Maili Beach Park
One of the most beautiful beaches on the west side of Oahu, Maili Beach Park stretches across 40 acres of land along the coast. White sand, turquoise water, and gorgeous mountain views create a pristine oasis that stands apart from some of the other beaches in the area that aren't quite as aesthetically appealing, due to being in the midst of industrial environments.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Maili Beach features high surf in the winter month, and clear, turquoise water year round. It is ideal for beachgoers looking to soak up some sun, bodyboard, and swim, with plenty of space for picnics or a ball game. The huge grassy park area also has a workout area, and a walking/running path that winds all the way through it. There are even campsites scattered throughout the park, so if you are looking to camp on the beach, this is one of the prettiest options on Oahu!
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, snorkeling (on calm days), bodyboarding, surfing, camping, picnics, working out, ball games
WARNINGS!: The surf can be very high in the winter, and there can be strong currents year-round. If in doubt, check with the lifeguards before going into the water. Also, much of the shoreline is lined with rock. Be sure to lock your car, and don't leave anything valuable in sight.
Showers, ample parking, restrooms, campsites, charcoal disposal barrels, workout area
This sprawling beach park is a true gem on Oahu's leeward side. With long stretches of white sand, extensive grassy areas, shade trees, and even a workout area, there is something here to please everyone. In general, the beaches on the west side aren't as crowded and chaotic as the beaches in Waikiki and other very "touristy" areas, and Maili Beach Park is no exception. Halfway up the coast toward Kaena Point, it is located right off the highway and makes a great "beach stop" on your way either to or from Kaena Point, or is worth a trip just for itself.
Closest town: Waianae
- From Honolulu: Take the H1 W. Keep left to take H201 W/HI-78 W (exit 19B) toward Fort Shafter/Aiea. Merge onto H1 W toward Pearl City. H1 W will become HI-93/Farrington Hwy. Maili Beach Park is right off of Farrington Hwy, on the left, north of Kapolei and just about halfway up the coast towards Yokohama Bay/Kaena Point.
- From the west: Maili Beach Park is just south of Waianae. Follow Farrington Hwy toward Honolulu, and the park will be on your right just past Waianae and before Ulehawa Beach Park.