore which can be a little dangerous at times. There are lifeguards on duty.
They also have a huge field across the beach which is great for flying kites.
Sandy Beach is perfect beach for teenage kids to watch the local body surfers so close up or a place to stop if you can't get into Hanuama Bay. A good bet is to stop by Foodland at Koko Marina Shopping Center get hot lunch plate (bar-b-que beef or shrimp), etc and then drive to Sandy Beach to sink your feet in the "best sand" on the island, eat your lunch, watch the locals body surf and/or watch the unexperience tourist get taken away by ambulance. Local call it "Broke Neck" beach. Obama use to body surf here but too dangerous for the Prez.
Sandy Beach is popular with local boogieboarders and surfers, but it’s not recommended as safe swimming for visitors. More broken necks, injured backs, and drowings occur here than at any other beach in the entire state! Lifeguards here have been known to ask visitors to remain on shore. It is beautiful, however, and it’s quite entertaining to watch the local athletes expertly maneuver the big waves.