Aptly named, Maunalua (meaning two mountains) is located along a beautiful stretch of southeastern Oahu coast in-between Diamond Head and Koko Head. This bay is a watersport lover's dream, offering wide-open space, epic views, and perfect conditions for paddling, fishing, and sailing.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Conveniently located just off of Hawaii Kai Drive, Maunalua Bay is hugely expansive with large grassy areas, several parking lots, a boat launch, canoe storage, and even a sandy stretch of beach.
ACTIVITIES: Boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, picnics, canoeing, kayaking
WARNINGS!: If you go in the water, be aware of fishing lines. Overnight parking is allowed for those out on boats, but be sure not to leave any valuables in your car.
AMENITIES: Lots of parking, picnic tables, showers, restrooms, boat launch, overnight parking for boat trailers
Maunalua Bay curves along Kalanianaole Highway and is just a short drive from Waikiki or the Windward side. Hawaii Kai's Town Center is located just across the street, with plenty of food options and anything else you might need during a day at the beach.
Since it is a bay, the water is calm, clear, and shallow. It's a popular kayaking, canoeing, and SUP spot, and you'll likely see numerous fishing lines scattered down the beach as well as families set up in the sand.
In addition to paddling activities, it's a favorite on the island for parasailing and jet skiing. The boat launch provides easy access to the ocean and during the winter months, the area is a popular playground for humpback whales.
Although Maunalua Bay is suited more for fishing and other water activities rather than swimming, you will see young children splashing around in the shallow water and, sometimes, snorkelers exploring the clear bay.
Closest town: Hawaii Kai
- From Honolulu, take the H1 East. It will turn into Kalanianaole Highway, which will take you directly to the bay. Maunalua Bay will be to your right, off of Hawaii Kai Drive and across from the Town Center.
- From the Windward side, take Kalanianaole Highway south toward Honolulu. Maunalua Bay will be on your left, past Koko Head, off of Hawaii Kai Drive and across from the Town Center.