The beach park is open to the public every weekend, from noon on Friday to 6:00 A.M. on Monday, and on every federal and state holiday, from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following day.
We have been to this beach several times. There are usually some decent size waves that break close in. We love to go to Waimanalo Beach to boogie board. There are great views and the water is clean. There are usually a lot of people camping. I like to go here because there are indoor showers so we can get the kids washed off before we leave. There is plenty of parking and the entrance is just a small park road so it is pretty secluded. The views of the mountains are beautiful! This is a gorgeous, fun beach to spend the day away from the crowds and have a picnic.
This is a great place to slow down. Waimanalo is often referred to as God's country. Come here and find out why. This is a LOCAL hangout. It isn't a fast paced tourist area. It's a bit off the beaten path and worth the trip. Remember to check the newspaper about tides. The one negative of this place is the jelly fish. They come out once a month and they are nasty. Its not unique to Waimanalo. If the jellies are out, they'll be all over. Your hotel concierge should be able to let you know. Have a great time!
Not sure if it was just the day we went, but I would not make the drive out to spend the day at Waimanalo again. Our kids totally didn't want to get into the water even though they were happily diving in and out at Waikiki the day before. The beach isn't particular wide...so much better elsewhere. Lot so coral that can cut little and big feet too.
Waimanalo Beach Park is a great place for learning how to bodysurf or boogieboard. The waves are small enough so you won’t get hurt but forceful enough to let you maneuver about. There are restrooms, a picnic area, a pay phone, and a lifeguard on duty. This is Oahu’s longest stretch of sandy, swimmable coastline—31⁄2 miles long. It’s a veritable paradise for beachcombers!
Just beyond Waimanalo Beach Park, look for the turnoff immediately after the McDonald’s. The sign for Sherwood Forest is small and difficult to see, but the beach is definitely worth a stop. The surf is calm, inviting, and a great place for the whole family. The waves aren’t big enough to surf, and the water is safe year-round for young children.
The only potential hazard here is the frequent appearance of Portuguese man-ofwars. Look around the shoreline for any that have washed up. They look like quartersize opaque bubbles with long, bluish tails. A sting is really no big deal and feels much like a bee sting, providing you have no serious allergic complications.
If there are no man-of-wars on the sand, then it’s a green light to jump in the water. If you do get stung, the quickest remedy is, believe it or not, meat tenderizer. In fact, most local beachgoing moms and dads always bring a bottle of meat tenderizer with them to the beach . . . just in case.
this beach is a good one if you want to get away from the crowded beaches of waikiki, but it's pretty windy here. this was our baby's first beach experience and he hated it -- he was constantly getting sand blown in his eyes. if you're looking for a beach with some shade options, this is great because a small grove of trees separates the parking lot from the beach.