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Sandy Beach Park

8800 Kalanianaole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825
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Ranked #77 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Nice beach, and there was tons of parking available. Current is very strong though...not great for smaller kids of they like to wage in far.

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Arlington, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Waves break really close to shore, what a great time. Feel like a kid everytime I go out there. It's definitely go at your own risk, I went and the waves were 8-12 feet.

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upstate ny
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Great beach for laying on but if you are not experienced with waves do not go in. Sandy Beach has the most broken backs and necks out of any beach in the world. Yes this is where the native Hawaiians go. Yes this is where the young people go. And yes some people do live here as they do all... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We stopped here on a weekday in November and watched crazy people bodyboarding. Or at least trying to! It was beautiful but not a good swimming beach for tourists. In fact, the waves were so fierce that the lifeguard was telling tourists to get completely out of the water. And yeah, it was pretty obvious who the tourists were! This... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a great stretch of beach that's really popular with locals, so you know its good. It's extremely tempting to give bodysurfing a try after watching the locals do it because it looks so fun. But keep watching for a little while longer and you'll start to see more and more people get pounded into the sand; not a... More

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Glensted Mo
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Our family went there twice while on vacation. Four members snorkeled there and saw more varities of fish, eels and turtles at Sandy Beach than they saw on the pricey catamaran cruise taken on different day. Note there is a fee for admission to the beach. If you want to just look at the area there is a great viewing... More

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Sydney, Australia
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569 attraction reviews
574 helpful votes 574 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Ever wanted to get-up- close -and personal with native Hawaiians?...... then,this is the perfect place to be sardined with the locals ,who revel in this formation,making it a great show- piece of flesh and magnificent shore-break. Monster ocean swells rolling onto the beach combine with the rise in the ocean floor,to cause waves to jack up and crash spectacularly onto... More

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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This beach is one where I think mostly locals go but I don't reccommend it. Waves and shoreline are rough for a new beachgoer(fyi). We were there for a week and stayed with Family that lived close by. Homeless people live here also.

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Northeast USA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
7 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Great views from here. I personally didn't go in the water myself. The waves were just too big. My companion went in and she got tossed out and wound up full of sand. I had to say "Well, I guess that's why they call it Sandy Beach! LOL!" Be aware of your surroundings when you are there. A lot of... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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150 reviews 150 reviews
129 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Nice views, plenty of parking that is free. Not a beach to go out of the way for, but a nice one to stop at if you are in the area. The waves are kind of big, so maybe not the best place for non-swimmers.

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