Situated on the southeastern tip of Oahu island, Sandy Beach is a beautiful and remote spot that is far from the well-trodden tourist path.
Thirty minutes by car from Waikiki, it is just beyond the Halona Blowhole and makes a dramatic first impression for those driving along the single track road on the lava cliffs from Koko Head Crater. There is plenty of free parking at this sheltered inlet of aquamarine waters, making it easy to unload your body board and beach gear and descend to the beach itself.
Sandy Beach Park is renowned for its fine sand, hence its name, and its impressive breaks for surfing. You can also swim in the surf and get coated in the fine sand which is carried like a suspension in the pounding waves. Such is the surf that it is likely to shake loose anything from your pockets, including keys and cash, so be warned!
The surf spot at Sandy Beach is nicknamed “Gas Chambers” by locals as the waves break onshore with such force that they create a fine mist in the air.
The beach itself is beautiful with golden sands nested at the foot of the dark rocky cliffs. Despite the remote location, Sandy Beach has beach showers, restrooms, picnic tables and a lifeguard but you’ll need to bring your own food and drinks.
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