Circling the East Coast to Waimanalo Beach Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, USA


The car culture of the United States works it’s way into the weave of island living in the Hawaiian Islands. Having a car and getting to beaches in remote areas of Hawaii is indeed possible and something to easily look forward to with a little advance planning. We would visit Waimanalo Beach today; a seven mile stretch of beach heaven in remote South East Oahu.

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Activity: Circling the East Coast to Waimanalo Beach Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America.

On our last activity away from the Waikiki Beach area, we headed out on for a day on the East Coast of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. It was one part of the islands I had yet to see so I was looking forward to the coastline and what we might see in this area.

Getting to Waimanalo Beach Bay:

Like our other day trips, we rented a vehicle for our transportation needs from the Hertz Hyatt Waikiki Beach outlet. The Hertz Waikiki Beach Outlet is located immediately across the street from the Sheraton Princess Kaiuilani, making it a super convenient pick up point.

We received another Hertz Presidents Circle upgrade from a mid size to a full size as a blue Nissan Altima.

We set out from the Sheraton Princess Kaiuhani and headed to Lanai Point. We passed by the Hamanuma Bay Nature Preserve where we were earlier in our trip. We headed over to Lanai Point and the Halona Blowhouse Lookout.

Halona Blowhouse Lookout:

The Halona Blow Hole was located just off the highway. It was home to some wonderful views along the rocky shoreline.

We were treated to some inspiring Hawaiian coast line views along our trip and at Lanai Point where we had some views of the lava encrusted shoreline.

The Blow Hole was not blowing much today, if at all. We had a brief pause with some photographs. We headed onwards around the lighthouse around the south eastern corner of the island.

The shoreline was well worth stopping for sightseeing. Travelling this route by car made it all worthwhile with the means and ability to stop at any point in this pretty corner of the world.

Then we stopped in a Waimanlo Bay for a day at the beach. The ability to access all these world class beaches based on a short drive from your hotel in Waikiki is truly a special experience.


The Waimanlo Bay Beach Area:

The Waimanlo Bay Beach area is an absolutely spectacular and deserted beach that stretched for at least 7 miles up the coast. It is a rugged and somewhat isolated are that does not get a lot of regular traffic. This allows visitors to experience Hawaii’s beaches in a rugged, but awe inspiring landscape.

There happened to be a Portugese Man of War Jelly Fish in the water during our visit. The tides apparently bring them towards this beach without any prevailing schedule. As a result of this, we elected not to go into the water. There were at least two that got stung during our 4 hour stay here so this was a wise decision.

It was a pretty relaxing visit. With two portable chairs, we were hanging out on the water with the sounds waves crashing against the shore, a light breeze coming off the water.  The perfect key to relaxation.

We self catered with drinks and snacks. It was a good thing as there were no food trucks available in the area.

After a day at the beach, we stopped at Maui Brewing Company for happy hour prior to taking the scenic route 61 back to town. We had some beautiful views as we took the highway across the Hawaiian mountain range.

We returned to the Sheraton Princess Kauihani with another discovery complete on the Hawaiian Island Oahu, Hawaii.

My Thoughts on Visiting Waimanalo Beach:

Our visit to Waimanalo Beach area took us to a more isolated and rural area of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Waimanalo Beach area offered the experience of hanging out on a rugged seven miles beach in one of the more isolated beaches in Hawaii. While it was well off the tourist trail, if offered a glimpse into the local life away from the resort areas of Honolulu, USA.

If you have visited Oahu’s local beaches, did you have one favourite over another ?

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