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Sandy Beach Park

8800 Kalanianaole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825
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Ranked #89 of 322 Attractions in Oahu
Type: Beaches
Activities: Surfing, People-watching
Traveler Description: When you watch the (local) body boarders that call this beach home it is very easy to become excited and anxious to jump in to the fun. WARNING: This... more »
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Madrid, Spain
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216 reviews 216 reviews
130 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Sandy Beach, not really secluded from anything, remains less visited than other beaches. It has become my favorite beach in Hawaii. Clean soft, almost dusty, sand, wide, long, so big that you will not feel surrounded, this beach is a must for surf lovers. Yes it will not have the waves of the North Shore, but what you have here... More

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San Diego, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Want a real Hawaiian beach experience? Hit Sandy Beach for sure! There are grassy areas for the sand averse but the rest of the beach has amazing surf for body boarders and body surfers alike. Not the "surf" type? No problem! Grab the kids and head to the south end of the beach for some populated tide pools (with the... More

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Makawao, Hawaii
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visitors beware. The lifeguards are pretty good about spotting the inexperienced, especially families with little kids. They are great about coming out, talking to them and directing them to safer beaches. The sun is also brutal here and there is little shade. There are showers and clean restrooms. Itʻs a great place to watch local bodysurfers or the pounding surf... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Probably the most dangerous beach on the island. A huge shore break that is responsible for the greatest number of neck and back injuries in all of Hawaii. It's very popular among body surfers but, from experience, I urge you to use caution here. I have nearly ruptured disc as a reminder of my carelessness!

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Edmonton, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

we just visited sandy beach and my first impression is a nice scenic drive on the way there, only about 30 min. from waikiki. you want big waves, here you go. waves are as high as 4 - 10 ft, some even 12- 15 ft. many locals come to this place so very few tourists are spotted here. many bring... More

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Rush county
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This beach could be called "Rough & tumble" or "I dare you to try and not get knocked down." The waves were fierce. My husband, who is 6'2" and 220 lbs got knocked down in a heartbeat, and he was only in a foot of water! The lifeguard said she had pulled several people out that afternoon. She gave us... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My family went twice during a week long trip in Oahu. This is a serious beach with no nonsense lifeguards. It is completely inappropriate for small children, who would do best at the low to no surf Waikiki beaches. This beach has the lovely waves, golden sand and convenient to shore toilets and showers that makes it a perfect bus... More

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Kingman, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We only stopped here to watch the experts do what they do here - wouldn't even think of going in the water. It's one of the largest beach parks we've seen with plenty of parking and space. Good for a picnic and people watching It drives me bonkers when people don't listen to the lifeguards - they do, in fact,... More

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Allen, Tx
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beach and surf here was awesome. You must be careful as I was caught in 2 waves that took me down. If you are in the surf with kids keep them within reach. Lots of fun. We also explored the shoreline , watching the surf crash into the rocks and explored the pools of water filled with small fish.... More

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Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
16 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Warning! Run away! The waves are big - I'm a east coast (continental) wimp. These were bigger waves than I've ever experienced. I was beaten, bruised, and exhilarated. I could have been hurt but wasn't. Five stars it is!

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